Summary

Meet Steven Stelfox.
London, 1997: New Labour is sweeping into power, and Britpop is at its zenith. A&R man Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music industry, fuelled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine, searching for the next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification.
But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox must take the notion of cutthroat business practices to murderous new levels in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.
©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Hancox on 15-02-16

Cartoon satire

Hedonistic nutter A&R man sniffs, screws and eventually throws the moral compass out into space, in his rush to survive in the 1990's music business. Apart from Steven Stelfox, the star of this story, characterisation is cartoonishly thin. I think this is done on purpose, so that the reader cares as little for the fate of each character that comes unstuck, as Stelfox does himself.
There is a lot of grim humour here, one or two bits genuinely causing me to laugh out loud, partly in shock at the latest antic. As the book was written 8 years ago and deals with an industry in the last days before the internet revolution, there is a nostalgic feeling that this might be back in the bad old days and it couldn't happen today!
I enjoyed the narration, which caught the air of the privileged exec very well.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-05-18

vile vile vile

I struggled to get to chapter 2 before giving up. felt utterly depressed after listening

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 25-06-18

It’s like living in the head of a psychopath

TL;DR: Horrible psychopathic protagonist but difficult to put down. Be prepared - it’s very dark and terrible to think that some people must actually think like that. Not a the light-hearted.

Right from the beginning it’s clear that this guy is a psychopath and it’s an unpleasant experience to be in his head.

I wanted to stop reading as soon as possible afraid that the protagonists thoughts would somehow infect me and turn me into a psychopath.

He isn’t a guy you root for unless you too are a psychopath.

Even though I was disgusted by him, I just had to finish the book. Afterwards, I was disappointed with the way it ended. I would have preferred a different outcome. Like I said, he’s not much of a hero, not someone you can get behind.


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