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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Banks Narrator: Peter Kenn Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire, now a wildly successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion, but he also has other things on his mind. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he yet over Sophie, his teenage love, who'll be present at the forthcoming family gathering - part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting - in their highland castle? Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " I love discovering a new (to me) author who is prolific. Now looking forward to The Crow Road and others. I thought the characters were well drawn and I love Banks' wit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abailart | 2/12/2014

    " A bit of a shaggy beast of a novel. Full of good things, the usual dry Banks wit, clear cut (I am being complimentary) characters, fumbling adolescent sex and adolescent lovelorn lollopings, some neat observations on the business world, a few great and memorbale scenes, a highly unusual use of the first person narrator (which is worth considering if you move a bit deeper), a focus on the specific dysfunctionality of one family standing in for all families, and a real page turner, easygoing confection of a book. The plot and themes showed at the seams, and wilted more than once. He seems to have been content with an unsuitable lens that renders everything a bit out of focus, and low budget. He would do better, Banks, to spend longer on reaching less people, and taking more time and care with his stuff, because he has it in him to do better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 2/9/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed The Steep Approach to Garbadale. Iain M Banks is just a brilliant writer - that's all there is to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Simon Gianoutsos | 2/1/2014

    " I found this slice of life story very enjoyable and well written. The background to the story is that a wealthy (extended) family has been approached to sell their company, and provides a view from Alban's perspective of the family leading up to a gathering where it will be decided whether to sell out or not. The story flips back from the past to the present and explains Alban's journey through life, his family encounters, love interests, and his quest to find out about his mother's death and the controversy surrounding his birth. "

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About the Author
Author Iain Banks

Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory in 1984, he began to write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. In honor of his science fiction work, an asteroid was named for him in 2013, and asteroid (5099) Iainbanks now resides in the main asteroid belt of the Sol system.