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This is the first Martin Amis book I have read / listened to and I wasn't disappointed. Money is an adult and darkly funny satire set in the early eighties with a great central character. I cannot agree with a previous reviewer about not downloading this audiobook version - despite it being introduced (not by the narrator) in a deep and overly sincere American voice as: Money, a suicide note, by "Mart'n A'mee"... It could almost have been part of the joke, given what follows in the story.
I very much enjoyed Graeme Malcom's narration. I thought he voiced the main characters well and his general rhythm and dead pan delivery suited the tone of the book and really brought across it's humorous and moving moments.
I am now annoyed that there currently isn't a Graeme Malcom read London Fields or The Information available on Audible.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Don't download this version under ANY circumstances. 'Money - A Suicide Note' is a very entertaining book which is performed superbly by Stephen Pacey in the BBC version, also available through Audible. This dreary alternative reading, however, will drive you to write your own suicide note way before you get to the end.
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Graeme Malcom doesn't so much read the book but live it. An amazing performance, especially from someone who has done such gentile work as "Old Filth," which, despite its title, is about a lawyer in Hong Kong. (Filth is an acronym for "Failed in London Try Hong Kong." I've known about Martin Amis for decades, and read his criticism and nonfiction. I've read reviews of his fiction, and I've read a number of stories about him, his father, his bad teeth, etc. I risked reading this book just to say I had, and it is scalding. But only at this point in my life can I say that I have known someone like the main character, John. And the device of introducing "Martin Amis," the writer, as a character in the book is sheer brilliance. I was deeply impressed by the writing, the characterizations, the plotting, the whole package. It's a bit rough to listen to. You will want ear buds. This really is old filth. But full of humor and deep understanding of tortured souls.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Like a rollercoaster, this book is not for everyone. Our hero's self-destructive behavior is either off-putting or endearing - you'll have to decide for yourself. I liked him. I also thought the social commentary pretty funny and I think the writer did a great job with exposing the human condition on the lowest of levels with compassion. I also found the reader's voice perfect for the part, and he read with a great range of feeling - from tender emotion to blathering drunk idiot. Well done!
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