A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing....
Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager. When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold.
But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon... Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective.
©1995 Iain Banks (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"I couldn't get into the main character"
I found Helen McAlphine's narration of the story really worked and brought the main character to life.
Unfortunately this is one of a small number of Ian Bank's novels that left me cold and struggling to stick with it. I could not find any real engagement with the characters or the storyline and nearly gave up several times.
The story is full of twists and intrigues and very well performed, but it is the quality of the writing that gets the fifth star.
"Typically quirky for Iain Banks"
Probably not. The setting was barely believable and the transformation of the main character unbelievable.
Did not have the end at the beginning so started out better, but if it had I would not have gone on.
Female voices were great. The male voices far from it.
"I really enjoyed this"
I have e not read the print version but really enjoyed the narration in the audio version.
I enjoyed Whits journey and development, I thought she was an interesting character and was sad when the book came to an end.
Helen has a very nice voice with a lovely tone and accent. Will definitely look for more books narrated by Helen.
"Gripping and thought provoking"
A perfect combination of a fantastic story and insightful, non-judgemental exploration of religious society. Excellent even by Banks' high standards.
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