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Money: A Suicide Note | [Martin Amis]

Money: A Suicide Note

The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.
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Publisher's Summary

The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

©1986 Martin Amis (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absolutely one of the funniest, smartest, meanest books I know. John Self, the Rabelaisian narrator of the novel, is an advertising man and director of TV commercials who lurches through London and Manhattan, eating, drinking, drugging and smoking too much, buying too much sex, and caring for little else besides getting the big movie deal that will make him lots of money. Hey, it was the '80s. Most importantly, however, Amis in Money musters more sheer entertainment power in any single sentence than most writers are lucky to produce in a career." (Amazon.com review)

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    Dawn United States 08-23-11
    Dawn United States 08-23-11 Member Since 2010

    Dawnknitella in Oregon

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    "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

    Like a rollercoaster, this book is not for everyone. Our hero's self-destructive behavior is either off-putting or endearing - you'll have to decide for yourself. I liked him. I also thought the social commentary pretty funny and I think the writer did a great job with exposing the human condition on the lowest of levels with compassion. I also found the reader's voice perfect for the part, and he read with a great range of feeling - from tender emotion to blathering drunk idiot. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-27-10
    Kristin LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "engrossing"

    The protagonist is vile, but the prose is beautiful. Throughout the story, I identified with this disgusting man - which I would normally never do - and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. There were moments I almost had to pause the book because I was so overwhelmed by the writer's creative and machine gun-like use of language. Also, the narrator is fantastic - REALLY fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-27-10
    Harry Chappaqua, NY, United States 05-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"

    Malcom's reading of this novel is impeccable. He comprehends the voice and utilizes it wonderfully. The book itself is hilarious and gripping.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clint Jannali, Australia 03-15-14
    Clint Jannali, Australia 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Time spent with "John Self" well used"
    What made the experience of listening to Money the most enjoyable?

    After initially being off put by Audible's pronunciation of Martin Amis I was scared. I had no need to be. Graeme Malcom's phrasing of the text and understanding of the book far surpassed my own. While listening to his reading, twice I had to worry if I would actually be able to stop laughing and breathe again. Not for the overly sensitive, as advertised, it features plenty of money, sex and pornography. If you can get over it, I found myself jealous of Martin Amis' brilliant use of language, character creations and turn of phrase. I read most of it at my sock but also listened to a good portion driving to and from work in my Fiasco. Top 10 of all time, definitely.


    What does Graeme Malcom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Graeme has a far better understanding of the book than I do. His phrasing of certain sections made instantly clear passages I would have had to re-read several times to comprehend normally. As far as a "value add" is concerned Graeme is "Best. Narrator. Ever"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't want to do anything for 15 hours straight. This took a number of sittings. On the plus side I did read/listen to it twice. I've never bothered with any of that before with an audiobook so I believe that says something.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scopelabs Honolulu, HI, United States 03-07-14
    Scopelabs Honolulu, HI, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "SO great!"

    if you by and dnt love ill send ya the $ or a credit! -G

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    Wisdom Seeker Sonoma CA USA 11-23-13
    Wisdom Seeker Sonoma CA USA 11-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "This book goes nowhere"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It lacks a compelling narrative drive


    What could Martin Amis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    While he is clearly a talented writer, about halfway through the book it became clear that every chapter was a variation on the preceding one.


    What does Graeme Malcom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator that breathes life into a not very likeable central character


    Was Money worth the listening time?

    No


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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 05-19-11
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Belaboring the obvious"

    If you are a drinking alcoholic, you are bound to encounter all the bumps in the road you've chosen. No surprise. The surprise in this book is how little relation the title bares to the reality belabored in it. As "durnkalogs" go this was a good one but I've heard too many to be impressed.

    All things considered, you'll finder greater pathos and sincerity at an AA meeting. At least there the drunks recognize themselves are in recovery--a meaningful endevor which this book is not.

    Good narration.

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    Cynthia Olmsted Falls, OH, United States 08-10-11
    Cynthia Olmsted Falls, OH, United States 08-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible!!"

    This is the first book I ever gave 1 star to. The book moves slowly and I had a hard time paying attention as it was so boring. The british accent also does not help. I could not finish the book, it was too torturous!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jackdaw
    Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom
    5/24/10
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    "Right book - wrong version!"

    Don't download this version under ANY circumstances. 'Money - A Suicide Note' is a very entertaining book which is performed superbly by Stephen Pacey in the BBC version, also available through Audible. This dreary alternative reading, however, will drive you to write your own suicide note way before you get to the end.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Andover, United Kingdom
    10/17/12
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    "Dark and Funny"

    This is the first Martin Amis book I have read / listened to and I wasn't disappointed. Money is an adult and darkly funny satire set in the early eighties with a great central character. I cannot agree with a previous reviewer about not downloading this audiobook version - despite it being introduced (not by the narrator) in a deep and overly sincere American voice as: Money, a suicide note, by "Mart'n A'mee"... It could almost have been part of the joke, given what follows in the story.

    I very much enjoyed Graeme Malcom's narration. I thought he voiced the main characters well and his general rhythm and dead pan delivery suited the tone of the book and really brought across it's humorous and moving moments.

    I am now annoyed that there currently isn't a Graeme Malcom read London Fields or The Information available on Audible.

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