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

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  • S. Wragg
  • 10-11-2009

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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  • Ellie
  • 22-11-2019

Not what I was expecting!

I tried to like this, mainly because I love Steven Pacey, but it's rambling became a blur. Mr Self from what I could make out is practically everything I hate rolled into one obnoxious sad excuse of a man. If it had been a physical book I would have thrown it away. I do appreciate the work put into it and I did understand the way it was portrayed but definitely not for me. We live and learn I suppose!

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  • Tony McGowan
  • 18-11-2019

Funny and savage

Loved this - mainly for the outstanding reading, but also for the brilliant, coruscating Amis prose. The actual narrative isn't only quite interesting, but every sentence fizzes with immense comic energy. Pacey is superb at a variety of UK & US accents. Really can't recomend enough. But you need a strong stomach ...

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  • Tiger
  • 24-03-2017

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
  • 27-03-2013

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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  • S. MCCLEERY
  • 28-04-2020

Guy reading this is wholly inappropriate

Martin Amis's savage novel is a first person narrative from the debauched John Self and his slimy addictions of money, booze, junk food, drugs, pornography, etc. Steven Pacey sounds like he collects stamps. It's like listening to quantum theory being explained by Bojo

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  • Justice Peace
  • 16-10-2019

Master class

Great novel. Superb narration. First class work from the author and narrator. A very erudite tome.

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  • Gabe Fleming (Audible staff)
  • 05-04-2019

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
  • 17-11-2018

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
  • 02-10-2018

Fantastic story, brilliantly read

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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