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  • The Steep Approach to Garbadale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire, now a wildly successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion, but he also has other things on his mind. What, for example, drove his mother to take her own life?

    Dan says: "Entirely enjoyable. More AudioBooks by Iain Banks?"
    "Well performed"
    Overall

    The book is entertaining, if a little self-indulgent in parts. It provides a funny insight into families born into money and the family firm. It's not a book I expected from Iain Banks, so don't go looking for sci-fi.

    A recurring theme is unrequited love, and the message seems to be that one can delude oneself for a long time about the qualities of a past love. It is clever in that even while the characters are claiming to not have certain character flaws, they are in fact demonstrating them.

    The narrator is excellent - he has really thought about how to best perform the book. The audio quality is also among the best on audible.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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