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.

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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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Wish I had a 2.5 star option

What did you like best about Funny Girl? What did you like least?

Started off fine, but didn't sustain my interest. Not sure why. Probably because I never really believed in the title character.


Would you recommend Funny Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not.


Did Funny Girl inspire you to do anything?

Go back to my library and look for something else to listen to.


Any additional comments?

From the decriptions it sounded like I would enjoy it. Listened to it on a road trip, but after about 5 hours I realized I just wasn't enjoying it. Possibly because the title character didn't seem real enough to care about, but wasn't out there enough to seem satirical.

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- Dixie

Boring, uninteresting characters

I really didn't enjoy this, but it was short enough for me to push through. The characters were bland, at best. There was no transformation, which is what I expect from his characters...from any characters really.

The performance was fine, I enjoyed the narrators voice very much, actually.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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- Amy

Book Details

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