Quite a good story made even better by Peter Kenny's always excellent narration.
Not quite as goosebump-generating as some of the earlier books, specifically Player of Games and especially Use of Weapons, but I appreciated the more positive ending than some of the other, slightly depressing "everyone dies in the end" books from earlier in the series.
I like the fact that the Culture was presented here with flaws, and potentially beatable, rather than as all-powerful.
Listening to all the silly names of the ships.
His discussion on the morality and futility of advanced simulations was extremely interesting as I work in the field of Computer Science. Very profound.
The Mistake Not
I laughed out loud several times and even spit out my drink once.
Sad he's gone.
Not my favorite Banks, but Peter Kenney's performance elevates the work. Plus, it lasts almost exactly as long as it takes to drive from Nashville to Boulder!
Required reading for all Culture buffs but overall an unexciting story.
Probably the best Culture book at giving great incites into how Minds work. Shows how supreme intelligence and curiosity can lead to unnecessary meddling with negligible outcomes.
Main characters uninspiring, story never really takes off despite its potential. Narration very good.
Typically expansive in its description of the worlds and races that make up Culture space and beyond.
Definitely worth the read but don't expect it to be an exciting ' page turner'.
Terrific culture novel that goes into lots of detail about ships and the sublime. Great listen right after surface detail.
Peter Kenny's performance is incredible as always.
I listen to these while running and only wish there were more culture novels w/ Peter Kenny narrating now that I have finished all of them.
Not the best Culture book, but Peter Kenney continues to deliver. If you are a fan of the Culture series, you will enjoy this book, but it's not the best of the series. The audio performance is as good as ever by Peter Lenney.
classic space opera
The space opera, the epic scale, the politics.
Probably one of the spaceship AIs
Epic Space Opera
Not Banks best work, but definitely entertaining. The narrator does a good job with different voices so it's easier to distinguish the characters.
Having not read the print version, I can't say, but there were some characteristics of the book that made listening to it more demanding. I think the narrator was quite good and I'm impressed by how smoothly he delivered it all. The long ship names were a distraction which I felt detracted from my ability to pay attention to the story. (Was that a ship name or was that part of a sentence that I just breezed past without paying attention?)I'm not a good listener anyway. Being a visual person, I prefer to read text, but I spend so much time in the car that it's the only way to do it. I suspect a second listen will fill in any gaps.
No particular moment stands out, but the antagonistic undecagon string was a memborable object.
I have not heard Peter Kenny before.
Peter Kenny is a great reader for Banks's books, but using the same reader for all the Culture audiobooks really emphasizes how many of the characters in Hydrogen Sonata were borrowed from previous books. The Mistake Not ... seems like a saner (and therefore not as entertaining) version of the Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints. Septame Banstergain is very similar to Veppers. Cossant, like Yay, is just not that compelling of a character, even with her high-tech body manipulation, but unfortunately, unlike Player of Games, she's a major character in this book. The book also just seems kind of light -- it touches on government coverups and conspiracies, but has none of the psychological weight of Player of Games, Use of Weapons or even the Hells in Surface Detail.
Having said all that, it was still fun to listen to, and had the usual Banks build up to a crazy epic confrontation at the end.