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  • 1
    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1 | Iain M. Banks

    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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....

    A Truly Great Sci-Fi Novel

    Consider Phlebas (CP) is without doubt a conceptually stunning piece. The breadth and depth of the concepts and constructs is breath-taking. There are..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 April 2012 by scotty (cannock, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2 | Iain M. Banks

    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

    Civilisation and the Culture

    This is a stunning book, that I had not read, since it first came out when I was a kid. But it was good enough to stick with me over the many interven..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 December 2010 by Mark (Amersham, Bucks, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3 | Iain M. Banks

    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people.

    Another great book from Iain M Banks.

    I'd already read this as a physical book, but I'd forgotten the title - I decided that I should just listen again anyway and I was really glad I did. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 April 2012 by Thomas (Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    The State of the Art: Culture Series, Book 4 | Iain M. Banks

    The State of the Art: Culture Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.

    My 2nd Audible Experience!

    I recently began work at an organization that let you listen to your mobile...so I downloaded my 2nd book...'State of the Art' by Iain M Banks. Just l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 November 2015 by Mr ()
  • 5
    Excession: Culture Series, Book 5 | Iain M. Banks

    Excession: Culture Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

    Superb story, better narration

    This book is classic sci-fi covering all scales. There are human stories, various races, Culture Ship Minds and even, from certain viewpoints, the mic..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 March 2013 by Marc (CAERPHILLY, United Kingdom)
  • 6
    Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6 | Iain M. Banks

    Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional. Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight.

    Not exactly SciFi, a view from outside The Culture

    Although not a Culture book as such, being set in a medieval world of wars and scheming factions, it follows the lives of two people: The Doctor, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 May 2014 by Tim (Barnet, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7 | Iain M. Banks

    Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq. The light from the second may not.

    Best Culture Book - amazing

    I have listened to every culture book so far and they are all outstanding but this is the best one. Banks is a formidable writer. A very moving and p..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 November 2015 by I Asimov (UK)
  • 8
    Matter: Culture Series, Book 8 | Iain M. Banks

    Matter: Culture Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In a world renowned, even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime occurs within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight and a search for the one, maybe two, people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was.

    Popular Culture

    Such is the draw to a Culture novel that I was compelled to purchase as soon as the title became available.

    As has been the way with rec..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 February 2008 by Tim ()
  • 9
    Surface Detail: Culture Series, Book 9 | Iain M. Banks

    Surface Detail: Culture Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

    The finest Culture novel yet!

    Over many years I've keenly tracks Banks' development in his wild and wonderful Culture universe. I couldn't put this one down - a work of sheer SciF..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 November 2010 by J Hurwitz (London United Kingdom)
  • 10
    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10 | Iain M. Banks

    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....

    Sublime

    In The Hydrogen Sonata Iain M. Banks - as an outspoken atheist - has finally gotten around to using his Culture universe to explore faith and religion..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 October 2012 by M (Wakefield, United Kingdom)