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Publisher's Summary

John Self is addicted to life. Porn freak and jetsetter, a aficionado of wealth and women, Self is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an insistent invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, making a fortune but spending more, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality, and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.
©1984 Martin Amis; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Simon
  • 11-10-09

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tiger
  • 03-24-17

Painfully funny and sad<br />

Well read, painfully funny at times and hideous observation of humanity at its worst. A little on the long-winded side but well worth it.

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  • michael william cain
  • 02-02-15

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.

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  • Robert
  • 04-13-13

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.

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  • clint
  • 03-27-13

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.

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  • Chris
  • 05-21-12

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.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-19-12

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.

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  • Helen
  • 09-04-11

impressive

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.

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  • Steve G
  • 08-19-11

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.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-04-11

Superb

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-17

Truly wonderful

Fiction that is meticulously crafted - sentence by sentence, and Steven Pacey's impeccable reading made this one of the most enjoyable audio books I have ever listened to. I'm going to miss John Self...I think

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  • Glyn
  • 06-22-16

Money

This is the best performed audiobook I've listened to. Stephen Pacey captures the true essence of the protagonist John Self.