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.
The story didn't flow for me.
yes it has
the performance was very good
no it wasn't for me
I collect physical books - SciFi/Fantasy & History. I also listen to Audible for over ten years now.
This book, like all your others was fantastic. But that does not matter to me right now. YOU DO. My best to you and your family & friends.
Banks is treading water with this entry in the Culture series, which is mildly amusing but lacks the brilliance and profundity of some of the others. It's formulaic, featuring all the usual Banks archetypes (eccentric Ships, goth heroine, cranky robots, slimy politicians, and of course a gratuitous castle just when you were starting to wonder if he'd forgotten to include one). There's an interesting theme buried somewhere about old age, memory, and what we leave behind us, but it's left unexplored amid the explosions and snarky dialogue, and the mystery that keeps the plot moving forward doesn't really add up to anything in the end. But hey, it's still a Culture novel, and it moves along at a fair old pace, and it has some fun ideas and enjoyable setpieces - just don't expect anything earth-shattering.
Peter Kenny is, as always, a god among audiobook readers.
Make it more original
Taken it from out of up itself
camp, fruity, RSC
No, because there's no more room up there
There is no reason to read this other than to be able to say you've read it
This is my 3rd Iain Banks Culture Novel. The Ships are the only fun thing about the culture series. They made this book bearable. At a few points the story was even a little disgusting. "Player of Games" was good. This one listen to only if your crazy about the ships. Because they are funny. The Story line is not worth all the listening time.