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  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Russell Tovey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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High Fidelity

By: Nick Hornby
Narrated by: Russell Tovey
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Summary

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, read by Russell Tovey.

Nick Hornby's first novel, an international best seller and instantly recognized by critics and readers alike as a classic, helps to explain men to women and men to men.

Rob is good on music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what's decent and what isn't. But he's much less good on relationships. In fact he's not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone. So it's hardly surprising that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.

©2005 Nick Hornby (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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High Fidelity Twenty (One) Years On

I own the paperback of this dating back to the mid 90s when it formed part of the "New Lad" zeitgeist. Although I have now read it at least twice, I thought that I'd give the audiobook version a whirl.

So, the plot: thirty something Rob Fleming, owner of an independent record Shop called 'Championship Vinyl' in Archway, North London, teaches a crunch point on his life when his live-in girlfriend, lawyer Laura leaves him. Cue, heartbreak, introspection and a whole load of 'top 5' lists in that typically male autistic way.

Russell Tovey is an appalling narrator; the worst I'd heard so far in my experience of Audible titles. He places pauses in the wrong places, his vocal cadence is all over the place and he's got a grating tone. I therefore will be avoiding all other titles narrated by him.

Warning: there's a fair amount of swearing in this book, more than I recall really. It's worth noting if you're playing the title out loud at home.

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Great Story full of nostalgia

The book itself is a time (less) classic but narration a bit flat and lifeless

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Terrible narrator

Love this story, one of my favourite books however the narration is terrible. What is with all the long pauses in the middle of sentences??

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terrible

boring story line and badly read. Kept hoping things would pick up and they didn't. Very disappointing.

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Bliss

One of my all time favourite films (yes it's one on my list) and I feel quite ashamed that I have only just got round to the book. It was mesmerising, a treasure in my collection and one I will listen to again and again.

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A modern classic

Really enjoyed this book, although I am a huge fan of the film, it's not often that a film is as good as the book, but in this case they are both brilliant. Nick really gets you deep into the psychosis of a/ 35yr old single man!

Russel Tovey does a great job narrating, even if he does sound like Jack Dee occasionally!

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Possibly my favourite novel of all time

I used to listen to the abridged version of this and it was read by Nigel Planer. It was the best narration of a book ever. Tovey is decent as a narrator and definitely grows into it. The first few minutes are oddly stilted. But it’s hard to hear a different voice reading it. The book itself is superb, definitely in my top five novels of the 90s. I’ve got the list written down somewhere …

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Don’t be put off by reviews about Russell Tovey’s narration!

I almost didn’t buy this because of the reviews on Russell Tovey’s narration but I’m glad I did. His manner of speaking is the same way he speaks when he’s acting, it’s just the way he speaks if you’ve ever seen him in anything. I thought his voice for Rob was perfect. I wasn’t so keen on his voices for the other characters, although Laura was good, but fortunately the main character Rob does by far the most talking and I thought RT was great at that.

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Excellent, though the protagonist turns unlikeable

Excellent book. I actually read About a Boy years ago and wasn't impressed, so I didn't have high hopes for this, but it turned out better than expected. My one complaint is that the protagonist is reasonable and relatable early in the book but becomes a bit of a wanker towards the end.

The audio performance by Russell Tovey was outstanding.

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Smiled and grimaced all the way through!

Have read this book years before but listening to it was even better. Russell Tovey is an excellent narrator and I was sad when it ended. A real true to life story that many people will relate to.

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  • Ashish S.
  • 16-06-18

Thoroughly engaging

A great book made even better by the narrator's performance. It's one of those rare books that are super fun and yet pretty thoughtful.

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  • warwick jackson
  • 07-12-17

Brilliant .

Brilliant book. Dangerously close to the reality of relationships and how men think. Nick Hornby 5 stars

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