©2007 Iain Banks; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"The most imaginative British novelist of his generation." (The Times)
A great story line with enjoyable reading. This kept me listening non-stop ... then I started it over to listen a second time. Great character development.
But why aren't there more Iain Banks books recorded on Audible.com???
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.
very british, very funny and intelligent. beautiful reallife charcters and a swinging end
- pleasure to listen to, especially the scottish parts.
I've listened to a number of Bank's books read by Peter Kenny and all have been excellent. This book has an engaging plot and characters that seem genuine.
They were all excellent.
Kenny has a very clear speaking voice that is well modulated.
Some scenes in the book were very amusing, particularly Alban's awkward teenage experiences with his cousin.
More Banks / Kenny combinations please.
I HAVE READ ALL OF BANKS FICTION AND WISH MORE WAS AVAILABLE ON AUDIO ESP. AUDIBLE.
THIS WAS ENTERTAINING, BUT IT READ A LITTLE BETTER THAN WHEN I LISTENED TO IT. CHECK IT OUT.
Alban -- a sweet but broken, a wonderfully flawed and human character -- is in a war of attrition with his grandmother, the mater familias of large, wealthy family/business. At the age of 35, he is forced to come to terms with his life and his family. A great story, full of pitch perfect detail and dialog -- some passages are surprisingly, laugh-out-loud funny. Kenny does a great job with different UK accents, subtly positioning each character in terms of age, class and personality (his American and mid-Atlantic accents are kind of grating).
Near the top. It's a good story. The actor reading it does a very good job. It's an enjoyable listen.
Tough question to answer.
I think I have, but I'm not sure. He's very good.
I listened to the story about a month ago. The lead character is the most memorable, but it's told from his pont of view, so that's no shock.
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