1.02.2006

Review: A Long Way Down



A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

I've read a couple of other Hornby novels, so I was curious to see what his latest was all about. Four utter strangers end up on the top of a high rise in London on New Year's Eve for one purpose - to kill themselves. After meeting up on the roof, they all end up walking back down the stairs and into each other's lives.

The four characters are totally different, but you have no trouble falling into their "gang"...you hate some and love some of them. The plot is really not a plot, and though the story drags a bit in the middle, there is still the painful forward motion as these four decide whether or not to off themselves.

Tight writing, great characters voices and an interesting plot. Recommended!

Note: I listened to the audio version, narrated by Simon Vance, Kate Reading and (rawr!) Scott Brick. The narration was absolutely AMAZING, and I can't imagine reading this book after listening to it. The voices MADE the book for me. If you can, give it a listen!

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