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Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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  • S. Wragg
  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Gabe Fleming (Audible staff)
  • 04-05-19

A proper riot

This popped up in my automated recommendations because I like (love) Irvine Welsh, and it's a good comparison; richly drawn characters living in various moral and actual gutters, having a party while channeling vicious satire on the state of the human race. If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud, and occasionally squeal with a mixture of delight and disgust, this is the one. We all have a friend like John Self: an unrestrained, lovable bastard who just wants to consume everything in his path. It's a absolute riot of a listen. I found the narration a bit over-cooked, but that might be the point.

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  • Mr RS FFOULKES
  • 11-17-18

Of its time, and yet timeless

A perfectly paced, at times hilarious but ultimately tragic modern masterpiece that unravels the great, inescapable conspiracy of money so inextricably linked with human nature and its involuntary, unending and mostly unconscious desire for self-destruction

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  • John
  • 10-02-18

Fantastic story, brilliantly read<br />

What a great book and what a great performance. This held me rapt for the whole book. Entertaining and edgy at the same time.

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  • GizzleDizzle
  • 05-31-16

Get on with it man

Let's start with a positive, Steven Pacey offers the most impressive performance I've heard from an audiobook. Indeed it was Pacey who got me through it, because boy oh boy did I nearly give up. The superfluous use of language soon grinds on you, it gets in the way of the plot and prevents you from really empathising with any character. Very pleased this one is done with

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  • Philip
  • 05-22-16

A full throttle drink/porn fueled monologue...

Whilst fully acknowledging that Martin Amis is obviously an incredibly talented writer, I struggled in places with this book. It reads like a boozy porn-fueled rant. I found the narration and plot line a little too erratic and jumpy in places. Overall, I would rank it as "good entertainment" and incredibly evocative of 1980s largesse. Definitely worth a listen to for Stephen Pacey's amazing performance.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

probably the best audiobook performance ever

I honestly did not expect the book to be THAT good. It was a real gem! And the performance made it even more amazing. Absolutely brilliant - and absolutely recommended!!!

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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.