Funny Girl

  • by Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by Emma Fielding
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.
Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingnue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.


Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - Nick Hornby can do no wrong for me. I loved High Fidelity and About a Boy (yes, the books and the movies), and his "Stuff I’ve Been Reading" column from The Believer inspires me to add more books to my wish list. That’s why I’m super excited for Funny Girl, Hornby’s first novel since 2009. It’s set in 1960’s London – which I’d love to visit if only my time machine would let me – and takes a close look at the emerging pop culture and one young woman’s rise to fame. Emma Fielding seems perfectly matched to play the intrepid Sophie, and it’ll be interesting to see if Hornby’s writing style has changed since he’s been working on screenplays between novels. (Fun fact: Hornby wrote the screenplays for An Education, Wild, and Brooklyn, the upcoming adaption of Colm Toibin’s novel.) —Diana, Audible Editor


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fab first 9 hrs. so can forgive the last 1.3 hrs.

I loved this. Loved it, loved it, loved it, & then "meh", but that was ok since the rest was so fab. Hornby is obviously an astute watcher of people, as he picks up on details that make his characters real. I wish the narrator didn't almost whisper (most of) her lines. That seems to be how "posh" people (or those who wish to be thought of as "posh"...) narrate, these days; it's just irritable, after a while, to us listeners, with all that breath behind each word. But, if you liked any of Hornby's other books, you will like this, I PROMISE, & the whisper-reading will melt into the background of this tale.
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- Flossiesmommy

Brilliantly written and read

Fantastic from beginning to end. Sweet, sincere and moving characters from the first view in Blackpool to years later as the characters age. A joy to hear. The voice actor was amazing as she bounced from age to age, accent to accent and gender to gender. Hornby took us along entire lifetimes and I wanted to hug just about everyone in it from the start. No lost emotion here.

Tackling the new age of sitcoms and British society along with sexuality and love this book zipped along. Brilliant.
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- Joe Stanley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio