The Adjacent

  • by Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by John Banks
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A photographer returns to a near-future Britain after the death of his wife in a terrorist incident in Afghanistan. And finds that the IRGB has, itself, been suffering terrorist attacks. But no-one knows quite what is happening or how. Just that there are similarities between what killed the photographer's wife and what happened in West London. Soon he is drawn into a hall of mirrors at the heart of government. In the First World War a magician is asked to travel to the frontline to help a naval aerial reconnaissance unit hide its planes from the German guns. On the way to France he meets a certain H.G. Wells. In the Second World War on the airfields of Bomber Commands there is also an obsession with camouflage, with misdirection. With deceit. And in a garden, an old man raises a conch shell to his ear and initiates the first Adjacency.
Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel The Prestige is unique in winning both a major literary prize (The James Tait Black Award and a major genre prize The World Fantasy Award); The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.


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very good story.

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I love stories set in two time periods but this outshines them being set in the first and second world wars as well as the war which is set in the future.
I found it easy to follow as there are eight parts to the story, the main character tebor being the focus on every other part. it all comes together at the end as all good stories should.
john banks did a good job performing the book.


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- Mrs. K. I. Richards

Takes you away

Would you consider the audio edition of The Adjacent to be better than the print version?

I am a big reader and audio book fan and I can confidently say this well constructed novel is the best I have come across in 30 years of Airport bookshops.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adjacent?

construction of theatre it is contained in

What about John Banks’s performance did you like?

easy confident reader

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Stop the waste of our worlds resources

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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios