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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Amis Narrator: Christopher Cazenove, Judy Geeson Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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From the celebrated author of London Fields come these 8 unforgettable and imaginative short stories. Career Move is a through-the-looking glass romp in a world where poets are top dogs fawned over by executives and paid handsomely for their work, while screenwriters are domed to near-obscurity. What Happened to Me on My Holiday created a stir in The New Yorker because of its extraordinary voice exploring a child's first understanding of nature, death, and humanity. Other stories include: Denton's Death, Heavy Water, Straight Fiction, Let Me Count the Times, The Coincidence of the Arts, and State of England. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rustam | 1/30/2014

    " His humor is like...I dunno. There's one story about this guy whose wife lets him sodomize her exactly once a year on his birthday. Amis then spends the rest of the story generating hundreds of statistics in regards to various aspects of their sex life. And I dunno. It's just funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/28/2014

    " Amis always spins a good yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/17/2014

    " wry... or something. i think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilja | 1/10/2014

    " I find Martin Amis disgusting, but not all the stories in this one were, and some of the cleverness I have to admit I enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juta | 1/9/2014

    " Fantastic collection of stories. My only previous exposure to Amis was a novel that I didn't like, but he seems to be a master of the short form. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 12/20/2013

    " A masterclass in douchery from the most politically reprehensible and aesthetically ugly writer in the UK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Desrosiers | 12/6/2013

    " ... but the title story gets five stars ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 11/27/2013

    " A story in which blockbuster movies are adapted from poems and screenwriters struggle to get their action screenplays published in small journals. Yes, indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/22/2013

    " The story about the screenwriter and the literary writer switching worlds should be required reading for every writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanny | 11/21/2013

    " Two perfect stories: "Career Move" and "The Coincidence of the Arts." Skip or skim the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 11/19/2013

    " Some good stories- some weird stuff. Liked (sort of): The Coincidence of the Arts- Heavy Water- Straight Fiction. Let Me Count the Times was a strange erotic story. What Happened to Me on My Holiday was witty- but consciously so and annoying as hell to plod through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R. | 11/17/2013

    " Features The Janitor From Mars wherein an abusive Martian robot communicates to a representative gathering of Earthlings precisely how little they matter in the grand scheme of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 9/26/2013

    " This collection of short stories is mixed. Some were great, but some were limited to Amis's standard fascination for jerks and miscreants. As usual, Amis knows how to craft language, and there are plenty of bawdy jokes thrown in. I loved the one sci-fi story in the mix about the Janitor on Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caty | 7/19/2013

    " I usually find Martin Amis to be a pale imitation of his acclaimed father and Will Self, but this collection includes one of my favorite short stories EVER: "The Janitor on Mars". Fucking amazing and I'll say no more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 5/30/2013

    " Amis combines adjectives like nobody else and is at once hilarious and enlightening. Straight Fiction, Let me count the times, so funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/17/2013

    " A hit or miss collection where the premise behind stories such as 'Straight Fiction' and 'The Janitor from Mars' hold great promise but fail to really deliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Miller | 4/4/2013

    " Heavy Water: and Other Stories by Martin Amis (2000) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/16/2012

    " More like dark Ray Bradbury than I was expecting. I've never read MA before, I think this might have been the wrong book to start with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron France | 12/22/2011

    " Great stories, most are strong. Standing out above all others is "The Janitor from Mars". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/22/2011

    " Full of great Britishisms. Amis has a way with words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Macdonald | 10/12/2011

    " Liked some stories much more than others. I think "The Janitor on Mars" was the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yanru | 5/8/2011

    " The stories are so fictional that they read very much like reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 4/7/2011

    " I hated the title story in this collection, just to get that out of the way. Career Move and Straight Fiction were both clever but gimmicky. The Coincidence of the Arts is some kind of brilliant short masterpiece. The other stories are forgettable. So much so that I can't say much about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sazuru | 3/17/2011

    " One of those few brilliant macho authors who turns the whole thing in on itself, and with such an agile imagination that you have to read...and keep on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 11/14/2010

    " This collection of short stories is mixed. Some were great, but some were limited to Amis's standard fascination for jerks and miscreants. As usual, Amis knows how to craft language, and there are plenty of bawdy jokes thrown in. I loved the one sci-fi story in the mix about the Janitor on Mars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 4/18/2010

    " A hit or miss collection where the premise behind stories such as 'Straight Fiction' and 'The Janitor from Mars' hold great promise but fail to really deliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2010

    " Amis always spins a good yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sazuru | 5/10/2009

    " One of those few brilliant macho authors who turns the whole thing in on itself, and with such an agile imagination that you have to read...and keep on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 3/30/2009

    " Heavy Water: and Other Stories by Martin Amis (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caty | 11/27/2008

    " I usually find Martin Amis to be a pale imitation of his acclaimed father and Will Self, but this collection includes one of my favorite short stories EVER: "The Janitor on Mars". Fucking amazing and I'll say no more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 11/10/2008

    " Some good stories- some weird stuff. Liked (sort of): The Coincidence of the Arts- Heavy Water- Straight Fiction. Let Me Count the Times was a strange erotic story. What Happened to Me on My Holiday was witty- but consciously so and annoying as hell to plod through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/1/2008

    " wry... or something. i think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/9/2008

    " Full of great Britishisms. Amis has a way with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/3/2007

    " ... but the title story gets five stars ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 9/7/2007

    " One of the best collection of short stories I've ever read. Each is rich and funny in its own way. Some are better than others (The State of England is a standout) but the variety is part of the appeal. A lot of brilliant, page-turning satire. Plenty of emotional kick too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R. | 8/25/2007

    " Features The Janitor From Mars wherein an abusive Martian robot communicates to a representative gathering of Earthlings precisely how little they matter in the grand scheme of things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanny | 6/18/2007

    " Two perfect stories: "Career Move" and "The Coincidence of the Arts." Skip or skim the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/28/2007

    " Great stories, most are strong. Standing out above all others is "The Janitor from Mars". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 5/2/2007

    " A story in which blockbuster movies are adapted from poems and screenwriters struggle to get their action screenplays published in small journals. Yes, indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rustam | 3/14/2007

    " His humor is like...I dunno. There's one story about this guy whose wife lets him sodomize her exactly once a year on his birthday. Amis then spends the rest of the story generating hundreds of statistics in regards to various aspects of their sex life. And I dunno. It's just funny. "

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About the Author
Author Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of many novels, two collections of fiction stories, several of nonfiction, and the memoir Experience, for which he received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Amis has been listed for the Booker Prize twice and was a professor of creative writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.