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Time's Arrow

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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Summary

Time's Arrow tells the story, backwards, of the life of Nazi war criminal, Doctor Tod T. Friendly. He dies and then feels better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them and mangles his patients before he sends them home.
©1991 Martin Amis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tom
  • West Wickham, United Kingdom
  • 25-11-09

powerful & disturbing - needs concentration!

This is a story told backwards. It takes a bit of getting used to; you need to concentrate much harder, particularly with dialogue. The mysterious narrator, however, does not know that he is telling the story backwards, and his increasingly grotesque misinterpretation of events is both painfully funny and increasingly disturbing - particularly as it is all expressed in Martin Amis' quite brilliant prose. A very powerful and thought provoking book. Steven Pacey, who has narrated several of Ammis' books, turns in a tour de force - absolutely superb.

In short a disturbing book, but a very worthwhile book. I would strongly recommend it, but it is not a light listen!

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Can you escape your past? Or your future?

Deeply unsettling and brilliantly conceived, but requires full concentration and an intellect greater than mine to follow at times. Dark and powerful enough in its study of banal cruelty and evil to give me vivid nightmares

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Superb dark brilliance..

As ever Mr Amis has impressed. What a mind he has, to create such dark yet poetic marvellousness. Highly recommended.

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  • krzysztof
  • 01-05-10

Original and thought-provoking

The way this story is told makes it even more disturbing.

Martin Amis' masterly prose is matched by Steven Pacey's narration which at times can send shivers down your spine.

One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

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