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Kill ’Em All

Narrated by: Tom Riley
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Kill 'Em All by John Niven, read by Tom Riley.

The long-awaited sequel to Kill Your Friends.

It is 2017 - the time of Trump, Brexit and fake news. And time for the return of Steven Stelfox, exactly 20 years on from his Britpop heyday. 

Now 47 and rich beyond the dreams of avarice, Stelfox works only occasionally as a music industry ‘consultant’. A fixer. A problem solver. He’s had a call from his old friend James Trellick, now president of Unigram, one of the largest record companies in America. Trellick has a huge headache on his hands in the shape of....

Lucius Du Pre. The biggest pop star on earth. Well, once the biggest pop star on earth. Now he’s a helpless junkie and a prolific, unrepentant sexual predator. Through a programme of debt restructuring so complex even Trellick can barely understand it, Du Pre is massively in hock to the record company. The only way he can possibly pay it off is to embark on a worldwide comeback tour he’s in no shape to do. The picture is further complicated when the parents of one of Du Pre’s ‘special friends’ begin blackmailing him. If their video gets out, Du Pre’s brand will be utterly toxic and will take Unigram down with it. 

Enter Stelfox stage right. Only he has the lack of morality to spin this one. With stealth and cunning he begins to chart a road out of the nightmare and to make a killing in the process. For this age of ‘American carnage’ - of populism, of the lowest common denominator, of the Big Lie - is truly Stelfox’s time to shine. But in this time of uncertainty, nothing is a given.

©2018 John Niven (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A banging action satirical thriller. But it’s also a proper novel about the Trumpian era, of the reality TV era, the fake news era. It’s managed to say a lot of things in a way that very few other novels are doing and in a very comedic way." (Irvine Welsh)

"John Niven understands our era better than almost anyone." (Douglas Coupland)

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Awesome. Again. Always.

Absolutely stunningly offensive to the snowflake generation; absolutely beautifully hilarious to anyone with a balanced brain.

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great sequel book

really funny read and a good sequel to Kill your friends which I highly recommend.

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A Worthy Sequel!

The best narration I've heard, a relevant, irreverent and darkly hilarious epic! 10/10, absolutely superb! Tom Riley is fantastic, he sounds EXACTLY like I imagine Steven Stelfox, I can't stress enough, he is amazing. I loved Kill Your Friends, one of my favourite books, and this is a follow up that really builds from the previous book rather than just wallow in it. It's dark, it's outrageous, it's hilarious and it tackles our current political climate brilliantly. For fans of dark comedy you cannot go wrong with this book, it is tremendous, full of twists and turns and never lets up for a moment. Can't recommend this enough! Tom Riley and John Niven are a match made in heaven.

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Loved it

Loved it, great read. great story. great finish! you hate Stelfox and love him at the same time!

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C***s

Read, wrritten and created for my kind of hard to please mind. Sometimes it all just works. just so, so good.

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What a cracker!

An absolute blast. Back once again in Steven's company, and it's time well spent.

Good news, it's not the same book as Kill Your Friends with a different cover. It's 20 years on from the first book and set in a very different milieu.

The genius of the book is that we still (mostly) root for Steven. It's very funny and, yes, shocking in parts.

Above that, it also has insightful writing on current politics, one part of which literally raised the hairs on my arm. Beneath the romp of a novel is some real social commentry.

And the narrator (Tom Riley) is t h e man for the job. Absolutely nails it. Bravo to both John and Tom.

Enjoy!

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Stelfox for Prime Minister!

John Niven's best yet, and that's saying something. Stelfox is back and better than ever, can't wait for the next book John...

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Energetic and Hilarious Filth!

I loved 'Kill Your Friends' and eagerly listened to 'Kill 'em All' to see if it would be as outrageous. It certainly is and then some. Our 'hero' Steven Stelfox is read brilliantly by Tom Riley who gives him all the arrogance, triumphalism, disdain and entitled cruelty of Patrick Batemen in 'American Psycho'. In other words all the nastiness you could ever wish for except that Stelfox doesn't actually get his own hands dirty - being super rich that's for others to do on his behalf. Niven goes fully nuclear in this outing with his faded international pop star, who is addicted to prescription drugs, who is about to make a comeback because he's skint, who loves little boys storyline that makes Martin Amis read like Enid Blyton in comparison. This is some seriously evil stuff but you have to read it as satire as he takes aim at greedy Brits, Arabs and Americans of all persuasions. Nothing is off limits. It is funny, it is cruel and in its own way it is brave. I'm pleased we've still got writers who have balls and aren't afraid to offend. That's why it gets five stars.

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"Nasty, very nasty"

Kill Your Friends was a wild story filled to the brim with cocaine, booze and hookers all centered around a man willing to do anything to get to the top. It's sequel, Kill Em All, is a much more level headed tale about this same man who will do anything to ensure he stays there. Stephen Stelfox is back and 20 years on from his days as an A&R man is filthy rich and has it all. Before long Stelfox finds himself caught up in a conspiracy unlike any I'd ever heard before and I won't say more than that, it's one best left to experience. Tom Reily's narration like in Kill Your Friends is spot on, he truly brings Stephen Stelfox to life.

Kill Em All is darkly funny, witty and shocking, featuring a rather stark, blunt and very real take on some of the more recent events in politics and Hollywood.  Like its predecessor this book is absolute blast with one of the funniest and bluntest protagonists you'll hate to love and love to hate.

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great sequel never thought it could get madder

loved the book so great to hear stelfox at his piercing best, would definitely recommend