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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,847 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Amis Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781482980011
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London Fields is Martin Amis’ murder story for the end of the millennium.

The murderee is Nicola Six, a “black hole” of sex and self-loathing who is intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts, or the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. As Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London—and, indeed, the whole world—seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An uninhibited high-energy performance…[Amis] is one of the most gifted novelists of his generation.”

    Time

  • “A comic murder mystery, an apocalyptic satire, a scatological meditation on love and death and nuclear winter…By turns lyrical and obscene, colloquial and rhapsodic.”

    New York Times

  • “Relentlessly bitter, often brutally funny, hypnotically readable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A cunning suspense tale of physical and psychic mayhem…A darkly comic liebestod…Another caustic portrayal of human desires…this time heightened by a more deeply sinister and squalid atmosphere.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2014

    " this was an unforgettable joy-ride looking back. Witty, sly, black, and mercilessly exposing of pornographic and other male fantasies. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Proctor | 1/29/2014

    " A novel of superbly imaginative concepts and characters completely let down by being overly long, pretentious, ponderous, spiteful and self absorbed. Trim off 200 pages, keep the pace up and cut down on literary and philosophical wankery and this would have been to me the classic it is always claimed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne Thornton | 1/20/2014

    " Martin Amis is a jerk, and this is the book of a jerk, and it is a great book. Set in some kind of nebulous post-1990s beset by total ecological collapse (ash-scented air, carnivorous pigeons), the plot centers around a love triangle between Keith the predatory darts champion, Guy the upper-class do-gooder, and Nicola Six, the pathological liar who's plotting her own murder. Full of Amis-like wordplay and truly hateful and endlessly entertaining scenes of cruelty and evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Brown | 1/20/2014

    " The phrase that comes to mind is "complex caricature". Characters that border on the Dickensian, a fascinating self appearance with poignant themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/19/2014

    " One of the best tales ever told. A good assessment of the men, women and all the craziness that represent these times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 1/18/2014

    " Favorite line: Darts, Keith. Darts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean O'Neil | 1/16/2014

    " A detective story, the planning of a murder, rumination on the game of darts, meditation on love and jealousy and the resulting rage, and an analysis of uniquely British characters and culture. This was the first Martin Amis book I read, and it stayed with me a long time. As usual in his books, the characters have names that satirize their most notable traits (bad or good, doesn't matter). I thought the book was worth reading just to follow Keith Talent's obsession with darts. If you've ever played darts more than just occasionally and have read this book, you'll know what I mean. I happened to have read this while living in DC and frequenting a bar that had several dart lanes and a few pool tables, and a bartender who was fairly well-read. I told her about this book, which she'd never read. In exchange she told me about Cormac McCarthy's "Suttree," which I'd never read. This book delivered many rewards, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes character studies related to jealous violence, murder, and darts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 1/5/2014

    " Keith Talent has got to be one of the best fictional characters ever devised. This is my favourite Martin Amis book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Horn | 12/30/2013

    " Martin Amis' prose is spectacular and there was at least one moment on every page where I would say to myself that is really nice writing. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and found the inventions of Keith Talent and Guy Clinch pretty wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve T | 12/23/2013

    " Read this back in the 90s. Some powerful stuff here, often very funny. Black comedy/murder mystery for fans of offbeat literary fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Coughlin | 12/15/2013

    " The characters started out with fascinating quirks and habits, but after a few hundred pages it felt like it kept repeating the same tropes an jokes and I couldn't justify spending any more time on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/16/2013

    " I loved this book right away, but got off it somehow and then could never get back into it. I tried for months and eventually had to force myself to conquer it as a matter of principle. I don't really know what my problem was, because I loved every word when I was actually able to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania Bishop | 8/28/2013

    " loved this novel... have this exact edition and it is well worn. bought it before my first trip to London in 1990. It may be time to re-visit this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/14/2013

    " it's a very writer-ly book, but a good read nonetheless. bleak. but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 7/23/2012

    " This book was okay, but I got away from it, and then lost interest. It's pretty self aware, and I don't think I ever quite grasped the foreshadowing/plot. In any case, I wasn't that drawn into it, and I have a stack of books by my bed.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/20/2012

    " messy, funny great book; keeps amis up there with the 2 ians (Mckewan and Banks) as the best of his generation's Emglish writers.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joaquin | 5/9/2012

    " For what it's worth, this is the greatest novel of the waning half of the century of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2012

    " Even meaner and funnier than Money. He hasn't got a clue about women, but I think that works in this case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georg | 2/26/2012

    " Some books have a good language, some books have an interesting plot, some books are just funny. This book has it all, but it has something special: a character you will never forget (Keith Talent). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Viall | 12/15/2011

    " This is my other favorite novel. The British love to bash their best man of letters, but this fellow is magnificent. Every sentence is thought through and identifiably his, which some British critics have tagged him for. Amis has a huge mind and puts it to good use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 12/3/2011

    " Would be a much better book if he skipped the quasi-apocalyptic, non-Keith-Talent chapters. Book would be half the length, twice the fun. Keith is comic gold. Amis' other social commentary and dystopian imaginings are plodding and dull. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elinor | 5/18/2011

    " Cold, clinical, verbally dextrous but ultimately vacuous exercise in literary pretentiousness. Either that or I just didn't get it.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fay | 4/21/2011

    " I couldn't even get half way through the book, no matter how hard I tried. It was just dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 f xx f y | 3/25/2011

    " a compelling, sometimes exhausting tragicomedy about seduction and the force of will. or maybe not. could have taught me more than I ever thought I could know about darts but flew entirely over my head and I doubt it was unintentional. "

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

    " I first read this nearly 20 years ago and, despite Amis' tendency to get a little too cute and to overwrite, it holds up well and is searingly funny. About 70 pages of editorial surgery would have made it nearly perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/11/2011

    " I read this because he's a best friend of Christopher Hitchens. It was smart and perverse with black humour and I couldn't tell whether he was being ironically optimistic or miserable. I think I'm too emotionally unstable to read this guy, either that or I'm too much of a philistine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/13/2010

    " Some of the most incredible and horrible characters in literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 9/26/2010

    " The most difficult book I've read in a while. The writing was brilliant, the writer's style both precise and unflinching. What made it hard to read were the characters, people so awful that I wanted them out of at least my head, if not just gone. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Steven Pacey’s extensive work in the West End includes the role of Alec in Dolly West’s Kitchen, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Hamish in Things We Do for Love, and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves—for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. He was also directed by Harold Pinter in his successful productions of Celebration and The Room. Pacey has appeared in numerous television roles, including Tarrant in Blake’s 7, and has made over three hundred radio broadcasts.