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The Algebraist Audiobook

The Algebraist

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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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    Robert 12/11/2017
    Robert 12/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not The Culture But A Great Listen"

    A little over long but a great listen, have previously listened to the abridged audio book but enjoyed this a lot more. Not quite Banks at his best but still a brilliant!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Brighton, United Kingdom 05/12/2017
    Martin Brighton, United Kingdom 05/12/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Spoiled by awful narration"

    I jumped at the chance to get hold of the unabridged version of this book which had previously only been available in its severely abridged seven-hour version. To be fair, it is probably not one of IMB's best works, butt is still a hugely entertaining story. Unfortunately, the narrator is very poor indeed. He has clearly acquainted himself with the rather arcane names of places and people typical of IMB, but he seems to have failed utterly to plan ahead in his reading, so the intonational contour of what he reads is frequently wrong, and he often fails to get the tone of the dialogue right as well as making occasional errors with the pronunciation of words (he obviously doesn't know the words hegemony or exigencies for example). He then proceeds to ham it up with overdramatic rendering of action sequences. I shall certainly be looking out for his name as one to avoid in future.

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  • Alennx
    03/01/18
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    "One of the best Culture Books ..."

    Banks again plucks at the fibers connecting the deeply personal with the widely galactic. One of my favorite books in the Culture universe.

    The performance quickly becomes invisible, which is the desired effect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raj
    20/11/17
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    "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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    19/12/17
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    I love this book! I wish that there wasn't a lower limit on Amazon reviews

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