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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 Kenny Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 1/31/2014

    " A solic Iain Banks novel. Compelling, with an intriquing plot - will he mess up his current relationship when he meets his first love, who obviously doesn't care about him any more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur Wyatt | 1/30/2014

    " Nice to read The Crow Road again, only shuffled about a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Armer-petrie | 1/29/2014

    " Well Crow Road it ain't. But it's still pretty readable and on balance fairly involving. Certainly not his best, but not Canal Dreams either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Huw Evans | 1/26/2014

    " The black sheep of a family toymaking firm is called back to the matriarch's house to discuss a potential buy out by an American conglomerate. All the member of the family will be their especially his cousine (sic) with whom he had a relationship that caused a rift in all his relationhips. He is also seeking an explanation of his mother's apparent suicide. The plot line jerks from the present to the past in uneasy leaps and the seemingly innocuous relationship with his cousine darkens as does the obfuscation over his mother's death. All the family seem to want is his signature on the sell out documents and their previous behaviour to him is of no relevence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelly | 1/25/2014

    " This is by Iain Banks, sans the M. My favourite kind of Iain Banks. I hadn't read any of his work for a while - a part from The Crow Road, which I was re-reading. This has some similarities, in that it's a story of a Scottish family, set over a number of years. Banks brilliantly goes back and forth in time to let you in on their secrets, lies, loves and lusts. And as always, peppered with his wonderful sense of humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 1/20/2014

    " The plot twist really threw me, and I'm usually good about these things. For that, I give him massive applause. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivy Pavlova | 12/18/2013

    " enjoyed it, but it's thematically reminiscent of 'the crow road', and not quite as strong a story, i think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/11/2013

    " Good book. Banks's dynamic range as a writer continues to astound me. I like this book, but there isn't anything about the story that will stick with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/3/2013

    " As might be expected this is a very well written book, however not much happens and despite the twist in the tail, I found it somehow unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Simpson | 8/8/2013

    " Lots of characters and the plot cuts to different scenes but an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christiana Demetriou | 8/5/2013

    " Everyday life is not so ordinary. Read this in less than a week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annemiek | 11/1/2012

    " Easy and enjoyable read but I was expecting more from Iain Banks. There was plenty of material to make the plot and ending deeper and richer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 7/12/2012

    " I was a big fan of Complicity and The Crow Road, but haven't read anything by him in years. He loves writing about families' dirty secrets, and is a great character writer. I'm back on board. I may need to re-read those earlier two and add some more to the stack! Any recommendations? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 4/15/2012

    " alright, a bit boring, not much happened really. Not one of his better books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darusha | 4/26/2011

    " I like reading Banks' mainstream novels, as they always remind me why I should write more mainstream fiction. This was an enjoyable glimpse into a family, though the big reveal at the end kind of made me roll my eyes. But the writing was silky as always, which is a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/26/2011

    " The only other Iain Banks I've read to date was 'The Wasp', which I quite enjoyed despite (or because of?) its very very disturbing nature. This followed suit - explorations of a dysfunctional extended family with a crazy twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariella | 3/16/2011

    " So far I'm liking it... :)

    It was a good book. not fabulous, but good enough to read. three stars says it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nebuchanezer | 1/15/2011

    " I heartily enjoyed this book, is the first Iain Banks I've read and it certainly won't be the last "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/14/2011

    " Almost as good as The Crow Road and the kicker at the end left me utterly gobsmacked - never saw that coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/5/2011

    " my 2nd Iain Banks - I did enjoy this one thought I have to say not as much as Crow Road. I did like how he went back and forth in time to explain the family history and dynamics, it gave a lot of depth to the various characters. the twist at the end was definitely a surprise. well worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 11/13/2010

    " While not as good as 'The Crow Road,' it's better than awful 'A Song of Stone,' with which it shares certain themes; to say more would be a major spoiler alert. Yes, the anti-American rant was clearly authorial voice breaking throgh as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 8/13/2010

    " The M in Mr. Banks is misplaced here. There was no sci fi.

    That's alright, it was a pleasant read as (spoiler) stories of incest go.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Somergames | 5/17/2010

    " Banks-by-numbers. Clumsy and embarrassing. I felt like I'd wasted an afternoon afterwards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 3/18/2010

    " An interesting character sketch but a bit rambling in terms of plot. I'm much more impressed with Iain Banks' science fiction than his literary fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimi | 3/6/2010

    " This was fun to read, and well written but not a really great book. "

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About the Author
Author Iain Banks

Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most innovative and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. The asteroid (5099) Iainbanks was named after him in 2013.

About the Narrator

Peter Kenny, twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. In recent years he has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.