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Publisher Comments:

Nick Hornby, bestselling author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," delivers his first novel for young adults--a wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy who is thrust into fatherhood. Unabridged. 8 CDs.

Review:

"Hoult, who played the part of Marcus Brewer in the screen adaptation of Hornby's About a Boy, does a credible job — perhaps too credible — as Sam, the 16-year-old hero of Hornby's first YA novel. His tone is conversational, and he relates Sam's story about inadvertently getting his girlfriend pregnant, with little variation in emphasis: he's the epitome of the cool, unfazed teen even in the face of impending doom. But the combination of Hornby's authentic dialogue and Hoult's convincing reading produces some passages of teenspeak, especially between Sam and girlfriend Alicia — 'Dunno/ Me neither'-type repartee — that is hard-going as entertainment. Hoult adopts a slightly deeper inflection for the part of Tony Hawk, whose poster Sam uses as a sounding board, but, comically, the quintessential California skateboarder speaks his lines (quotes from his autobiography, which Sam has memorized) with a British inflection. Overall, the audio showcases Hornby's skill at getting deeply inside the mind of his character. Sam, the most talkative teen ever to grind a skateboard, says, 'Listen, I know you don't want to hear about every single little moment' and proceeds to recount every single little moment anyway. Ages 12-up. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 8). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Nick Hornby delivers his first novel for young adults.

About the Author

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. The recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award for 1999 as well as the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award, he lives in North London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143142836
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Read by:
Hoult, Nicholas
Read:
Hoult, Nicholas
Author:
Hornby, Nick
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Pregnancy
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
England
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Situations / Pregnancy
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Pregnancy
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20071016
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Pages:
7
Dimensions:
5.74x5.34x.80 in. .40 lbs.
Media Run Time:
420
Age Level:
12

Related Subjects

» Audio Books » Children's
» Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Adolescence
» Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Pregnancy

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Product details 7 pages Penguin Audiobooks - English 9780143142836 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hoult, who played the part of Marcus Brewer in the screen adaptation of Hornby's About a Boy, does a credible job — perhaps too credible — as Sam, the 16-year-old hero of Hornby's first YA novel. His tone is conversational, and he relates Sam's story about inadvertently getting his girlfriend pregnant, with little variation in emphasis: he's the epitome of the cool, unfazed teen even in the face of impending doom. But the combination of Hornby's authentic dialogue and Hoult's convincing reading produces some passages of teenspeak, especially between Sam and girlfriend Alicia — 'Dunno/ Me neither'-type repartee — that is hard-going as entertainment. Hoult adopts a slightly deeper inflection for the part of Tony Hawk, whose poster Sam uses as a sounding board, but, comically, the quintessential California skateboarder speaks his lines (quotes from his autobiography, which Sam has memorized) with a British inflection. Overall, the audio showcases Hornby's skill at getting deeply inside the mind of his character. Sam, the most talkative teen ever to grind a skateboard, says, 'Listen, I know you don't want to hear about every single little moment' and proceeds to recount every single little moment anyway. Ages 12-up. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 8). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Bestselling author Nick Hornby delivers his first novel for young adults.

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