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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 Vanc Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

  • “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.”


  • “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

  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jeffreyd77 | 2/5/2014

    " Hornby's worst, by far. "

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