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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of About a Boy by Nick Hornby, read by Stephen Mangan.

Nick Hornby's second best-selling novel is about sex, manliness and fatherhood.

Will is 36, comfortable and child-free. And he's discovered a brilliant new way of meeting women - through single-parent groups.

Marcus is 12 and a little bit nerdish: he's got the kind of mother who made him listen to Joni Mitchell rather than Nirvana. Perhaps they can help each other out a little bit, and both can start to act their ages.

©2016 Nick Hornby (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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Great!

I've been quite ill recently and needed a way to pass the time without needed to look at anything. So audio books have been perfect.

I've seen the film, and very much enjoyed the book. Read brilliantly, I would recommend.

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Oh my God.

I've always loved this book but to actually hear Will speak to you was really something.

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Miles better than the film...

What made the experience of listening to About a Boy the most enjoyable?

Nick Hornby writes in such a way as to make you feel as though you know the characters. Plus, since it's a long time since I first read the book, I was pleased that the book was significantly better than the film!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to say. Will and Marcus need one another to be effective, I think.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Marcus is trying to hide the fact that Kurt Cobain has died.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I can never do that, I like to spread the story out over a few trips to and from work.

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Enter than the film

I bought this as I'd love the film version but this was so much more enjoyable. More detail and a different storyline in places.