- Narrated by: Nicholas Hoult
- Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-31-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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'There was this time when everything seemed to have come together. And so obviously it was time to go and screw it all up.'
Sam is sixteen and a skater. Just so there are no terrible misunderstandings: skating = skateboarding. There's no ice. Life is ticking along nicely for Sam; his Mum's got rid of her rubbish boyfriend, he's thinking about college and he's met someone. Alicia.
Then a little accident happens. One with big consequences for someone just finding his way in life. Sam can't run (let alone skate) away from this one. He's a boy facing a man's problems and the question is - has he got what it takes to confront them?
Slam, from the acclaimed author of About a Boy and High Fidelity is a teenage novel about a boy who has to grow up in big, big hurry. It is The Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century.
"He should write for England." ( Observer)
"Very funny...very real" ( Daily Telegraph)
"Hornby gets his point across with the subtlety and skill of a born novelist who always deserves to be read" ( Independent)
"A moving read for anyone" ( Elle)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By cubalibre on 01-22-15
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This is neither an advice book for teenagers nor a story with an interesting narrative. the characters are predictable and deadly boring
What could Nick Hornby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
come up with a punch line or drive the story to a less obvious conclusion
Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Hoult?
yes he is very good
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Amazon Customer on 08-18-13
Much better than I expected!
I dismissed this book when it first came out because I thought (from the blurb) that it was just a book about skateboarding, but it's really about teen pregnancy. I really got into it and listened to it in one 6-hour sitting. I could relate to Sam, even though I'm 35 (older than his mother!) and really enjoyed the 'magical' element to the story as well. The narrator did a pretty good job, but I did have to speed him up a bit as he had the habit of pausing too long between sentences, particularly during conversations. Speeding him up didn't help much to be honest because the gaps just made it sound very choppy, but I got over it as time went on and I got into the story.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Breen on 02-13-15
this is not my usual kind of book genre but I got on sale and absolutely loved it.
would recommend this book and the narrator did a great job too.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful