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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: Bill Irwin, Jennifer Wiltsie, Ben Miles Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101079645
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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author, a quintessential Nick Hornby tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love. Annie loves Duncan—or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they’ve got. Tucker’s been languishing (and he’s unnervingly aware of it), living in rural Pennsylvania with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin—his young son, Jackson. But then there’s also the new material he’s about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet—entitled, Juliet, Naked. What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one’s promise.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Smart | 2/20/2014

    " Loved. This. Book. Devoured it in two days! It was one of those books where you have to go back and read the last few pages again and again because you don't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon B | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book, but the last third was disappointing. A fun read, not very beleavable, but quirky and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 2/12/2014

    " People keep saying this is a return to some of Hornby's best themes: music obsession, the quest for love, loneliness. I must admit, I agree. I was happy to see this return, in this book. I really enjoyed the story, the addition of social media/blogosphere subculture, and the fanciful direction the story took. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara Lewis | 1/28/2014

    " Loved it and laughed out loud numerous times. Gave this to my husband two years ago and we finally read it together this year. I want to read all his books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quentin | 1/26/2014

    " A good read, I thought the character of Duncan was interesting and funny. I was a bit disappointed when the plot moved away from him into a more traditional rom-com with slightly less interesting characters, but overall still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandie | 1/20/2014

    " OK, so this one was pure guilty pleasure. A story about a willfully childless couple in their late thirties whose lives revolve around music? Familiar stomping grounds and a fun story that was not unpredictable, but was satisfying all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cairo Malet | 12/26/2013

    " A typical Nick Hornby novel, if perhaps a little less interesting. The ending was fairly unsatisfying, I felt like the characters didn't quite mature despite the events that occurred, though perhaps that was what Hornby was going for. Certainly no High Fidelity but not bad really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arianna | 12/23/2013

    " meh. not his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo | 12/15/2013

    " Ok novel Nick Hornby's style. Nothing less, nothing more. Good summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cori Macphee | 12/4/2013

    " Just okay. Not as depressing as how to be good. Not as good as high fidelity. Easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Histteach24 | 12/1/2013

    " As always witty and corky. He's a great author with a talent for dry humor. The story dragged slightly but left you with quite a bit to think about. Can you reinvent your life? Does art always have meaning? Was Duncan selfish or truly just clueless when it came to personal relationships? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 10/14/2013

    " Like most Hornsby books, this one requires getting past the depression of middle-aged hopelessness. Still, I enjoy his style and the way he conveys love of music through his characters. Overall, a pretty good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Bulk | 7/25/2013

    " A music junkie like my can appreciate this book and the characters he depicts. May not be for everyone though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 3/9/2013

    " I didn't like it at first, but as I kept reading, and as I thought about it after I finished, I started to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 11/1/2012

    " I LOVED this book! I knocked off one star because as much as I do understand the ending, I wasn't particularly satisfied by it. Other then that it was perfect! I was laughing out loud more then once and was pleasantly surprised with each turn the story took. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/11/2012

    " This book was ok, not the typical book that I read. At times the writing was convoluted and I had to read sentences over again to be sure of what I read. Not a fast paced book. Enough of a story that I wanted to finish it and see how it ended, but the characters were a bit frustrating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro Zavala | 4/13/2012

    " It started winking, and then it went kind of slow, but at some point I could not give up reading, I enjoyed it a lot. He always writes about things that I don't feel related at the beginning, but by the end of the book always realized there were a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/6/2012

    " Typical Nick Hornby book; fun quirky characters, plenty of brooding, great music references and an ending you're not really sure if you're happy with or not. I enjoyed it and thought it was a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 12/12/2011

    " It was hard to care about any of the characters. I was never dying to know what would happen next or how it would end. "

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

    " Great book about reevaluating things during mid-life. It's an off-beat love story that has you really pulling for the characters to basically get their lives on track and be happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/23/2011

    " This book sneaks up on you...and turns out to be an antidote to "smug." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miho | 5/20/2011

    " I didn't manage to finish it.... I was dying of boredom. Even skipping some pages didn't help. Sorry. I was really looking forward to read "Juliet, naked" and it turned out to be a huge disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 5/18/2011

    " Julia Naked was a satisfying and unexpectedly good audio book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/16/2011

    " Not really drawn to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 5/16/2011

    " It was pretty good. Not great, not bad. The characters are unappealing in the most appealing way... a very Hornby quality. They seem very real for all their flaws, and that's what keeps you turning the pages. Interesting story and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sondra | 5/9/2011

    " I was blissfully entertained by these characters until the end, when I wondered if perhaps some pages were missing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 5/7/2011

    " Not as good as High Fidelity. Merely adequate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 5/6/2011

    " Great story but gives a somewhat bleak outlook for middle-aged relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 4/30/2011

    " Not my favorite Nick Hornby book, but not my least favorite either. "

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

    " tiene algunas partes de esas que te clavan un pinchito... en general normalito, se deja leer. Mi primer e-book chispas! "

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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

Bill Irwin, playwright and actor, has starred on Broadway in Edward Albee's The Goat and his own Fool Moon; he has also performed several works by Samuel Beckett and has a recurring role on Sesame Street.

Jennifer Wiltsie’s films include Wendigo, Uninvited, and The Fever. She has guest starred on HBO’s The Sopranos and Masterpiece Theatre’s Clarissa. On Broadway she has performed with Matthew Broderick in Night Must Fall, and her off-Broadway credits include Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.