Stonemouth: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, 9 October 2012
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- Publisher : AudioGO; Unabridged edition (9 October 2012)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1620641208
- ISBN-13 : 978-1620641200
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 3.18 x 15.24 cm
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About the Author
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.
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.
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Back to attend a funeral of a grandfather of a local gangsters family.
Why was he run out of town, that you will have to read to find out.
The story has some great characters with a bit of witty Scottish banter thrown in for a bit of fun.
This book was selected for me by a Scotsman the only one in our book club, and I'm sure it is going to be well recieved in our next meeting
That's because they changed it around a little to simplify the book and make it more dramatic. The book itself is all first-person narrative and (mostly) present tense, which gives it great immediacy and almost unbearable tension,but means that we only know what Stewart knows - which isn't everything.
The story is all small-town tensions and claustrophobic intensity of a group of childhood friends and lovers, and the resumed bullying of the hero on his return from the big city to put right a major mistake in his life. A great read and recommended for Iain Banks fans.
Set in the fictional northern Scottish town of Stonemouth, the book begins with Stewart - the narrator - standing on a bridge, looking over the side, before he is taken in by a regular patrol whose job is to stop suicides. Once back in safety he makes his way into the town and it becomes clear that he has done something in the past that led to his leaving the town rather quickly, and he begins to seek forgiveness. The town has two dominant families so there are rivalries, and Stewart is caught up between the two, having to approach the heads of each in order to explain and seek approval for his appearance, and slowly but surely the reasons for Stewart's exile are revealed.
As entertaining as the book was (I couldn't put it down and read it in a day on holiday) I did have an almost constant feeling of deja vu while reading it as there were so many elements in the story that had appeared in several of Banks's other novels. Thoroughly enjoyable, but a little Banks-by-numbers in some respects, almost a sibling to both "Garbadale" and "The Crow Road" in particular, yet not quite as good as either.