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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
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    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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  • Nexus: Nexus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramez Naam
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

    Amy says: "The Post-human Future is Now"
    "Top notch performance of a quality novel"
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    If you could sum up Nexus in three words, what would they be?

    Violent Psychedelic Revolution


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lane's revelation at the monastery.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the message of this novel, and the vision presented of how this type of technology will interact with the different forces at play in the world, to drive humanity forward, ready or not. It was a very interesting read for me; although I do not know Ramez Naam personally, I am one degree separated from him and many of my views on the topics explored in his writing were formed during the same period of time with an overlapping group of friends.

    Ultimately, this novel is far more violent than I prefer, but I do not feel the violence is gratuitous given the story being told and the forces at play. For those sensitive to such things, prolonged periods of graphic violence is something to be endured.

    Revolutions don't usually have happy endings for those at their center, nor are the implications for the future ever clear in the aftermath. Thus book 1 comes to a close and I find myself full of hope for book 2.

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