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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

"His eloquently rendered inner life shows a richness and tenderness." (Christopher Hitchens, The Week)

"Amis is still the finest English fiction writer of his generation." (Sunday Independent)

"An electrifying writer who likes to shock his fans and share his sharply contemporary concerns -- Amis is a maddening master you need to read -- the best of his generation." (Mail on Sunday)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-25-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-25-12

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Was it Bad Money or Good Money?"

    This is a hard book to review. 'Money'. I'll probably have to let the whole thing soak. It was brilliant, nimble, sharp, hard, completely balls-out-nuts and pornographic (not really in the PORNporn way, but in the MONEYporn way--yeah, folks, listen to the book you won't understand till you listen to it).

    If you put 'Money' together with Gaddis' 'JR' and Wolfe's 'Bonfire of the Vanities' and then sprinkle it all with the vibe and intensity and amorality of Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow' you begin to get the literary footprint of the financial crisis of 2008 AND a peepshow into how reading/listening to 'Money' feels. You gotta listen to 'Money'. Feel 'Money'. Anyway, this is a novel I will need to chew on for a few weeks, months or decades before I've fully digested how I feel about it. Was it Bad Money or Good Money? Or just Money?

    For me it wasn't as good as 'JR' and a day and plane ride from Manhattan later, I still feel a tad beat up by it (and my feet are still swollen from the City, the plane, or Martin Amis, or all three), so 4 stars, but absolutely brilliant still.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ruby Dartz 09-05-11
    Ruby Dartz 09-05-11

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Raunchy, funny slice of the GoGo 1980's"
    Would you listen to Money again? Why?

    Yes! Loved the narrator's voice. It was perfect for the content


    What other book might you compare Money to and why?

    Life by Keith Richards because it's the story of a very bad boy living a very high life in the 1980's Joe Hurley who is one of the narrators of Keith Richard's book has a similar gravely voice with an English accent. Sexy


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't seen any other books narrated by Graeme Malcom, however, I sent for a film he appeared in


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed out loud to several things in the book and it isn't a comedy by any means.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin Amis has written a tale that is witty, clever and also disturbing about a man lost in a haze of drugs, porn and money in the 1980's. Absolutely brilliant portrait of the high life world of Hollywood, New York and London through the eyes of a very damaged film director.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 03-19-13
    Rachael 03-19-13
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    "a lurid, debaucherous romp"
    Any additional comments?

    So, this Martin Amis can really turn a phrase. It's almost too bad I didn't read this in hardcopy, because I'd have been dogearing corners and grabbing a pencil every ten minutes to underline another gorgeous, gaudy, squalid sentence. The story is of a rich drunk scumbag (John Self!) on a downward spiral, and Amis is supreme at creating the seedy atmosphere with his outrageous similes and startling word choices, every paragraph dripping with flavor.

    The tale is sordid, but not terribly dark; the protagonist is vile, yet I never found myself hating him. Perhaps this is because he meets the evidence of his most despicable deeds (most having been committed while blackout-drunk, careening wildly around the city) with a sheepish bafflement mixed with shame, as if he can't imagine how he got written into such a story. The book's wry, constant humor tempers his pathetic downslide and keeps it free of despair, as does its rather good-hearted ending.

    The reader was perfectly chosen for this rapid-fire, stylish book; it's narrated in the first person, and he sounds like a very credible John Self, and fun to listen to. I highly recommend this audiobook, as it was a surprise find for me and a huge pleasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 01-14-12
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 01-14-12 Member Since 2005

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "Ashamed to Like It As Much As I Do"

    I loved it. Laugh out loud funny. Biting. Cruel. Sincere. A little too close to home sometimes.

    Don't miss this one.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Janet corona del mar, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Janet corona del mar, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I SPENT MONEY ON THIS?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. It is tedious, has dreadful characters and is simply not worth one's time. The great reviews on audible.com must have come from relatives.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My last was


    Would you be willing to try another one of Graeme Malcom’s performances?

    I do not know. In this book he sounds pompous and quite unpleasant. With better material, he might be terrific.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    2 of 20 people found this review helpful
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