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Tamsin

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    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    Kurt says: "Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible..."
    "Banks is a master of complex challenging sci-fi"
    Overall


    I'm a huge Iain M Banks fan, and this book has been my favorite listen on audible so far. If only there were more of his books here. Please please please add some from the Culture Universe.

    Banks writes complex, thoughtful and challenging sci-fi.... exploring themes in which morality is curved, good and evil are never quite straightforward and the narration can be interestingly non linear. If you like your protagonists to be sometimes flawed while always interesting, and your antagonists sometimes sympathetic yet always vile. Take a ride with Banks.

    Peter Kenny's narration is superlative. Many readers could easily subtract from the genius of Banks' writing. I found it difficult to imagine anyone adding to it, but Kenny does so, bringing the subtleties of the characters out quite beautifully with his range of voice and accent. Brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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