The Information

  • by Martin Amis
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How can one writer hurt another where it really counts? The answer: attack his reputation. This is the problem facing novelist Richard Tull, contemplating the success of his friend and rival Gwyn Barry. Revenger's tragedy, comedy of errors, contemporary satire - The Information skewers high life and low in Martin Amis's brilliant return to the territory of Money and London Fields.

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a dark and savagely funny book

Martin Amis will not be everyone's cup of tea. His is a deeply pessimistic view of the world. His characters are weak, pathetic and generally unlikeable misfits and fate is cruel to them. In "The Information", the two main protagonists are authors who were students at Oxford together; one is a commercial success but a very poor writer, the other is profoundly unsuccessful and writes extremely obscure books which no-one reads of buys, and who scrapes a living writing reviews of books almost as obscure and deadly as his own. Their relationship is suffused with jealousy, deception, suppressed rage and hate. On this platform Amis writes a dark and savagely funny tale with some truly hilarious set-pieces satirising the publishing world. His fascination with low life is as strong and brilliantly expressed as ever, but the low life characters and incidents seem almost periphery to the book, and do not easily slot into the narrative - the book's only real weakness - in contrast to my favourite Amis book "London Fields".

The narration by Stephen Pacey is nothing less than a tour de force. He brings out all the fantastic invention and colour of Amis' prose, he depicts the characters brilliantly, and he seems to almost relish the savage humour - the book is laugh out loud funny at times. You could almost believe that the book was written for him to narrate, so at home is he with Amis' style.

Warmly recommended - particularly if you are already an Amis fan. His books are superbly suited to being read out loud, and even if you have read the book before, your appreciation of the author's skill and the book will be greatly enhanced.
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios