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    For short-lived 'quick' races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria, whose rule is both military and religious. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets - the rest is debris.

    Our human hero, Fassin Taak, is a Slow Seer privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron in his home system Ulubis. His work consists of rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he's come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance....

    ©2004 Iain M. Banks (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd

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    • M. Lambert
    • 16/08/2018

    A masterpiece.

    Extremely imaginative yet very real. Excellent characters who feel real. A distant future on a galactic scale. The tech is fascinating but not fantasy. A fast moving story well told. The narrator is perfect. Neither overly dramatic nor attempting to blow your mind, just extremely well done.

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    • Emainiak
    • 07/07/2019

    Whimsical Fun

    Ian Banks departs from his Human-centric Culture novels to explore a twist in his post-scarcity society theme. The Agebraist explores how humanity might interact woth a civilization so old, with individuals living as ling as billions of years if they can avoid accidents, that scarcity and all conception of the seriousness of trivial life has been lost. The Quick, the general term for species who live lifespan in the order of decades or centuries, or even millenia, seem to buzz about them in so much tumult and chaotic intensity. Banks's Dwellers are humerous, their society a lampoons of civilization's foibles and vanity, and the story manages to be exciting while frequently relying heavily on dialog. Very much worth a listen. With regards to the presentation, it is solid but starts out with an odd "pause for commas" approach that takes some time to adjust to. By the 20% mark either I or the reader had fully adapted to the rhythm and made for an enjoyable British accented presentation.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 24/06/2018

    okay after you get into it

    Abit difficult to get started with. Characters are somewhat wooden. I had expected a little more from Iain Banks

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    • Rob
    • 02/12/2018

    Excellent characters and world building

    Another classic from Banks. Captivating story and interesting characters, especially the enigmatic Dwellers. A bit tough to follow in the beginning due to the amount of characters with weird names. In addition, the narration jumps between characters very abruptly at times, so listeners have to stay on their toes. Reasonably realistic physics despite there being a galaxy-spanning civilization and FTL travel through wormholes. Warning: some description of horrific torture. Thankfully it doesn't last that long. Overall an excellent book.

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    • Kevin
    • 22/01/2019

    Wonderful story.

    It kept me riveted until the end. It has a lot of science fiction ideas that I haven't seen before. Great read and quality narration.

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    • Roberto Ruiz
    • 06/08/2018

    Space Opera//Mcguffin

    This is one of Banks' best works, not as grand in scope as the Culture series but maybe even better for it as it doesn't take itself too seriously. The alien races in this book are phenomenal, Dwellers may be my favorite aliens. Geoff Annis' narration is spot-on, you will not be disappointed.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03/12/2019

    World building does not a story make.

    Excellent world building. Half baked characters with banal and pointless character arcs. As a result the whole affair feels sterile, and leaves one with little emotional investment and instead resigned to a boring trudge through the far reaches of the galaxy, even if that galaxy is well imagined.

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    • jhanken
    • 20/08/2018

    I love Iain M. Banks, so sad to have lost him

    The Algebraist captured in one book what I so loved about the Culture series-Banks' ability to weave both a great story and a grand universe as a backdrop.

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    • Raj
    • 20/11/2017

    Finally! The unabridged version!

    I listened to this 12 years ago on cassette tape from my library and I really enjoyed the story and the narration by Geoffrey Annis is perfect. I wanted to listen to it again but I could never find a version to buy on CD or a digital version to download. Thank you Audible for making the unabridged version available for download. I can't wait to listen to this story again! A master SF work by Iain M. Banks.

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    • William L.
    • 15/08/2020

    Crap

    Despite a fantastic narrator, this book is mindless drivel. Word soup. Yuck. Another author from the gutter using f-bombs. I guess they don't teach vocabulary or creative writing these days.

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