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The first Culture novel, now available as an unabridged audio download.

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

Consider Phlebas is a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.

©1987 Iain M. Banks (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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  • Jacobus
  • 24/12/2010

Peter Kenny makes the book worthwhile

I enjoyed Iain M. Banks' book because of an excellent narrator. I am not sure that the story itself is so great... although it falls probably in the genre of tragedy.

This is the first book in Banks' Culture series and is a must to read or listen to should you be interested into being initiated into his universe where man and machine have become equals in the sphere of existence. Set against the background of the Culture (humans and machines) and Iderian war, Horsa, the main character, must find his own way through the maze of loyalties. Horsa chooses against artificial life, just to... well read or listen the book to find out.

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  • Global
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  • Peter
  • 21/11/2010

Routes of The Culture

A good listen. All the technological depth and character development you could want in a sci-fi novel. If you like "Ring World" or "The Mote In God's Eye", you'll probably like this more.
Only four stars out of five because it mainly lacks the humour of his later books. "Matter" (by the same author) was just brilliant!

Though this is Iain M Banks' first sci-fi novel, it is a 2010 audio production.
Once again, Peter Kenny excels as narrator.

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  • Mr
  • 28/11/2011

Classic, intelligent sciFi

Read this years ago: an absolute classic of sciFi. The novel works on many levels - as a story line, as a set of believable characters, and as a created world of its own. The sciFi environment which envelops the characters is convincing and deeply thought through - right down to the subtlety of the relationship between humans and the highly evolved AI computer systems who jointly form the 'Culture'. The novel is told through the character of an enemy of the Culture, again a thoroughly thought through interpretation of how a genetically modified species might interact with other species and cultures. Mostly though, the sciFi world created is convincing enough to allow the reader just to enjoy the battle of wits between the two principal characters.

Some of the scenes in the book are reflective of the extremities of behaviour which might be expected by extrapolating extreme character traits over immense populations, and I must confess I found them a bit strong - but they do contribute to the depth of characterisation and the sense of urgency in the story line.

The performance from Peter Kenny is well paced and compelling - to quote Jerry Pournelle in the golden days of Byte magazine - 'recommended'.

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  • Kevin Newman
  • 29/10/2017

Banks is a master

If you like Banks, you'll like this. If you like cerebral sci fi, you'll love this. If you're looking for more adventurous, action or discovery driven sci fi, this book will seem odd to you. This is more like the kind of sci fi that explores human conceits, morality and achievement. It's the kind of sci fi that explores intellectual ideas that concern society, rather than what is out there in the future for us.

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  • Wayne Davis
  • 20/08/2017

Very good narration / Excellent Story to a point

First two thirds brilliant, then goes off the rails ending too abruptly leaving reader unfulfilled.

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  • Chrisps
  • 01/07/2017

Snorefest

What could Iain M. Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Edit out 50%.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Consider Phlebas?

Edit everywhere.

Any additional comments?

Painful degree of detail. Are all his books like this? "He placed his right foot on the ground, feeling the weight first in the heel, then across the arch, then in the toes." OK, I exaggerate... but you probably know the sort of book I mean. INCESSANT detail that just doesn't matter to the story, and, in fact, dilutes what are good ideas way past the point of boredom. My first book from the famous Banks. Just couldn't do it. Definitely not for me. Won't read another of his books.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26/06/2017

A nice start to something that really grew up

Culture novels in their infancy are still good reads (listening). Not quite the level of some later installments by Mr. Banks but entertaining space-operas for a bit more mature audiences.

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  • Nicholas Tutton
  • 29/04/2017

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I keep coming back to this one. every time I finish it I mourn the loss of Ian Banks.

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  • Niklas
  • 16/01/2017

Fantastic narrative but shallow plot

He has a fantastic way of paining the environment in vivid ways and with surprising detail. The plot however feels shallow in the big picture and leaves you feeling less than satisfied.

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  • Ronan Joseph
  • 13/08/2016

a classic story narrated by a truly great orator

the narrator perfectly put across the varying moods of the story and personified each of the characters. the story itself is of course well-loved, but I was impressed with how well Peter Kenny brought the story to life. this audiobook was much superior in my opinion to reading the paperback

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 08/03/2018

Simply exceptional!

Expressive narrator, inspired story with very few dull moments.
Giving your mind a pause and also fuel to think!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/02/2018

The Epilogue saves the book

The story is weird and the motivations are not always clear, especially reasons for loyalties of secondary characters. The last hour or so saves the book.

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  • The Review Guy
  • 16/02/2018

Unbearable reading by the narrator

Dont get this. It is utterly i. Possible to listen to this terribly awful narrator whos going way too fast and with the infliction of an amateur. This audiobook sucks and is a terrible fate for the great story at heart

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  • Dan
  • 07/12/2017

Just really bad...

I love sci-fi and there are many sci-fi books on audible that I have enjoyed. So when I saw this book in my „recommendations“ I was very excited to listen to it.
My tip to anyone reading this: DON‘T!
The story is so boring I have had to „re-listen“ to chunks of it. The voice-over is just boring and the attempt at giving the characters „individual voices“ is just embarrassing.
Worst book on audible so far for me.

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