Regular price: $21.58

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Born at the beginning of the 20th century, Raphael Ignatius Phoenix is determined to take his own life as the new millennium begins and he turns 100 years old. But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order, and that includes making sense of his own life. He decides to write it down, remembering the experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the 10 murders he committed along the way.

©2014 The Estate Of Paul Sussman (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"More than lives up to its promise... as darkly funny as it is original." ( Mail on Sunday)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Mesmerizing

I finished this book in a couple of days because I simply could not resist listening to it for hours on end. The story is quirky, fast-moving and grimly droll. To say the story is novel would be an understatement. There was only one episode that I found ghastly beyond belief and I was actually too scared to go to bed and fall asleep as I was too immersed in a grim and wicked set of cruel actions. For the rest of the book, I was amused to the point of laughing out loud. Written in the first person, I was fond of the protagonist from the very beginning despite his proclivities. Absolutely brilliant narration that made a deviously delicious story even more delectable. Such an imaginative and amusing book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • 08-31-18

absolutely fantastic

a great book. so different from anything else. I think I may have to listen again before I start searching Google for theories on this book... I have an idea but may be completely wrong... truly fantastic book that will stay with me forever. I highly recommend you read or listen to this book ( the narrator for this Audible copy is superb bringing life and feeling and humour perfectly)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jessica H.
  • 07-15-18

One of the best audiobooks I’ve purchased!

An amazing, unique and darkly hilarious novel. I couldn’t wait to keep listening to it, but didn’t want it to end! The first two thirds were the best, and the ending is a little nuts, but on the whole, it was a delight! :)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiona
  • 07-12-18

What a treat!

This book is just wonderful - an utter treat.

it's the life story of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix, and what a life he had racketing about the world murdering people as he went! It's written with great humour and is just the most fabulous romp. There is something of the flavour of the Flashman books about it - I think because our hero is so terribly frank with his reader - warts and all.
I loved it, I didn't want it to end. It was funny and strangely uplifting for a story of murder!
I can't leave without mentioning the performance - utterly brilliant! Gordon Griffin really brings the text alive.
Highly recommended all round.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • David K.
  • 07-17-18

Not nearly as smart or funny as it thinks itself.

The basic conceit of the book is fine but I've seldom heard or read a story which so desperately needs the hand of a good editor to weed out the flabby verbiage and keep the narrative inconsistencies to a minimum. It passed the time but far too much of it; at about half the length it could have kept all the plot without the tedious meandering. A pity, because there's a wryly amusing tale in there but this feels like a first rather than final draft.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful