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Complicity

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Complicity n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act.

A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy of tomorrow's front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source - could be big, could be very big - in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago - only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he'd care to admit.…

©1993 Iain Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable novel...superbly crafted, funny, and intelligent." ( Financial Times)
"A stylishly executed and well-produced study of fear, loathing, and victimisation which moves towards doom in measured steps." ( Observer)
"Ingenious, daring, and brilliant." ( Guardian)

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  • Cape town, South Africa
  • 04-15-13

Slow DOWN!

What did you like best about Complicity? What did you like least?

I'm only halfway though it but the plot is good and I like Iain Banks' novels.

Would you recommend Complicity to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if you can cope with someone who's reading as if they're racing to the finish line.

What didn’t you like about Peter Kenny’s performance?

He reads too fast and in a rather jaunty tone of voice that doesn't really suit the story. I thought my music player was on double speed.

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  • Alison
  • 06-07-13

Why do I like this so much? ....

I'm not a Scottish young male journo with a drug habit; this book is grim, brutal, uncompromising and convoluted ...so why do I like this so much?

I like it because Iain B. makes you think. He challenges your preconceptions, delights in startling you and gives you a mental workout. I like it because he invents strong, believable characters and puts them in hideous situations with storylines that are unpredictable and challenging. I like it because his dark and difficult books are clever, engaging and enjoyable to read. They put footprints all over your brain.

Iain Banks is simply brilliant, with and without the M. His books steal a bit of headspace and never really leave you.

Peter Kenny deserves a mention too. He is a great narrator and really brings the characters and stories to life with a subtlety that others lack. I love his work.

I thoroughly recommend all of the Banks audio books, perhaps with the exception of Feersum Endjinn. Get that in print as half the fun is in the spelling.

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  • Mark
  • 04-13-13

Golden Banks

I never read this one the first time around and it was good to catch up on this. I love the constant references to his Tosh and fascination with the new technology of the period. A Toshiba lap top with a colour screen - magic! OK - so not one of his best, but I kind of read or listen to Iain Banks because I love his Iain M Banks so much.

Heard he was on his last legs in the papers last week. This is devastating! He is just one of the good guys, we need him! Also saw critics in the papers claim his Fiction is better than his SF - what?!

Please, Please, Please - someone call the Culture and get him into a med box and fix him - now, this is an order! 13/4/13



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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-14

Banks at his non Sci-Fi best

This is excellent, gritty and compelling Banks. And Peter Kenny is excellent also. In tone it puts me in mind of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but this clearly pre-dates....and is of course set in Scotland.

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  • Mark Lancaster
  • 06-14-16

Gripping, grizzly murder mystery with amoral twist

Really enjoyed this book. I have even more respect for Iain Banks' story telling prowess and sorrow that we've lost him to the big C already. Kept me listening at certain points longer than I intended because of the "what the fek is going to happen next" hooks in the storyline.

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  • sophie
  • 03-02-19

OK

My first Banks novel was The Wasp Factory and i have been hunting for another Banks novel to rival it. This one failed, as did many before it. its an OK novel. plot is a little thin and dragging with a predictable and underwhelming outcome. I have no problem with graphic content but definitely feel this was only graphic in places to pump up the weak plot. Sorry Mr Banks but you've set the bar high for me now! Highly recommend The Wasp Factory however.

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  • ReadingFan
  • 01-14-19

Engaging

On the recommendation of a friend I picked up another Ian Banks novel and gave it a go. I wasn't disappointed. While it doesn't have the same laugh out loud moments as the wasp factory it's nonetheless really engaging. The story centers around the relationship between two friends and the impact a violent event has on both their lives and on their confused relationship. I liked it. I am sure if you like the wasp factory you will to

Happy reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-18

Gripping

A wonderfully descriptive story from one of our foremost writing talents. You will enter the world of agony and confusion with curiosity and disgust. Good to the last drop!

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  • Kenny
  • 03-03-18

Shame about narrator

Love the book, love the story, one of my favourite of Iain Banks books. Unfortunately I find the narrator impossible to listen to, really irritating fake accent and completely unfitting to the characters in the story. Hope its not the same fit other Banks audible books, this is the first one I've listened to.

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  • Chris Tarplee
  • 07-28-17

Iain Banks was incredible.

His capacity to surprise, entertain and terrify were a force to be reckoned with. He was and will always be my hero.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-17

Great story shame about the narrator

I was really looking forward to rediscovering Iain Banks having read his books as a teenager. Unfortunately I couldn't get beyond chapter 3 of Complicity as the narrator is very annoying. He narrates in a very short, flat and fast style. I did try again but within 5 minutes I had to turn it off. I will not be returning to the title. The narrator spoilt it. It's a shame as I really looking forward to listening to it.