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The Job

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,260 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
The Pay Was Good
Several years into his career as an ad salesman for a successful computer magazine, Ned Allen seems to have it all: an ambitious, beautiful wife, a fabulous Manhattan apartment, a clear view of the top of the corporate ladder. Until he's faced with a seemingly clear-cut moral choice, that is, his company sold and Ned suddenly, brutally fired. Empty-handed,
Paperback, 466 pages
Published August 18th 1998 by Hyperion (first published 1998)
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Armin Hennig
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pks-finanz
Eigentlich zweieinhalb Sterne, allerdings ist die Geschichte doch ziemlich roh gezimmert, schlecht ausbalanciert und der psychologische Wert gleich null, auch wenn das wirtschaftliche Umfeld der späten Neunziger ganz gut eingefangen ist.
Dabei war die Ausgangssituation gar nicht mal so schlecht, ein Riesenarschloch von einem Chefanzeigenverkäufer für eine aufstrebende Computerzeitschrift gerät während der Übernahme seines Blattes durch einen deutschen Medienkonzern in Loyalitätskonflikte und verl
Jessie Sara
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from a local library. It was donated by a major oil and gas company. I have never read any book written by this author before. Once i started reading I couldn't stop. The story felt so real. It exposes the ugly side of outward success in the corporate world , the world of media advertisement to be exact. The characters are simple yet they appear so "alive". The other characters helps bring the story to life too even Mr.Jack Ballantine.

I love reading this book. It makes me w
Radi Radev
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Целият свят, целият човешки живот се движи от сделки. Има обаче сделки, които оставят човекът да бъде човек, но има и такива, които по мефистофелски отнемат душата му и той в името на парите е готов да купува, да продава, да измъчва, да лъже само и само за да има повече.
Именно такива са героите в книгата на Дъглас Кенеди. Модерното американско общество изисква всички човешки възможности за да може да си осигури отделната личност нормални условия за живот. Сюжетът е многопосочен, защото разкрива
When I started reading, I became a little irritated. After a while it got better. At the end I couldn't put it down.
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think its a shame the cover of this book put me off reading it - it is actually a great holiday read, a really taut and edge of the seat thriller which I found very hard to put down and thoroughly enjoyed: I could imagine it on the big screen perhaps. I know the old adage about not judging the book by the cover is true but these days I think there are so many trashy (looking) covers in the shops it is hard not to put them into categories in your head based on their appearance (I am guilty - an ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
For me Kennedy is a powerful writer with refreshing style and novels. Perhaps it is his strength of the writing that makes him able to shift peculiar almost post-modern endings with suitably real urban settings.
Chenye G
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish this story never ends!
By this I have finished all the novels from Douglas Kennedy. Such a wonderful thriller, love love it!
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book. It was addictive reading and I got through it quickly. And I didn't think something about an advertising space salesman would appeal so much! It didn't feel as though it got too glossy American blockbuster thriller when he got messed up in The Job and I wasn't disappointed by the ending - maybe that sounds like a stupid thing to say, but I am often disappointed by these mysterious thrillers, in that they build themselves up really well, and when you start to find out w ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
„Неговите интелигентни трилъри примиряват проникновения стил и комерсиалната литература. Той конструира сюжетите си около болезнени социални теми и абсурди на съвременното общество“
(„Ентъртейнмънт Уийкли“)

Със „Сделката" писателят Дъглас Кенеди остава верен на ключовата тема в романите си: драмите на средната класа и елитните социални прослойки, парадоксалната близост между ежедневното и бруталното, между патологията и здравия разум. Нед Алън e самоуверен рекламист в най-бързо растящото компютърн
Ivan Bogdanov
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата почва убийствено.
Момчето от село се е трудило много за израстването си, добър продавач на реклами е, без малко да стигне до много висок пост и ... там започва падението. Тази част е описана много добре, показани са състоянията, през които минава човек по бързия път надолу. До голяма степен ми е познато и затова четох с интерес.
Втората част обаче, с тия объркани финансови истории, приличаше на лек (олекотен) римейк на Фирмата... Даже накрая се оказа, че не главния антагонист е най-лошия,
Nina Draganova
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Завладяваща история , която прочетох за един миг . Със сигурност ще продължа да чета този автор.

Ето това ми се заби в мислите :
- " Гордостта предшества провала".
David Lucero
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page-turning novel full of suspense, intrigue and one man's hope for landing on his feet.

Ned Allen has a good job as an Ad Salesman in a thriving company. When the company is bought by an eccentric German businessman it appears Ned's ship has arrived. The new boss has big plans for him, some of which include extramarital affairs with women paid by the hour for their services. It bothers Ned that for him to move forward, some (including his current boss), may find themselves out in the street a
Hannah Polley
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Douglas Kennedy book and I really enjoyed it. I read the blurb on the back before reading the book so I was waiting for Ned to start his new job which didn't happen until over half way through the book which made it feel that it was a little slow to start. However, if I hadn't read the back I don't think I would have thought that as I really enjoyed reading the beginning and the set up to the story.

