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    • Consider Phlebas

    • Culture Series, Book 1
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,488

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Truly Great Sci-Fi Novel

    • By scotty on 09-04-12

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Use of Weapons

    • Culture Series, Book 3
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 955
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 800
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 804

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great book from Iain M Banks.

    • By Thomas on 16-04-12

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Player of Games

    • Culture Series, Book 2
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Civilisation and the Culture

    • By Mark on 08-12-10

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Excession

    • Culture Series, Book 5
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb story, better narration

    • By Marc on 22-03-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Surface Detail

    • Culture Series, Book 9
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 969
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 639
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 645

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The finest Culture novel yet!

    • By J Hurwitz on 04-11-10

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Look to Windward

    • Culture Series, Book 7
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 600
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 551
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 554

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic book, expertly delivered by Peter Kenny.

    • By Marc on 22-05-14

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Inversions

    • Culture Series, Book 6
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 464

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not exactly SciFi, a view from outside The Culture

    • By Tim on 12-05-14

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Wasp Factory

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 575
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 459

    The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath - one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • PERFECT

    • By GOGS on 14-10-08

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Crow Road

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God, and illegal substances.…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly enjoyable

    • By Rachel on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • Culture, Book 10
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 852
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 663
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sublime

    • By M on 27-10-12

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Matter

    • Culture Series, Book 8
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
    • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 922
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 567
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 564

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Popular Culture

    • By Tim on 13-02-08

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The State of the Art

    • Culture Series, Book 4
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 328

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My 2nd Audible Experience!

    • By Mr on 03-11-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Algebraist

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
    • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    For short-lived races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets - the rest is debris. Fassin Taak is a Slow Seer privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron. 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hooray and oh dear.

    • By Toadjuggler on 03-02-18

    Regular price: £31.29

    • Against a Dark Background

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 251

    Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • It's probably just me but...

    • By Paul on 25-10-12

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Feersum Endjinn

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 201

    Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time.... Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones.... And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt.... And everything is about to change.... For this is the time of the encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brought the novel to life for me

    • By Mark Brandon on 22-01-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Transition

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    A world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organisation with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audio book of the year

    • By Mike on 10-11-09

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Complicity

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy of tomorrow's front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source - could be big, could be very big - in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago - only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he'd care to admit.…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why do I like this so much? ....

    • By Alison on 07-06-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Whit

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Helen McAlpine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager. When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great power woman tale

    • By Amazon Customer on 28-04-18

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Espedair Street

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Daniel Weir used to be a famous - not to say infamous - rock star. Maybe still is. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull success. He's made a lot of mistakes that have paid off and a lot of smart moves he'll regret forever (however long that turns out to be). Daniel Weir has gone from rags to riches and back, and managed to hold onto them both, though not much else. His friends all seem to be dead, fed up with him or just disgusted - and who can blame them? And now Daniel Weir is all alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking

    • By Zara on 14-05-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Quarry

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration of Iain's last book

    • By Bammosan on 15-07-13

    Regular price: £16.99

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