High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Book - 1995
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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9781573220163
Branch Call Number: HORN
Characteristics: 323p. 21cm.


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Apr 30, 2016

Totally overrated as the humour relates to OLD audio technology and not appealing to young readers between 18-35. How would they know what a vinyl record is or an audio tape?? Also John Cusack in the lead role was a total casting mistake forthe movie. I could only picture his damn face while reading the novel and hated that. The nuances of the English language are totally lost on American actors. This book got old very quickly in other words.

Dec 05, 2014

Like the book? See the movie. Like the music? Check out the soundtrack. It's all excellent.

Alan Davies
Sep 16, 2014

Witty and often uncomfortably accurate. Never drags, a fun read.

Aug 16, 2014

Unfortunately I saw the movie (which I wasn't that enthralled with) first; when I finally read the book I couldn't get John Cusack out of my mind's eye. He's great, but wrong for the character.

The book is very sharp and funny and gets you inside the protagonist's head in a way the movie can't and I loved it... until the last couple of chapters, when I felt it fizzled out. Hence three and a half stars instead of four. But definitely worth reading. I laughed out loud many times!

Aug 12, 2012

This was one of my favorite movies when it came out, and I have seen the movie many times, but never read the book. I definitely think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I hadn't seen the movie so many times, because I totally knew everything that was going to happen. I thought the book would be a little funnier, it is definitely fresh and chock full of dry humor, but overall the protagonist comes off as the arsehole he admits that he is.

Nov 14, 2010

Having spent lots of my adolescent through early adulthood in a record store this is a great book.

Nov 14, 2010

possibly my favorite book of all time

Jul 07, 2010

A quick, witty book. Definitely worth the read!

Jun 16, 2008

Brilliant. One of those books that made you laugh out loud, literally. Refreshingly witty and insightful.


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Apr 30, 2016

Very dated humour. Would have been funny years ago, but this is the future and most young readers (18-30) would not know what a vinyl record or a audio tape is. Wished that John Cusack did not take the lead role in the movie, as he is American and the nuances of the English language are lost on Americans. All I could picture while reading it was f*ing John Cusack as "Rob" and it sucked.


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Sep 14, 2020

“Have you got any soul?” a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I’ve got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can’t seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn’t be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues.


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