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J. Elder

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  • Transition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    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..."
    "Fun catch-me-if-you-can multiple worlds novel"
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    Would you try another book from Iain M. Banks and/or Peter Kenny?

    This is not a Culture novel. I mistakenly thought it was. I love Banks and I love Peter Kenny's narration.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't read a multiple worlds novel that really satisfied me. It all seems a bit too easy. In this novel, you have a secretive high-control organization that acts as the gateway to the multiple earths. In the end, the motivation of the organization and it's tyrannical leader remain a bit unclear in an unsatisfying way.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Peter Kenny's great.


    Do you think Transition needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Alas, Iain Banks has passed away. Yes, this novel begs for a follow-up, but I don't see it happening.


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