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High Fidelity
High Fidelity
Author: Nick Hornby
Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him and he's both miserable and relieved. After all, he could have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection. — Rob seeks refuge in the company of Barry and Dick, the offbeat clerks at his store who endlessly review their t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781573225519
ISBN-10: 1573225517
Publication Date: 8/1/1996
Pages: 336
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 280 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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If you haven't seen the movie, you should. If you haven't read the book, well it's better than the movie. Nick Hornby is one of the best music writers living, and High Fidelity is a fun romp through one man's head.
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Was an okay book, liked 'About a Boy' much better. Was slightly better than the film, but not very engaging.
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I loved the movie and so I read the book - it was even better than the movie! It's also exposed me to some music that I love as well. Also read Hornby's Songbook - almost a memoir; a guide to songs he loves and why.
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A great book. If you like should read Nick's other books. This book is filled with Love, Love Lost...and a Man searching for answers.
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Good Story! I loved the movie with John Cusack and hadn't realized it was based on a book. What a wonderful surprise that the movie followed the book closely!!!
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aaaaaaaAAA. Saw the movie and that was enough. Not my cup 'a tea.
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Couldn't get into it at all
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I loved this book. It was funny, interesting, and a page turner. I love John Cusack and he did a great job in the movie, but they could not fully transform the book into a film.
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Hornby intertwines humor and austerity with a finesse not all writers can achieve. Although the mood of the book stays fairly dry, he pulls in humor to keep you wanting more. If you are interested in the male perspective on relationships, I would suggest this book. I give it 4 stars.
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One of my favorites, tough to put down!
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great dialogue, clever, and doesn't feel forced.
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definitely not the type of book i would recommend to just anyone, but it was a good take on pop culture obsession and relationships. if you can't relate to infatuations with musicians and record store binges, you may miss a lot of the significance of what hornby writes, but i rather liked the references and musician babble. the love story behind is well conceived and entertaining, and much more honest than i was expecting. hornby definitely spills a load of secrets that the typical man would leave upspoken.
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This book was pretty funny and still dealtwith some serious issues - I love Hornby. FYI - people waiting for this book can order a version published earlier in 1995 by Riverhead/Berkley under isbn 1-57322-551-7.
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Really fun book -- one of Hornby's best.
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I absolutely loved the beginning of this book! It sucked me in right away and didnt let up for the whole first part. However, though I thoroughly enjoyed the book as a whole, the second part of the book didnt have quite the same appeal for me that the first part did.

I really enjoyed Robs (the main characters) perspective on relationships and life in general. Hes quite insecure in many ways, but its easy to relate to his thoughts and feelings, especially when he puts such a humorous twist on things. I really loved reading about the dynamic of the record shop and his employees. The guys he works with are just classic characters, the type of guys you feel like you know.

The ending was a little cheesy for my taste, but overall I really enjoyed the book and Im planning to read Hornbys other novels. There are so many others to choose from, I don't know where to start!