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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Amis Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The year is 1970, and it’s a long, hot summer. In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the sexual revolution. The girls are acting like boys, the boys are going on acting like boys, and Keith Nearing—twenty years old, a literature student all clogged up with the English novel—is struggling to twist feminism and women’s ascendancy toward his own ends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sparkling and pointed.…[Amis’s] prose in this sex comedy is angular and tart.”

    New York Post

  • “Tight, funny, sexy, poignant.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Sumptuous.…It is beautifully achieved, cunningly relaxed, and also reveals considerable emotional depth.…Moving and humane, The Pregnant Widow also captivates by the accustomed wit and elegance of its style.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “The buzzing sense of fresh, limitless erotic license is captured brilliantly.…[Amis] is beginning to write with Old Master assurance on the important subjects.”

    Times (London)

  • “An ambitious, historically-minded project with keen insight and masterly sentences.…The Pregnant Widow is a stunning book; it contains within it all that is best in the English novel.”

    The Millions

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margarita | 2/10/2014

    " I really liked this book. Many reviewers focused on the sexual aspect of the character development, but I think it is so much more than that - it is about relationships and about incidental encounters that inform them, and sometimes help determine the course of our lives. in a way, it is a sadder, more sinister "Ensemble, c'est tout" (aka Hunting and Gathering). No happy endings here, and The Pregnant Widow goes even farther than other books of its genre - it has the fortitude to look forward into the future (or back into the past) and make sense of a life mostly lived through. This retrospective/introspective analysis takes courage and also mastery of prose that makes Martin Amis' style shine. No drama here, just life if you can take it. Looking forward to reading more of his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha | 1/20/2014

    " More than wonderful. I'm a big fan of his, but Amis hasn't been this effortless, clever, or generous in years; an absolute pleasure to read. Endlessly gratifying and equally impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samantha Readingmother | 1/20/2014

    " I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Amis is a writer's writer or a serious reader's writer, but this is not a serious book. It's very sex obsessed as most 20 year old men and women are which is the age group of the main charachters. If this had been a library book I may have abondoned it at about page 100 but I am glad I saw it through. He is a brilliant writer, I now want to read more of his books, but I doubt this is his best. The joy of this book is the comedy and the writing. There is nothing particulary profound in the main body of the story. There is however profound sentances here and there. I was moved by Violet's story but I felt this wasn't fully explained. This book is very much from a male of Amis's era's perspective and I can understand why some female readers may find him offensive. However I think that if read as a perspective, not a truth then it's amusing and interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Justin Paul | 1/12/2014

    " Very disappointed. I have enjoyed all the Amis books I have read. Until this. He is a great stylist, an author you want to read aloud to others, but the in a novel about sex, I found Amis's characters frigid....as if they were standing at a remove playing with themselves! Not the return to form that was promised...distant and seemingly full of in-jokes I wasn't clever enough to understand. "

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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.