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Kill Your Friends

Narrated by: Tom Riley
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)
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Summary

Meet Steven Stelfox.

London, 1997: New Labour is sweeping into power, and Britpop is at its zenith. A&R man Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music industry, fuelled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine, searching for the next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification.

But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox must take the notion of cutthroat business practices to murderous new levels in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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Cartoon satire

Hedonistic nutter A&R man sniffs, screws and eventually throws the moral compass out into space, in his rush to survive in the 1990's music business. Apart from Steven Stelfox, the star of this story, characterisation is cartoonishly thin. I think this is done on purpose, so that the reader cares as little for the fate of each character that comes unstuck, as Stelfox does himself.
There is a lot of grim humour here, one or two bits genuinely causing me to laugh out loud, partly in shock at the latest antic. As the book was written 8 years ago and deals with an industry in the last days before the internet revolution, there is a nostalgic feeling that this might be back in the bad old days and it couldn't happen today!
I enjoyed the narration, which caught the air of the privileged exec very well.

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strap in, this is gonna get rough

It's funny so you'll laugh. it's also so dark that you'll feel bad for laughing. This is the funniest thing about this book.

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What a load of tossers

I don't think I have hated a set of characters more than I hated the characters in this book.

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Great book bought the follow up as soon as it was

Going to go old school and use eyes to read
the follow up. Not for the easily offended ha ha ha

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You wouldn't last ten minutes

Cocaine, booze, hookers, cocaine, murder, music and cocaine. This book is a bloody wild ride.

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Slow starter

I must say, up until about half way through the book I still really wasn't feeling it. I just couldn't seem to get into it and found it pretty boring but after that I started to enjoy it more. When it came to the end I was really loving it and immediately started listening to the new sequel.

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bit of a rip of American psycho tbh.

Got annoying toward the end , didn't remotely like any character, thought the influence of American psycho was a bit too obvious

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Brutal and entertaining

Another great listen from john Niven. Brutal and also very funny. his style not unlike Irvine Walsh

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Not for the easiy offended

Very graphic and crude novel but very entertaining diving into the world of a clear psychopath. The narration is incredible and I'd recommend this book.

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It's all TRUE

I've worked in music for 12 years.
This is ALL TRUE. And highly entertaining.
Most of the characters are real and still work in music.

Film bad. Book good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-18

just get this book

wonderful story, perfectly performed. generally you don't find books of this caliber, it's a little politically incorrect, which you'll love!

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  • Ryan
  • 25-06-18

It’s like living in the head of a psychopath

TL;DR: Horrible psychopathic protagonist but difficult to put down. Be prepared - it’s very dark and terrible to think that some people must actually think like that. Not a the light-hearted.

Right from the beginning it’s clear that this guy is a psychopath and it’s an unpleasant experience to be in his head.

I wanted to stop reading as soon as possible afraid that the protagonists thoughts would somehow infect me and turn me into a psychopath.

He isn’t a guy you root for unless you too are a psychopath.

Even though I was disgusted by him, I just had to finish the book. Afterwards, I was disappointed with the way it ended. I would have preferred a different outcome. Like I said, he’s not much of a hero, not someone you can get behind.