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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Hard to follow. Hard to connect.

A series of somewhat connected tales- although as a listener it was hard to gather the threads together- and some of them just seemed to go nowhere. The writer uses a variety of literary tricks and techniques in an attempt to make the story more dynamic- but they seem to fall flat. It wasn't awful, it was just a bit flat.

A couple of hours from the end is the following passage:

"Even though most of the turns were noisy and filled with singing or acts of physical exertion, and made attempts to provide a spectacle, I felt uninvolved and started to drift mentally; thinking about how much I wanted to depart from this island and return to my own life"

When he wrote that he showed his first real insight into how I was feeling.

I wish him all success in his future writing, but "The Adjacent", I'm afraid, wasn't for me.
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- F Gibb "I used to be sorta blind. But now I can sorta see. (Bill Callahan)"

very good story.

Any additional comments?

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 "audioworm"

Book Details

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