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.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Martin Amis' book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.
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"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)
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.
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
"Offensive as hell, insightfull, and brave"
Graeme Malcom doesn't so much read the book but live it. An amazing performance, especially from someone who has done such gentile work as "Old Filth," which, despite its title, is about a lawyer in Hong Kong. (Filth is an acronym for "Failed in London Try Hong Kong." I've known about Martin Amis for decades, and read his criticism and nonfiction. I've read reviews of his fiction, and I've read a number of stories about him, his father, his bad teeth, etc. I risked reading this book just to say I had, and it is scalding. But only at this point in my life can I say that I have known someone like the main character, John. And the device of introducing "Martin Amis," the writer, as a character in the book is sheer brilliance. I was deeply impressed by the writing, the characterizations, the plotting, the whole package. It's a bit rough to listen to. You will want ear buds. This really is old filth. But full of humor and deep understanding of tortured souls.
"Decadence elaborated, not even quite explained"
"Money is very versatile [quote John Self], you really have to give money credit for that."
This book in my view plows a theme of our time: decadence, consumption and self-consumption may be the banes of modern man. I aspire to appreciate Amis' allegories, and I certainly aspire to not partake in any such situations. Allegorical or just plain real.
This story didn't really seem to go anywhere, yet I couldn't stop listening. When it ended, I was disappointed because I felt I'd lost a friend! The narration was superb! I think that's what kept my going. There were times where I really laughed out load and other times where I cringed. Not sure if I can recommend it or not, but I was sorry for it to end.
This book is a waste of time and repetitive trash. I will not listen to this author again.
Hysterical and wildly a man's read. The narrator is off the charts good and the writing is superb. You will be sobbing with laughter.
"Truly a drama of hyperbole lust and realism"
Without self who are we and who is self if not himself as self?
Desire and money are dramas greatest motivators. Mystery is a fancy coat for the two to get about in.
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