We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The First Bad Man Audiobook

The First Bad Man

Regular Price:$19.27
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

A Guardian literary highlight for 2015
A Huffington Post 'One to Watch' in 2015
An Amazon Rising Star 2015

"Astounding" (Lena Dunham, creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl)

"The First Bad Man brings together all of July's talents - it's a book that must be read, a book that must be purchased - in duplicate - one for you, one for a friend. Don't think you can loan this book - you'll never get it back" (A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and May We Be Forgiven)

The first novel by the filmmaker, artist and bestselling author Miranda July confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling and unforgettable.

©2015 Miranda July (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Astounding" (Lena Dunham, creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl)
"The First Bad Man brings together all of July's talents - it's a book that must be read, a book that must be purchased - in duplicate - one for you, one for a friend. Don't think you can loan this book - you'll never get it back" (A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and May We Be Forgiven)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (27 )
5 star
 (14)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (24 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.8 (25 )
5 star
 (22)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lola-Mae 30/09/2015
    Lola-Mae 30/09/2015 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A MUST listen"

    Miranda July grabs those fleeting yet numerous thoughts we have that we disregard as ridiculous or unsavoury and creates art with them. She has a stunning way of weaving together life's oddities into stories that feel like home, that home that exists inside us that we dare not show to the world.

    This book had me sneaking an earphone in while on the phone to my mother. I could not put it down. I could not imagine it narrated by anyone else other than Miranda herself.

    This is my number one book of 2015. What a brilliantly strange and wonderful mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sean 01/09/2015
    Sean 01/09/2015 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Audio Book Ever!"

    Seriously the best. Funny, dark, strange, surreal, magical and sad. All of my favourite things and masterfully narated by July herself. A MUST LISTEN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Hannah
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    24/02/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Anything but kooky"
    What made the experience of listening to The First Bad Man the most enjoyable?

    It is always special when a writer reads their own work, but July's use of tone and verbal inflection is so important in her writing that it was exciting to hear what kind of voice *she* imagined for each character, how this whisper would sound or that shout.


    What other book might you compare The First Bad Man to, and why?

    This is difficult as July has such a unique style, but perhaps Camus' 'The Stranger' or Calvino's 'If on a winter's night'? Narratively and structurally 'The First Bad Man' is completely different to both books, but they come the closest to the slightly disturbing, hallucinatory, disconnected, dream-like feeling that July conveys so well.


    Which character – as performed by Miranda July – was your favourite?

    Probably Cheryl herself - July performs her with enormous empathy and kindness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There we moments when I almost wanted to stop listening - some of the sexual imagery is very graphic and the violence can be unnerving...but - without revealing what happens - the end of the book made me punch the air with delight. I want to listen to the whole thing all over again.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • andriarna
    17/06/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't put it down!"

    A fly on the wall peak into the life of a woman who is held together by her almost OCD habits and insular life style. Everything is turned upside down by her new house guest that will change everything to her very core for the rest of her life. This will make you laugh out loud but also make you uncomfortable and cringe, listening to her every thought and crazy, almost section-able view of the most normal of activities!! Definitely worth a read. An amazing first novel. I can't wait to see what's next....

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    23/03/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Los Angeles Surreal"

    I really wasn't sure what to expect. It was a crazy story but I think I stuck with it because I know crazy people like this in LA who are into reiki and past life regression. I'm from LA so I can "stereotype" with ease. I know all these people. It was like Murakami does Venice Beach

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Doherty
    UK
    11/05/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deafening brilliance"

    Stunning book. Hilarious throughout and weirdly wonderful. Miranda July is my new favourite author ♡♡♡

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Discerning Lady
    23/04/15
    Overall
    "Funny and disturbing"

    A unique literary voice, a story like no other. Funny, disturbing, intriguing and touching. A very human story. July rocks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    30/06/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant and bizarre"

    This book is totally bizarre and surprising. Every time I thought it's oddness was getting to much it pulled me back in. Miranda July makes the madness of introversion accessible and easy somehow even though the ideas are abstract they become universal.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    10/05/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unusual and intriguing"

    Worth sticking out with. And The author's narration adds a lot. Not sure if it's as good as her short fiction, but it's a fine novel focusing on very unusual characters in a unique style.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S. Jonas
    UK
    30/03/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Weirdly amazing"

    Very odd but utterly gripping listen, and one of the most realistic depictions of birth ever. Really worth a read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    26/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mediocre"

    Funny bits aren't very funny. The characters are unbelievable. The mid-book lurch to middle-aged bildungsroman left me cold. I am making it sound worse than it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn T.
    29/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Only got 3 chapters in"

    Quite strange- not for me!
    When it likened the toilet not flushing to needing an old dog I'm afraid I was out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.