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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 Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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