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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: David Case Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698405011
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Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures.

Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women—women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will—might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers—bright, attractive, available women—thousands of them, were all over London. He just had to find them.

SPAT: Single Parents—Alone Together. It was a brilliant plan. And Will wasn't going to let the fact that he didn't have a child himself hold him back. A fictional two-year-old named Ned wouldn't be the first thing he'd invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual twelve-year-old named Marcus, who is more than Will bargained for...

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Quotes & Awards

  • A follow up to High Fidelity...About a Boy is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale...shrewdly hilarious."—Entertainment Weekly

    "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance."—The New York Times Book Review

  • The conversations between Will and Marcus are hilariously loopy."—The Boston Globe
  • An amusing male-bonding theme...stylish, well-observed"—People
  • Writing with real 'soul.'"—Harper's Bazaar
  • An utterly charming, picaresque tale of an older guy, a young kid, and the funky, dysfunctional real-life ties that bind—and unbind."—Vogue

  • Winner of ALA Notable Book
  • Winner of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • Winner of New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 2/20/2014

    " Richly drawn characters make this story a pleasure to read, even as you cringe at some of the things WIll and Marcus do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chasisty | 2/18/2014

    " This is another book I just love! I also read this book about once a year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ozlem | 2/17/2014

    " A very long short story. I was bored. I did not like the plot. At first it was concentrating on both Will and Marcus. Suddenly everything became all about Marcus. End was weak as well. "

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

    " I would have liked to rate this a 3.5. The book was an easy read. The most interesting and real people to me were Fiona and Marcus. I liked their stories and see how they grew and progressed throughout the book. Will needs to get it together. I can't stand people who have no motivation in life and just are passing by - even though that is what made him happy (I suppose?) and he was okay with that. Overall it was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " An extremely breezy read; I read this on a plane so it was just perfect. Though it is one of the few cases where I liked the movie even better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niketa | 12/22/2013

    " Enjoyed it more than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Baker | 12/21/2013

    " Quirky and endearing! It was an easy read, which is sometimes the best thing you need. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Cat | 12/16/2013

    " It grows on you, thoroughly charming light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/5/2013

    " i enjoyed this so much - the film's also a big favourite, that I'm going to embark on a Nick Hornby re -readathon. I love reading books set in North London! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/16/2013

    " Liked the movie (was expecting to like it better than the book)--but the book totally blew me away. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pierre | 11/1/2013

    " Totally hilarious. Especially the bit with the duck. All the characters are a bit caricatural but this is a fun book ... it packs no punches and ... we've all known people like this. Yes, you know who you are! The film adaptation with Hugh Grant was OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Sunshine | 9/19/2013

    " This was pretty different from the movie, I was surprised. It was very good though. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie-Louise | 8/10/2013

    " Cute, and a billion times better than the film. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 8/10/2013

    " not my cup of tea, very hetero/self-absorbed protagonist, and i couldn't rid myself of the image of hugh grant playing him in the movie. an immature straight man discovers that it's time to mature, yawn. the boy was more interesting, but not even fleshed out to make the story engaging. sorry nick... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'Neill | 5/10/2013

    " Another great book from Hornby. My third personal favorite of his (behind High Fidelity and Fever Pitch). A very clever and witty story about a stunted man in his mid-thirties and the boy he befriends. It's one of his more 'grown-up' stories and quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/7/2013

    " It was a cute and funny light read. Not at all deep, but not too superficial. I devoured it in three days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 diana | 11/2/2012

    " i always loved this one, even liked the movie. i like nick hornby because he can be poignant without being depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 10/13/2012

    " A lot better than the movie (obviously, that's usually the case). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 4/8/2012

    " Listened to this book in the car. GREAT! Love listening to books read with English accent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arli | 10/27/2011

    " Hornby could make a man's life (In this case, Will's life) interesting to read. Add to that Marcus' take on the world as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/18/2011

    " Hornby is a master. Funny, yet gravely serious; sarcastic and still poignant. Read it. What more is there to say? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 5/18/2011

    " unique story, nice relaxing read, interesting and flawed characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/14/2011

    " a really feel-good read. and the film actually does live up to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 5/14/2011

    " the first 3/4 of the book was very similar to the movie. but i like his writing style, and overall really enjoyed the book. don't really understand why they didn't force that suicidal mom into therapy tho?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magillco | 5/12/2011

    " Nick Hornby is funny and smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottie | 5/10/2011

    " Having seen the movie first, I enjoyed the fact that the book was different. While both are enjoyable, I preferred the movie's version a little more. The book is a quick read and enjoyable, so I do highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 5/4/2011

    " One of the few occasions when I've liked the movie better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndi | 4/29/2011

    " I was kind of surprised how much I liked this book. I guess I expected something different... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 4/27/2011

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 4/26/2011

    " Good read!

    I appreciate Hornby's subtle commentary on men in the twenty-first century. "

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

    " I still think about diving my unplanned time into 30 minute units. Genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merissa | 4/11/2011

    " My dear Nick Hornby,
    WHY SO GLUM? Wise, charming read
    but so much ennui! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/9/2011

    " Nice situation novel about disfunctional (= normal) families. "

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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.