By

Read By

Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading

Length

8 hrs and 14 mins

Audiobook Review

A Long Way Down

Nick Hornby

Overall
Performance

Endearing, witty, an entertaining commentary on human nature.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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This is one of my favourite books and has influenced a lot of my own writing, particularly The Lottery Club.

More about the characters than the plot, it is a darkly funny exploration of the point of living and the meaning of happiness.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

Three narrators (two male, one female) share four roles (two male, two female) and I found them fitting in all respects, by which I mean I would have imagined just those voices for those characters.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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Nick Hornby's style is so distinctive it's hard to compare him to others. But if you like this, try Nick Spalding for light humour, Mike Gayle for flawed characters and - one of my faves - Paul Torday, for both.
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ABOUT

A Long Way Down

THE BLURB

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?'

For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?