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A couple of ice cubes first, then the apple that really started it all. A loft apartment in London's East End; cool but doomed - demolition and redevelopment slated fro the following week. Ken Nott, devoutly contrarian leftish shock-jock attending a mid-week wedding lunch, starts dropping stuff off the rood towards the deserted car park 100 feet below.

Other guests join in and soon half the contents of the flat are following the fruit towards the pitted tarmac... just as mobiles start to ring, and the apartment's remaining TV is turned on, because apparently a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center....

©2002 Iain Banks (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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"Hugely entertaining" ( Daily Telegraph)
"A thrilling read, it's a dazzlingly clever, edgy, suspenseful book" ( Scotland on Sunday)

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Some of Iain Banks best writing

Expletive littered and raw, this book captures one of Iain's best anti heros. A man so very likeable but with so many flaws, it's hard to turn away from the exciting conclusion. You be left wondering if he deserves it or now. A cracking read.

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Good book

I'm a big fan of Iain Banks and this was good but not up to his usual amazing standard. Well read by the narrator

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Another great Banks

A great book definitely recommend to any Banks fan. Or a good book for anyone. Good mix and humour too.

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An articulate rant

Here, as always, Mr. Banks writes so eloquently: in this case he also rants eloquently, albeit with a very generous sprinkling of 'language'. In the guise of a radio pundit he airs his forthright views on a variety of topics, arguing that rationality is the only sensible alternative to faith, bigotry, et al.
Expect some excitement towards the end and, if you're anything like me, you'll be torn between the anticipation of either slapstick comedy or downright horror.

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Classic

Classic Banks storytelling. Brilliant narration by Peter Kenny what more could you want!Give it a go.

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Great work from Peter Kenny

Kenny did an excellent job with the wide array of regional accents and managed not to butcher the dialects of Scottish

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Not Bank's best, but still great.

As usual with Iain Banks's books, you spend a lot of this story wondering what it's actually about. I suppose, in essence, it's a love story. But it's the things that happen along the way that make the book.

Banks doesn't fall into the trap of having to make every event in the book tie in to a plot. Some do, some don't, but it's interesting, funny and thought provoking.

There were parts if the book that were genuinely anxiety inducing for me. A testament to Bank's writing and Peter Kenny's narration, but not my favourite feeling!

As usual, Kenny's narration and characterisation is excellent.

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couldn't listen to it because of the accent

couldn't make out what was being said because of the narrators strong accent, and had to give up just a few page in.