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London Fields Audiobook

London Fields

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Publisher's Summary

The murderee is Nicola Six, a 'black hole' of sex and self-loathing who is intend on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honourable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. And as Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London - and, indeed, the whole world - seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

©1989 Martin Amis; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Simon Barbrook, Devon, United Kingdom 26/01/2011
    Simon Barbrook, Devon, United Kingdom 26/01/2011
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    "Great, I think..."

    I was totally drawn in with this book, swept away, mesmerised with the characters. I loved the story, the people, I laughed, I shook my head, I couldn't have stopped listening for anything. But I got to the end and thought, I haven't a clue what that was all about. Yet I loved it.

    It's one, I think, that you've got to concentrate on. Amis is incredibly witty and clever, and I kind of felt like I was peeking in the head of a VERY clever man. If you've read any Clive James, it's a similar style.

    However, if a narrator can make or break a book, as they so often do, this narrator is superb! He brings everyone to life, not just, 'yeah, i can imagine that,' but fully to life so you feel as though you'd recognise them if they walked past you on the street or spoke to you in a pub.

    The other impression I got is one of confusion, not over the writing, certainly not over the writing, but over the characters. I felt as though I should hate the people in this. Some of them are truly awful, but I couldn't wait for them to come back into the story, and I liked spending time with them, which felt odd and uncomfortable but safely uncomfortable, if that makes sense.

    I wouldn't recommend this as a story to dip in and out of in short bursts, but if you're going on a long trip or have a chunk of time to dedicate uninterrupted, then go for it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Camberley, United Kingdom 09/04/2013
    Robert Camberley, United Kingdom 09/04/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, should be qualified though"

    This is the book that got me hooked on Amis in the first place and is my second favourite by him (after Time's Arrow). As with most of his works it can be quite difficult to follow if you aren't used to his style, so I do not recommend this as either bedtime, or light reading.



    The ending however is one of my all time favourites. I won't spoil it for you, so I can't even tell you why it was so good, but it gave me such a well up of different emotions that I have never found in any other book. Well worth it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 28/05/2009
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 28/05/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "A great book, brilliantly narrated"

    This is the third book I have read by Martin Amis, two of which have been audiobooks (the other was "Money" - also brilliant, with the same narrator - a plea to AUDIBLE to get it). In print, as it were, I find him to be a difficult author; I like to read quite quickly but it is simply impossible to do this without losing the essence.

    But with an audiobook, you have to go at the pace of the narrator, and so learn to appreciate the mind-boggling prose, the savagely funny humour, the variations in pace and tone, the torrent of ideas, and the complications of the characters. He really is an exceptional author, and this is a truly great book.

    Of course, you need a good narrator and Steven Pacey does an quite superb job. He clearly relishes the task - he seems to roll the prose round his mouth like a fine wine - and he brings the book to life quite brilliantly. His judgement of pace and colour is faultless; and he draws the characters brilliantly too.

    Strongly recommended, particularly if you are already familiar with and like the author's work.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A H Gooda 05/10/2016
    A H Gooda 05/10/2016
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    "London Fields"

    Brilliant narration - the characters came alive. I loved the 1980's predicted millennium, the quirky plot, the narrator. This is a book I've meant to read for a long time and it certainly didn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beandog 30/11/2015
    Beandog 30/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Ploughing the Fields"

    This is a truly awful book. Which is odd because I read it as part of amazon's 100 books to read before you die.

    From the arrogant tone of the narrative the book details the basic and soulless actions of four main characters. I say characters but really each is merely a collection of a couple of basic attributes, no depth, no sympathy gathered, just paper thin and pointless.

    Keith the thief (paedophile, child molester, rapist), guy the err guy (successful city operator and father yet unbelievably stupid, uneducated and malleable when it comes to relationships) Nicola six - sex (femme fatale and earn... Nope that's it). And the writer / narrator character who is nearing death and is actually far better written than the others.

    Guy and Keith spend 300 pages trying to get into Nichola's knickers. And that's about it, the tedium and lack of action is amazing, uniquely self obsessed in my reading experience.

    This book has no joy, no education and no point. Some people say the characters are analogous of the class system but I guess if you write your characters that thinly they'll fit into any pigeon whole you'll like.

    In short, a terrible terrible pointless depressing and annoying book. Simply awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh M. Clarke 09/08/2015
    Hugh M. Clarke 09/08/2015
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    "Making Darts Interesting"

    Steven Pacey's reading of this novel is superb. It enabled me to get into a novel which I would otherwise have found challenging. His interpretation brings a collection of sad and shady characters to life and is very entertaining. By the end, I felt very involved and sorry to be leaving this bizarre and unsafe world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Pratt 20/07/2015
    Alex Pratt 20/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Long and fundamentally not much happens"
    What disappointed you about London Fields?

    It could be because I am stupid but I feel like I just wasted 20+ hours listening to a story that could have taken at least half that. To be fair, I made it to the end and I enjoyed the character of Keith but beyond that I predicted the end almost immediately and struggled to be gripped by the story..... I basically don't really get it. Why am I missing?


    What aspect of Steven Pacey’s performance might you have changed?

    Overall I liked the narrator - he was good and couldn't be faulted


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed - Just didn't feel like a climax or any kind of tension that others have described.. felt like I could have predicted this from the start


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louise LONDON, United Kingdom 28/09/2013
    Louise LONDON, United Kingdom 28/09/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Nasty but good"
    What made the experience of listening to London Fields the most enjoyable?

    Not sure it was 'enjoyable' as such. I read it because I had not read any Martin Amis and thought i 'should'.


    Would you recommend London Fields to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. I think Mr Amis has a rather unpleasant line of thought that must run through his head.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't say I enjoyed any of it. I can see he is a good writer - but Oh! So negative and dark!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    As another reviewer wrote - life is too short to spend on listening to such darkly imagined stuff.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom 15/10/2014
    Nicholas Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom 15/10/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Martin Amis or narrated by Steven Pacey?

    No


    What three words best describe Steven Pacey’s performance?

    All right, not brilliant


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from London Fields?

    I would have cut the book by 50%


    Any additional comments?

    Dull, rambling, self indulgent tosh. Do yourself a favour and read something else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Holmfirth, W Yorks, United Kingdom 02/10/2009
    David Holmfirth, W Yorks, United Kingdom 02/10/2009 Member Since 2013
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    "A right good listen"

    The story is a "must" for fans of urban fiction, but may not be to everybody's taste. Check out reviews for this book elsewhere and you'll find a mixed bag of opinions ranging from "best book ever" to "utter garbage".
    However, one thing I'm sure nobody would ever argue over is the quality of Steven Pacey's narration. His accents are truly outstanding. His acting is spot on, and his understanding of the author's nuance makes this story a sheer delight to listen to.
    I wasn't a huge fan of Pacey when he was in Blake's 7, but wow, he's come a long way. My next month's audiobooks will definately be titles he has read. Give it a try!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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