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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain M. Banks Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600248900
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There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

Among those operatives are Temudjin Oh, of mysterious Mongolian origins, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice under snow; Adrian Cubbish, a restlessly greedy City trader; and a nameless, faceless state-sponsored torturer known only as the Philosopher, who moves between time zones with sinister ease. Then there are those who question the Concern: the bandit queen Mrs. Mulverhill, roaming the worlds recruiting rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, under sedation and feigning madness in a forgotten hospital ward, in hiding from a dirty past.

There is a world that needs help; but whether it needs the Concern is a different matter.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/12/2014

    " "Transition" is typical of Banks' more recent (and lazier) science fiction- multiple character perspectives, stories within stories, a deus ex machina that gets pulled out towards the end to sort of tie things up without actually resolving very many of the plot points - but it's not his best science fiction by a long shot.The tale revolves around a mysterious organization calling itself The Concern, whose adepts can "transition" or jump from reality to reality in the many-dimensional multiverse, occupying bodies from which they temporarily displace the owner, in order to carry out political, social and plain murderous manipulation of that reality. A particular member of the Concern is trying to take control of the whole apparatus for her own ends and eliminate everyone who would oppose this, but a resistance is in place and has plans for thwarting her.Banks does a workmanlike job of building out his key characters, and in true Banksian form drops enough ambiguous references from several of the various narrators that one is never quite sure until the end whether some of the key characters are in fact the same person, only in different realities or times, but the novel is undercut by Banks' increasing tendency to lecture his readers, through the narrative, on the shortcomings of limited-liability capitalism, authoritarian government in the name of security, and religion in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/10/2014

    " For Iain Banks devotees Transition may never make the top ten, but I found it an interesting speculative fiction think piece. Banks uses elements of quantum physics, multiple universes, consciousness jumping, time travel and human evolution in a multiple character episodic narrative. Makes me think that these ideas will appear again in one of his larger SF novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Ritchie | 2/5/2014

    " Probably should have been released as Iain M. Banks but does straddle both of his writing persona "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Maguire | 1/28/2014

    " I'm a fan of Mr. Banks in both personas. This book had some really interesting ideas but I felt it fell a bit short of his usual sparkle. Like he was so overwhelmed by having thought of such a good premise that he couldn't 100% figure out how best to use it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 1/27/2014

    " I like Iain Banks. He writes well but not too prissily, has interesting ideas, and isn't afraid to follow them to somewhere unusual - which is exactly what this book does. My one complaint is that, like some of his other stuff I've read, it does seem to end a little flatly. Very worth a read, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kriegslok | 1/17/2014

    " As a long standing Banks fan it pains me to say I was actually dissapointed with this work. Much as I feel unworthy to criticise such a obviously talented writer I really felt that this one didn't quite work. I'm used to starting and then re-starting Banks novels just so I make sure I've taken everything in. However, in the case of Transition the idea was interesting but it didn't seem to hold together particularly well and felt more like an interesting idea in progress. While I found part reasonably gripping overall it never seemed to get properly started and then fizzled out. Dead Air by contrast I couldn't read fast enough. Transition has been a work in progess with me for months. Now I've finished it I don't feel that much better for having done so, Hoping that someone will convince me that I'm wrong and pusuade me to read it again sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Price | 1/2/2014

    " A really great concept, but the plot is thin and unfortunately it does not show until the last 50 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Moor | 12/30/2013

    " Wonderful character development and prose, but it's composition and the jumps between the different characters and periods took some getting used to, and weren't as polished as I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arachne8x | 12/12/2013

    " This is the second book I read without knowing anything about except that I liked the author. I loved it. It was a fascinating book. If you like Iain M. Banks, read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Smith | 10/30/2013

    " Excellent read! A bit confusing at first but once you get used to the author's way of "flitting" about (pun intended for those of you who have read the book) it's very intriguing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 8/26/2013

    " The back of this book describes it as a fairy tale for apocalyptic times, and it definitely was. There were a few threads I was disappointed weren't picked up further, but on the other hand, this was a great book and I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikhilesh Sinha | 4/25/2013

    " A good immersive multi-verse yarn, bit anti-climactic in the end, but the ride is worth it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 1/26/2013

    " I quite liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/4/2011

    " Unusual and thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 9/14/2011

    " This is the only non-Culture Sci Fi I've read from Banks. As usual it is up to his high standards. I thought it was a pretty cool combination of secret agents and science fiction. I do feel like Banks played up the sex a bit much but he is want to do that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sschallerxx | 5/21/2011

    " Started a touch slow, but once it got going, I enjoyed it. NOT a culture novel. Takes place on a bunch of parallel earths. "

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

    " Certainly takes a while to get into, but pretty awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 4/30/2011

    " A monstrous imagination. This book ventures far and wide through parallel universes, multidimensional worlds yet wraps it all up in about 5 pages. Perhaps I missed something. (Would be surprised if I didn't!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/12/2011

    " starts off great hen fizzels - adrian was my favorite to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 4/12/2011

    " Fasten your seat belt--you might want to take a Dramamine also--and hang on for a wild ride. This guy can tell a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 4/9/2011

    " Quite Banksian, so of course I liked it. Though the sex scenes were terrible. Fortunately, there aren't many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 4/7/2011

    " A bizarre, but interesting and well written science fiction book (if a bit uneven). Overall, a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikhilesh | 4/3/2011

    " A good immersive multi-verse yarn, bit anti-climactic in the end, but the ride is worth it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlo | 3/20/2011

    " Lovely, clever, interesting, in the beginning slightly confusing novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/3/2011

    " Interesting multiverse story although I thought things were played out a little too fast and loose in the closing few chapters. Great narrative and characters; worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 2/28/2011

    " 1984 on drugs and inter-dimensional. I really enjoyed this. The ode to cocaine passage was particularly inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/27/2011

    " Betty than the dreck he'sbeen serving up the last few years but not much. Airplane reading at bestsellers and another unsatisfying open ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 2/25/2011

    " Yes it's political. Stories written about torture, greed, and self-delusion will tend to be political, especially if they're readable. And this is an intense and densely refined story. "

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About the Narrator

Peter Kenny 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.