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    • Consider Phlebas

    • Culture Series, Book 1
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,341

    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

    • 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 1,455
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

    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

    • 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 865
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 718
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 722

    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 Hydrogen Sonata

    • Culture, Book 10
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 792
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 607

    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

    • 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 905
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 579
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 584

    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

    • The Wasp Factory

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 511
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 402

    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

    • 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 1,071
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 953

    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

    • 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 549
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 505
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508

    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

    • 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 329
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 308

    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

    • 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 463
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 428

    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 Algebraist

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
    • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    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

    • Matter

    • Culture Series, Book 8
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
    • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 861
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504

    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

    • Complicity

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 185

    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

    • 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 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 225

    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

    • The Crow Road

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    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 Bridge

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    A man lies in a coma after a near-fatal accident. His body broken, his memory vanished, he finds himself in the surreal world of the bridge - a world free of the usual constraints of time and space, a world where dream and fantasy, past and future, fuse. Who is this man? Where is he? Is he more dead than alive? Or has he never been so alive before?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but thin on plot

    • By Stuart on 04-09-15

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Feersum Endjinn

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 184

    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 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    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

    • The Algebraist

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maths can be fun

    • By Patrick on 05-03-06

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Dead Air

    • By: Iain Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    A couple of ice cubes first, then the apple that really started it all. A loft apartment in London's East End; cool but doomed - demolition and redevelopment slated fro the following week. Ken Nott, devoutly contrarian leftish shock-jock attending a mid-week wedding lunch, starts dropping stuff off the rood towards the deserted car park 100 feet below. Other guests join in and soon half the contents of the flat are following the fruit towards the pitted tarmac... just as mobiles start to ring, and the apartment's remaining TV is turned on, because apparently a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Some of Iain Banks best writing

    • By "hodsonc" on 08-05-16

    Regular price: £17.99

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