I quite liked Ned but it did annoy me how he kept getting into situations that
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Kennedy is an intriguing author who can write convincingly about any subject! None of his books are very similar in subject matter. This book kept my attention with a plot that kept me turning the page! All about people selling their souls to climb the corporate ladder! In some cases, it gets you killed, or just about!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. I had a difficult time liking the main character at first and parts of the book were a little slow. The slow parts were definitely worth hanging in for however because there were also parts where I couldn’t put it down!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I've read a number of other books by this author and loved them. This one was no exception. It is fast moving and very suspenseful. One of those where you think things couldn't get any worse for the main character but then it does! It kinda reminded me of John Grisham's book, The Firm.
Jan Laney
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I had no empathy with the characters who I thought were thinly drawn and ultimately, could not have cared less about what happened to them.Unconvincing plot.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: douglas-kennedy
A real page turner..'till the end wasn't sure where it was going...glad I like D. Kennedy
Jo Woolnough
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will have you routing for Ned from the start as life throws him one curb ball after another - a brilliant roller coaster of a book and a very entertaining read.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book!
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things go from bad to worse in this thriller style story. An enjoyable read with a likable protagonist.
Kara Jorges
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ned Allen is a salesman barely living within his means in New York City. From a small town in Maine, he strives to shed his background and be a big player in the big city. He is the northeast sales manager for a computer magazine. His wife Lizzie is in public relations, and the two of them are busy living a life of crushing work schedules and dinner and drinks in all the right places. Always on the edge, Ned’s life takes a precarious turn when the magazine he works for is sold to a German compan ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
J'aime beaucoup ce qu'écrit Douglas Kennedy, mais en commençant ce roman, en anglais cette fois, j'ai d'abord eu du mal à accrocher. le style était différent, l'univers du personnage principal loin du mien et le vocabulaire du monde de la pub dans le domaine informatique loin de celui que je manie aisément. Bref, les débuts furent difficiles...

Dans les premiers chapitres, j'ai d'ailleurs eu beaucoup de mal à m'attacher au personnage de Ned. Un peu comme la Becky de Sophie Kinsella, j'avais envie
Rodney McCain
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent page-turner; a bit slow to get into, but stick with it. Not as good as Kennedy's 'The Big Picture', but well worth your time & effort.
Anne Claire
New York, c��t�� paillettes. Pour Lizzie, attach��e de presse de son ��tat, rien ne compte plus que d'entretenir son r��seau de contacts - mais attention, "VIP Only". Tel excellent ami perd son poste de chef de rubrique et int��gre une petite r��daction sans influence ? Il sera rel��gu�� au rang de connaissance, par la force des choses. Lizzie et son mari, Ned Allen, chef de publicit�� chez CompuWorld le savent : c'est la jungle. Pas toujours agr��able, mais tant que l'on reste du c��t�� des pr� ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ned Allen is young, smart, and upwardly mobile. Several years into his career as an ad salesman for a successful computer magazine, Ned's finally left his small-town roots behind, and is certain that the sophisticated Manhattan world he covets is his forever. His wife Lizzie is also a rising star of a prestigious PR firm. It seems that Ned's made it. But then what appeared to be a career break shows its true colours. Ned's forced to make some tough calls, among them a question of ethics and the ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is only the second Douglas Kennedy book I have ever read but I can already tell I am going to end up being a big fan of his.
This was intense, gripping and thrilling and I found it a real struggle to put the book down. A corrupt, corporate world is the backdrop to a novel about desperation, last chances and financial devastation. Kennedy writes in such a way that you feel you're almost watching the dialogue play out on screen. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head as I was reading t
Jeff Swystun
Occasionally I like to listen to an audiobook and part of the criteria of selection is the narrator's voice. I loved John Slattery's take on Stephen King's Duma Key so sought more of his work. This short novel was also intriguing. The end result was decent points for Slattery but not so for the book and that is what the 2 stars is based on. First, there is not a likeable or truly redeemable character to be found. So you end up rooting for a speedy conclusion. Second, the plot was outlandish and ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still don't understand what the cover has to do with this book.

Be that as it may, I really enjoyed The Job. Douglas Kennedy's writing is superb, as usual, and his imagination abounds. At first it was a story of the rise and fall of a jerk! Ned Allen is a slick salesman, full of himself and unmindful of the implications, sometimes negative, of his decisions and actions for those around him.

Later in the story, things began to change and I felt more empathy for the character. At the end of the
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about priorities and the lengths some will go to, to preserve what's important to them. It's impossible not to get involved in this story and feel empathy for the main character, even though he makes some questionable decisions and at times you just want to slap him! Another great read from Douglas Kennedy. I've read them all now and will wait impatiently for a new one to be published.
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Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. He studied at Bowdoin College, Maine and Trinity College, Dublin, returning to Dublin in 1977 with just a trenchcoat, backpack and $300. He co-founded a theatre company and sold his first play, Shakespeare on Five Dollars a Day, to Radio 4 in 1980. In 1988 he moved to London and published a travel book, Beyond the Pyramids. His debut novel The Dead He ...more
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