Success and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Success Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged


See all 15 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£0.01
Audio Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged
"Please retry"
£149.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Download your favourite books to your ipod or mp3 player and save up to 80% on more than 40,000 titles at Audible.co.uk.




Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Gold Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753102897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753102893
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,683,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martin Amis is the author of ten novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. He lives in London.

Product Description

Review

"Beautifully constructed to make a coherent, powerful and still fairly unusual statement about changing English society" Evening Standard "An instantly recognizable voice, penetrating, loquacious, slightly hysterical, upsetting, rising above the basso pseudo-profundo babble of his competitors like filed fingernails scraping down glass - Martin Amis is a dazzling phrasemaker" Sunday Times "Amis pulls off his literary feat with panache" -- James Buchan Spectator --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

'A terrifying, painfully funny Swiftian exercise in moral disgust' Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By London reader on 15 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not an unswerving Amis fan - there are definitely longeurs in many of his longer novels and his use of repetition and stereotyping sometimes fall flat i.m.h.o.- but this is an amazingly tight, verbally dextrous masterpiece. Neither Gregory or Terry's voices are meant to be taken 100% literally, or as giving the direct views of Martin Amis - we're inside their minds, with all the misconceptions, prejudices and self-delusions they're burdened with. The differences between what these two unreliable narrators report about events, places and conversations are pointed and revealing, and while for much of the book we see them as grotesques, this is in fact how they view themselves, the reports of their own inner voices, and they are not static characters but evolve throughout. What I love about this work, apart from Amis's dazzling powers of originality in language, and Gregory's masterclass in snobbery, is that by the (hugely poignant) ending the reader's sympathies and expectations have been completely and expertly warped round. Anyone looking for a comforting, intellectually bankrupt, politically correct read that's chewing gum for the mind need not pick this up - but if you want to cackle out loud and be challenged and amazed by a master of language then get stuck in at once.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. E. Edgar on 27 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Success contains some of the best writing I have ever seen. When I first read it I was immediately launched onto a ten-year Amis Only project, during which I killed time before the next Amis novel by re-reading all his others. You can imagine what that was like when there were only three of them. Yes, I know them all by heart.
Success is a bit dated now, marked by the casual racism and sexism of the 1970s: people just wouldn't say some of the things the characters say, these days. It is abundantly clear that Amis is not approving of these views, by the way. He is singling them out for particular contempt. But that will not stop some readers calling him out for racism and sexism.
It is a kind novel, even a loving one. The satireformatted to the teeth and unforgiving, but ultimately it calls for a compassionate response in the reader. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read.
I wish he would return to this form and stop trying to be Hitch or his dad all the time. He is a better poet than either.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Collins on 26 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Damn... I wanted to hate this, I really did, but it's brilliant. Having said that I never believed in the Bayswater flat set-up for an instant; two uneducated characters (one even wishes he'd "studied more") routinely come out with unlikely phrases such as "an opulent Brobdingnag" and "Fieldingesque parentage mystery"; and the disgust with human effluvia (a word used powerfully here) is nauseating on occasion. But as a fable of lower middle-class England supplanting increasingly 'tonto' old money, and the empowered violence the new social disorder brings in its wake (Terry kicking the daylights out of a destitute hippy for £10, for example) it's great and ahead of its time. I'm also curious about the 'To Philip' dedication. Hopefully this is Philip Larkin, a pal of MA's dad Kingsley and one of the all-time great English poets, up there with Spenser, Marvell, Wordsworth, Auden and the rest. The constant references to f****ed up; "this seasoned trick the world has of seeming to start all over again" and more suggest that it is. A worthy reference point in a nifty little novel.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I suspect that this novel was the inspiration for Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho and the sneering rat in the movie Naked.
The fantasy-driven fop being the blueprint for Patrick Bateman.
The work is as ever a metaphor for Amis's thesis that money has replaced class as the way we view success in Britain today.
Money is what we want: high class, as our ambition, has been consigned to the bin.
This is a dark, pessimistic novel. I found the details of the killing of the seven-year old girl very disturbing.
The anal rape of a young women was also deeply unpleasant.
Because Amis is such a genius the above events are more poignant.
It took me a few days to shake off the despair invoked particularly of a young girl being brutally killed.
I doubt Amis realises how deeply his words can effect his readers.
Overall however, despite the darkness, it is beautifully written.
Amis is a master of his trade.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Troy Parfitt on 3 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Success is a decent read. Here we can see Amis formulating his distinctive style, and speaking on yobs, morality, class, fear, money, sex, and – yes – incest, themes that appear in his later works. The writing, as usual, is high quality, and Amis penned this novel in his late twenties. Incredible. Something is missing, though. I’m not sure what. Dialogue? Plot? Or maybe it’s that you don’t reach for the highlighter like you do with books like Money, where many paragraphs can be snipped out and framed. But it’s still good reading. Amis working things out is far better than many writers who’ve long had things worked out, such is the depth and uniqueness of his talent.

Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Morris on 26 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago, and have just picked it up again.
It really is rather good.
London is portrayed wonderfully, its grime, its perculiarities, its downright strangeness (I am currently suffering withdrawal systomes, being based on the Cote d'Azur, so this is especially appealing to me).
The writing is sharp, it's funny, it's just plain good.
Amis disects the British class system with painfully accuracy.
I would recommend the novel 'Money' to anyone who enjoyed 'success'.
I may be going 'tonto'...
As Keith Talent might say... 'Nice Darts'.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback