©1984 Martin Amis; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"Terribly, terminally funny; laughter in the dark, if ever I heard it." (The Guardian)
"This is my first Martin Amis...John Self, the narrator, a mega-rich yob who makes TV commercials, has rotten teeth too, beats up women and plays tennis chess, not tennis, with Martin Amis, He's also very, very funny. I'd better read another." (The Guardian)
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
"Spot on performance."
This is a brilliantly performed narration of an enormously entertaining novel. Stephen Pacey gets the mid-Atlantic tone of John Self exactly as I'd hoped. Great value for money over 16 hours. Recommended.
"Excellent performance and book"
Read this many years ago. Superb turns if phrase and brilliantly performed. A little laboured in parts, still a modern classic.
"Really deserves 4.5"
This book only narrowly misses out on the top spot by not being the best Amis book on offer, London Fields is almost certainly better, but that is not to say that this is any short of excellent. Stephen Pacy's narration is spot on, and the humorous satire will keep you entertained, even if it doesn't have you rolling in the isles. strongly recommend however.
"Good, but not great"
A witty, funny satire on wealth and showbiz which gradually turns repetitive and tedious and so outstaying its welcome. The narrator Steven Pacey is excellent though and keeps it hurtling on to the end.
"A Real Pleasure"
Beautifully written, and excellently narrated; a real pleasure from beginning to end.
I'm wondering which of Amis' other books to listen to next.
Absolutely loved it.
"On the Money"
Read this book. It is a work that perfectly describes the 80s and the Thatcher decade. The book gets better with each passing chapter. Its points are both subtle and obvious. Its characters named in modern Dickensian style.
I read this book a long time ago and decided to re-visit via the audio version. The novel stands the test of time and Steven Pacey's narration brings John Self alive in all his awful but engaging glory. The Amis book and this production is not for the faint hearted but hugely entertaining. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
"First Audiobook - Great Narration"
The book is, of course, amazing - two decades old and still as relevant as ever.
I found the narration superb, Steven Pacey nailed the character and made him sound exactly like I thought he would. It was my first unabriged audio book and it flew by.
This is one of the best-narrated audiobooks I've ever listened to. Pacey nails the voices, especially the weary transatlantic sarcasm of the protagonist-narrator John Self. The novel is a classic of 'skaz,' so it lends itself to being read aloud. It captures in brilliant detail the tacky unpleasantness of the early 1980s and of movie stars in general.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.