Stonemouth by Iain Banks audiobook

Stonemouth: A Novel

By Iain Banks
Read by Peter Kenny

Blackstone Publishing
11.07 Hours Unabridged
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Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years, in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five-mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than sea fog, gangsters, cheap drugs, and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there is supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town’s biggest crime family, it’s soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long a quick drop into the cold grey Stoun begins to look like the soft option, and as he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stu uncovers ever darker stories and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated. Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood, and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other.

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Summary

Summary

Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years, in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five-mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than sea fog, gangsters, cheap drugs, and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides.

And although there is supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town’s biggest crime family, it’s soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long a quick drop into the cold grey Stoun begins to look like the soft option, and as he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stu uncovers ever darker stories and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated.

Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood, and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Contemporary, hilarious, gritty—yes, this is genre fiction, and no, the genre doesn’t get much better than this.” Kirkus Reviews
“Brilliant, irresistible, compelling.” New York Times
“The storytelling is very, very smooth…One of his best.” Evening Standard (London)
“The flower of Scotland’s more than a wee bit wilted from drink and recreational drugs in this violent, funny, coming-of-age explosion from veteran Scottish novelist Banks set in moderately affluent Stonemouth, near Aberdeen…Stunning descriptions of coastal Scotland alternate with the rain-soaked violence…Banks ends by hopefully assuring us that even a land sapped by corrupt compromise and the ‘new orthodoxy’ of materialism can bloom again.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Banks has fashioned a dark, deep, and subtle study of a young man trying to come to grips with himself.” Shelf-Awareness.com
“Establishes beyond doubt that Banks is a novelist of remarkable talents.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“Spare and swift and barrels toward a satisfyingly thrilling conclusion. Distills Banks’ manifold talents into an entertaining confection.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Macabre and quite impossible to put down.” Financial Times
“This is Banks at his waspish, intelligent, nuanced best. His fans will give thanks.”  Scotland on Sunday
“There is more than a shade of Pip and Estella in Stewart and Ellie, and to create an emotionally satisfying while intellectually convincing ending is a rare achievement.” Guardian (London)
“Jocular, gritty, and smart-alecky, Stonemouth is very Iain Banks.” Sunday Independent (Ireland)
“Addictive, funny, and brilliantly observed.” Daily Mail (London)
“Begins with all the elements of a good noir: a protagonist in over his head, a moody setting, and an atmosphere of danger…[and] ends up more as a love story and a meditation on returning to one’s childhood home.” Library Journal
“It’s tender, and funny, and heart-stoppingly exciting.” Times (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Iain Banks

Author Bio: Iain Banks

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English