Stonemouth (audiobook)

A Novel

Read by Peter Kenny
11.1 hrs • 9 CDs• 0 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/01/12
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
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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.

Review Quotes

“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)

“Jocular, gritty, and smart-alecky, Stonemouth is very Iain Banks.”

Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“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)

“This is Banks at his waspish, intelligent, nuanced best. His fans will give thanks.”

 Scotland on Sunday

“The storytelling is very, very smooth…One of his best.”

Evening Standard (London)

“Banks has fashioned a dark, deep, and subtle study of a young man trying to come to grips with himself.”

“Macabre and quite impossible to put down.”

Financial Times

“Spare and swift and barrels toward a satisfyingly thrilling conclusion. Distills Banks’ manifold talents into an entertaining confection.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Establishes beyond doubt that Banks is a novelist of remarkable talents.”

Daily Telegraph (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)

“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