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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Funny Girl, the new novel by bestselling author Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding.
Funny Girl is the story of a popular 1960s tv comedy series. The writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, who each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, who loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, who feels he's destined for better things. And most of all Sophie Straw, once Barbara Parker, Miss Blackpool 1964, who's changed her name and abandoned her old life because she just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame.
Nick Hornby's new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish.
©2014 Nick Hornby (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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By Ani Kellomäki on 04-14-15

An ok entertainment

Not the best Hornby but still a good listen. Rather enjoyed the readers performance. Good language as always from Hornby

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By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 11-14-14

A complete delight!

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This ranks in the top 5 of the hundreds of audiobooks I have listed to. Emma Fielding's performance is exquisite. The way she creates the voices for the characters let me go deep into the story. Nick Hornby's story is charming, moving very funny and as someone who grew up in the 60's was a wonderful journey into the times. I have already recommended this book to various friends.

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By John on 01-18-15

What A Disappointment!

Having read "High Fidelity" and other Nick Horrnby novels I approached this with high expectations. I kept waiting for the real novel, insight and themes to develop but they never arrived.

The book - I hesitate to use the term novel - is a fairly straightforward account of the career of a girl who progresses from Blackpool bathing beauty to TV sit-com star. Relationships with fellow actors, writers and producers come along but, with no real plot or thematic issues and no basis in reality, they are hardly even of passing interest. Why care? I didn't.

There is a slight background of other, real shows in the heyday of TV sit-com but no real or unexpected insight. If this had been the story of a real actress in a real show, rather than weak fiction, it might have had some limited interest. As a work of fiction, it seemed pointless.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Jill on 06-28-15

Excellent

One of the most engaging audio books I've listened too. Great characters, funny, moving and thoughtful.

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By Jackie on 04-23-15

not that funny

the book was a meandering tale where not much happened. maybe it's just the wrong book for me. i was glad when it ended as it's exhausting waiting for a story to get better and when it doesn't its better to lay it to rest.
i like Nick Hornby stories generally and I'm sorry to say that i couldn't write something more positive.
good luck with the next book

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