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3.00002758925123 out of 53.00002758925123 out of 53.00002758925123 out of 53.00002758925123 out of 53.00002758925123 out of 5 3.00 (36,246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: Scott Brick, Kate Reading, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780786554027
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In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they’ve reached the end of the line.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wildly enjoyable. A daring high-wire act. It’s serious literature…No, it’s popular entertainment...No, it’s both!”

    Seattle Times

  • “Time’s stealthy tread, its unseen ability to heal some wounds while inflicting others, gives Nick Hornby’s darkly comic new novel, A Long Way Down, its genuine power.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “For all his light touches, he is never superficial enough to suggest that these lives that have fallen apart, in four of the millions of ways lives may do so, can easily be patched up and renewed. Whatever limited consolations the book’s survivors find in each other, Hornby resists melodramatic resolutions or glorious moments of redemption, and he doesn’t smuggle away or refute all the reasons his characters took with them to the rooftop where they met, the ones that urged them toward the edge rather than down to the ground the slow way, back into the world.”

    New York Times

  • “Highly moving and lively storytelling: Hornby’s gifts become more apparent with each outing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A dramatic, sad, and thoroughly side-splitting novel.”

    Newsday

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Award
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Art | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, light and not very morbid considering the subject, and pretty well executed. It's the kind of book that makes someone think they can write too, and I mean that in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bells | 2/16/2014

    " Not my favorite Nick Hornby. Felt like it was too much on the surface. It never really got into the heart of why the characters wanted to commit suicide. Wasn't sure why I should even like these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaida | 2/8/2014

    " Enjoyed it a lot, but thought he ending was a bit weak... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffreyd77 | 2/5/2014

    " Hornby's worst, by far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacomien | 1/28/2014

    " Even though I always pick up a Nick Hornby knowing it will be a "light read", I'm always surprised at his accurate insights into people and life. And I love his sense of humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 1/24/2014

    " Read for my Modern Brit Lit class at Montclair. I like Hornby alot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rishi | 1/21/2014

    " Hilarious, if a bit morbid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 1/13/2014

    " Not sure why I keep picking up Nick Hornby novels. They never seem to do it for me. I think I maybe just don't like John Cusack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 1/1/2014

    " Clever, original and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Sorenson | 12/30/2013

    " Well, I listened to this one on audible. Very quirky and fun story. Main Characters meet on a roof top about to jump! Story deals with why each wanted to end their life and how they come to feel differently about the idea through knowing each other. Dark humor? maybe, but still enjoyed this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Lutter | 11/27/2013

    " Dark, sarcastic, witty. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/9/2013

    " This book was strangely heart-warming for a book based around suicide. I was quickly drawn into this story and loved the development of the characters and the odd relationships that were establish. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cecilia | 5/16/2013

    " good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calucifer | 5/5/2013

    " This is a truly great book, highly recommend it, along with anything else Hornby has written, I'm sure even his shopping list would be fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yolanda Ridge | 3/29/2013

    " A totally crazy premise that is surprisingly funny and deeply insightful. Told from the point of view of four different characters contemplating suicide, each voice is unique and somehow endearing in spite of their circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jerica | 3/23/2013

    " All we need is someone to understand us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wispywillow | 3/13/2013

    " I found the writing and storyline a lil different for Nick Hornby but still enjoyed it. Kinda quirky different approach to a plot for a story here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zander | 3/3/2013

    " Entertaining but ultimately a little unsatisfying. The characters are mostly despicable which can be quite entertaining, but I began to skim one of the characters passages by the end of the book. However, it is quite engrossing and a flew through the book- which means it's an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Evans | 11/11/2012

    " I thought this book was so funny and well considered. I give it 3 stars because of the swearing and subject (all the main characters meet because they want to commit suicide at the same time at the same place). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Przybylinski | 5/31/2012

    " A wonderful & clever read of a group of 4 who all met up in a tower block roof to kill themselves and ended up talking themselves down. A good and adventurous read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meea | 2/29/2012

    " I just didn't enjoy the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Bulk | 5/10/2011

    " Appreciated Hornby's writing, but overall story was kinda boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sondra | 5/9/2011

    " After Juliet Naked, I looked forward to reading another Nick Hornby book. This may be a fine book, but I could not connect with the characters and had to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/8/2011

    " Great cast of characters with distinct voices "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 5/6/2011

    " I'm a big fan of Nick Hornby and really thoroughly enjoyed "About a Boy," "High Fidelity," and "How to Be Good." I didn't enjoy this book at all. The concept is depressing, but I figured Nick would find a way to make it humorous. I was wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/25/2011

    " This was the book that got me in to Nick Drake. I feel I owe it something for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 4/18/2011

    " One of the best book i´ve ever read.
    It made me think.. And still makes (every time i read it again). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tris | 4/18/2011

    " Didn't love it. This book asked me to play along with its pretty farfetched plot, which I was happy to do until I wasn't anymore. I just got bored. It wasn't serious enough to be serious and wasn't funny enough to be funny, and I kept wanting to like the characters more than I did. Just okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 4/12/2011

    " sufficiently outside my ken. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna | 4/11/2011

    " so four people climb to the top of a building with the intent of jumping but find each other instead. despite its premise the book manages to be uplifting without being schmaltzy. often funny, always honest. and an excellent study in the nuances of style and character development. "

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About the Author
Author Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, Slam, Juliet, Naked, and Funny Girl, as well as several works of nonfiction. He lives in London.

About the Narrators

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.