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Kill ’Em All

Narrated by: Tom Riley
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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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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Not KYF but still great

A great read or listen perhaps. Not for the faint hearted nor for those with a misplaced idealisation of a particular pop icon. Incredible and scarily accurate portrayal of characters interwoven with a storyline that is very zeitgeist in a World of Donald Trump, hyper normalisation and extreme greed. Niven Has excelled again. This is probably his most rounded novel from a social analytical perspective. It’s still bloody funny though.

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I can’t see what’s not to like

Ideal formula for an enjoyable audiobook. Strong characterisation, good pace and a purposeful narrative line. There’s no scope for confusion or uncertainty. Together with ‘Kill your friends’, I liked it. I’d recommend you read them back to back. Fun, light and satisfying.

I need to be clear, it’s a history of the career of a man without morals, a man of his time, prepared to do anything to get what he wants, and he wants more and more as his reach expands. Nothing essential changes. He’s rotten from start to finish. Only his capacity to maim and kill grows. In this respect the story is a warning. You might see parallels with Trump?

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fantastic follow up<br />

absolutely loved it. another excellent performance by narrator and another smashed out of the park by Mr Niven. can't rate it enough

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He just gets better...

The danger is when you describe plot outlines to Niven’s books that they sound just either funny or P** taking. That would be a huge mistake as the deep social commentary is profound.

I’m hooked on Niven’s style, content and pace.

The Wire, crossed with a touch of Monty Python with the grit of Irvine Welsh!

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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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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!