The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.
©1986 Martin Amis (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Absolutely one of the funniest, smartest, meanest books I know. John Self, the Rabelaisian narrator of the novel, is an advertising man and director of TV commercials who lurches through London and Manhattan, eating, drinking, drugging and smoking too much, buying too much sex, and caring for little else besides getting the big movie deal that will make him lots of money. Hey, it was the '80s. Most importantly, however, Amis in Money musters more sheer entertainment power in any single sentence than most writers are lucky to produce in a career." (Amazon.com review)
Don't download this version under ANY circumstances. 'Money - A Suicide Note' is a very entertaining book which is performed superbly by Stephen Pacey in the BBC version, also available through Audible. This dreary alternative reading, however, will drive you to write your own suicide note way before you get to the end.
This is the first Martin Amis book I have read / listened to and I wasn't disappointed. Money is an adult and darkly funny satire set in the early eighties with a great central character. I cannot agree with a previous reviewer about not downloading this audiobook version - despite it being introduced (not by the narrator) in a deep and overly sincere American voice as: Money, a suicide note, by "Mart'n A'mee"... It could almost have been part of the joke, given what follows in the story.
I very much enjoyed Graeme Malcom's narration. I thought he voiced the main characters well and his general rhythm and dead pan delivery suited the tone of the book and really brought across it's humorous and moving moments.
I am now annoyed that there currently isn't a Graeme Malcom read London Fields or The Information available on Audible.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"
Like a rollercoaster, this book is not for everyone. Our hero's self-destructive behavior is either off-putting or endearing - you'll have to decide for yourself. I liked him. I also thought the social commentary pretty funny and I think the writer did a great job with exposing the human condition on the lowest of levels with compassion. I also found the reader's voice perfect for the part, and he read with a great range of feeling - from tender emotion to blathering drunk idiot. Well done!
The protagonist is vile, but the prose is beautiful. Throughout the story, I identified with this disgusting man - which I would normally never do - and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. There were moments I almost had to pause the book because I was so overwhelmed by the writer's creative and machine gun-like use of language. Also, the narrator is fantastic - REALLY fantastic.
Malcom's reading of this novel is impeccable. He comprehends the voice and utilizes it wonderfully. The book itself is hilarious and gripping.
"Couldn't get past the first hour"
Listened to the first hour. Gave up. Nothing happened. Zippo. Hard-pressed to understand why Carl Hiaasen recommended this book so highly in the Wall St. Journal. Wish I had some way to give away this purchase.
"Not worth your time"
A story worth listening to
No point. Listening to a self absorbed character get drunk and exist for sex isn't my idea of entertainment
It was fine. He read with good characterizations
"Time spent with "John Self" well used"
After initially being off put by Audible's pronunciation of Martin Amis I was scared. I had no need to be. Graeme Malcom's phrasing of the text and understanding of the book far surpassed my own. While listening to his reading, twice I had to worry if I would actually be able to stop laughing and breathe again. Not for the overly sensitive, as advertised, it features plenty of money, sex and pornography. If you can get over it, I found myself jealous of Martin Amis' brilliant use of language, character creations and turn of phrase. I read most of it at my sock but also listened to a good portion driving to and from work in my Fiasco. Top 10 of all time, definitely.
Graeme has a far better understanding of the book than I do. His phrasing of certain sections made instantly clear passages I would have had to re-read several times to comprehend normally. As far as a "value add" is concerned Graeme is "Best. Narrator. Ever"
I don't want to do anything for 15 hours straight. This took a number of sittings. On the plus side I did read/listen to it twice. I've never bothered with any of that before with an audiobook so I believe that says something.
if you by and dnt love ill send ya the $ or a credit! -G
"This book goes nowhere"
It lacks a compelling narrative drive
While he is clearly a talented writer, about halfway through the book it became clear that every chapter was a variation on the preceding one.
He is an excellent narrator that breathes life into a not very likeable central character
"Belaboring the obvious"
If you are a drinking alcoholic, you are bound to encounter all the bumps in the road you've chosen. No surprise. The surprise in this book is how little relation the title bares to the reality belabored in it. As "durnkalogs" go this was a good one but I've heard too many to be impressed.
All things considered, you'll finder greater pathos and sincerity at an AA meeting. At least there the drunks recognize themselves are in recovery--a meaningful endevor which this book is not.
This is the first book I ever gave 1 star to. The book moves slowly and I had a hard time paying attention as it was so boring. The british accent also does not help. I could not finish the book, it was too torturous!
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