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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: David Cale Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780786546916
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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films; top five Elvis Costello songs; top five episodes of Cheers.

Rob tries dating a singer, but maybe it’s just that he’s always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think that life with kids, marriage, barbecues, and soft rock CDs might not be so bad.

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Quotes & Awards

  • As funny, compulsive and contemporary a first novel as you could wish for. GQ

    "One of the top ten books of the year.

  • It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music. The New Yorker
  • Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you'll find yourself nodding and smiling. High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation that you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve and depth than anything you can recall. The New York Times Book Review
  • Hornby's seamless prose and offhand humor make for one hilarious set piece after another, as suffering, self-centered Rob ruminates on women, sex, and Abbey Road. But then he's forced to consider loneliness, fitting-in, death, and failure—and that is what lingers. Spin
  • Keep this book away from your girlfriend—it contains too many of your secrets to let it fall into the wrong hands. Details

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/10/2014

    " Quite entertaining! Mildly upsetting, but with a feel-good ending. Bonus points for being British. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/9/2014

    " I have too read this before. What does it say that I didn't remember? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziroana | 2/2/2014

    " Really good! Very funny and fast paced. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emanuela Bonaffini | 1/31/2014

    " Nick Hornby strongly emits the guy's perspective on life with such effervescence, that you can't help but to relate and understand the character's inside monologue despite his faults, obsessions and wits. Filled with great musical references and fresh voices, High Fidelity is now on my personal top five favourite books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abhishek Mishra | 1/23/2014

    " Smile on my face while reading it throughout :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arvi James | 1/20/2014

    " Definitely in my top five books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynmar | 1/14/2014

    " Absolutely hilarious. Anyone that has put themselves out there at any point in their lives in the dating scene can appreciate the humor and empathize with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Borshuk | 1/10/2014

    " Delightfully funny and occasionally moving in chronicling the days of one of "those guys" to whom I can relate too well: those overgrown blokes who spend too much time consumed by old soul records and personal top-five lists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy M. | 1/6/2014

    " Simple but frustrating at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/10/2013

    " probably loved because of John Cusack! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chezley | 12/1/2013

    " Read this one in college and promptly fell in love with Nick Hornby's style...and of course his protagonist,Rob. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuelle Silva | 11/25/2013

    " Rob Flemming is Bridget Johnes with an Y chromosome Good reading, fun with an interesting history of the old "know yourself" that shall find many young men portrayed. For girls I would say is curious to observe the male emotional universe completely naked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 11/17/2013

    " The movie followed the book exactly so either do one or the other - no need for both - unless you're a John Cusack fan (which I am) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kean Soo | 10/12/2013

    " Still a favourite, still great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Demian Kendall | 9/29/2013

    " So much to love in this book. Tortured romance, pop music obsession, British wit and cynicism, interesting writing, plus a movie that is equally good and tells a different story while telling the same story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nor Fadzleen | 2/19/2013

    " A fun whimsical read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Ulrich | 10/19/2012

    " I had already watched the movie, so I had a good idea what it was about. It's definitely worth reading. I really like the way Hornby writes. And I have to say that John Cusack did a nice job bringing the book to the screen. I definitely prefer the book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Ashe | 7/29/2012

    " Read this again. Still love it. Miles better than the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou Antonucci | 7/23/2012

    " does anyone want to punch John Cusack as much as i do after reading this book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gijs | 7/20/2012

    " Het troosteloze liefdesleven van de popminnende dertiger Rob. Bevat vermelding van Father Abraham and the smurfs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 6/13/2012

    " I loved this book, can't believe it took me so long to pick up. Can't wait to read more of Nick Hornby's books. Great read for summer vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J-sin | 6/10/2012

    " Brilliant. I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. If ever there was a well-written relationship book written by an average bloke, this is it. Spot on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Somerville | 5/1/2012

    " One of the truest books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Ashley | 4/4/2012

    " Excellent funny read. A must for anyone who loves their music and has ever made a mix tape for anyone..or a mix cd..Probably would appeal to someone of my generation who were in their teens during the late 70s early 80s...I loved this book and it will always remain in my top 10. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 F | 3/31/2012

    " Well-plotted and written. But the main character is just too annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julius | 1/29/2012

    " Enjoyed the book in spite of the hipster atmosphere permeating the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali T | 7/4/2011

    " I loved this book. READ IT NOW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/24/2011

    " I've seen the movie a million times, and it's one of my favorites. The book did not disappoint. It's one of the truest book to movie translations I've seen.

    This book is funny, quick moving, quirky, and above all, doesn't take itself seriously. Definitely a fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/22/2011

    " quite some memorable lines worthy of being quoted. some times I hated the main character :) but enjoyed reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lulu | 5/22/2011

    " I love this...the hero is just quirky and so is the romance. In fact, I enjoyed it more than About a Boy. "

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

    " The 1st of his book I read and still a favorite. "

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

    " Hornby writes amazing. Though I listened to this Audio-book in Norwegian, can I easily say that for a fact. I caught myself laughing out loud on several occasions :) Maybe a bit much talk about a 35 year old man's accomplishments in bed for my taste... At least in the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mishy | 5/10/2011

    " My favourite book - a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronn Cox | 5/10/2011

    " A view into the male mind. Quite often we say things in a hurtful way. Our mind may even recoil in horror, as the words are uttered through a filter of ego and insecurity. One the funniest, most honest books I've read in a while. Didn't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/10/2011

    " Chick Lit for blokes - i kinds loved it, it was lighthearted and fun. a male take on a typically female plot...
    "

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

    " absolutely wonderful. it has been written with such candor! simply loved it. "

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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.