The Steep Approach to Garbadale

  • by Iain Banks
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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What the Critics Say

"The most imaginative British novelist of his generation." (The Times)

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Entirely enjoyable. More AudioBooks by Iain Banks?

A great story line with enjoyable reading. This kept me listening non-stop ... then I started it over to listen a second time. Great character development.
But why aren't there more Iain Banks books recorded on Audible.com???
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- Dan

Well performed

The book is entertaining, if a little self-indulgent in parts. It provides a funny insight into families born into money and the family firm. It's not a book I expected from Iain Banks, so don't go looking for sci-fi.

A recurring theme is unrequited love, and the message seems to be that one can delude oneself for a long time about the qualities of a past love. It is clever in that even while the characters are claiming to not have certain character flaws, they are in fact demonstrating them.

The narrator is excellent - he has really thought about how to best perform the book. The audio quality is also among the best on audible.
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- Andrew Calvin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK