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Jason

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  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    Sarah says: "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    "Great for those familiar with The Culture"
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    What did you love best about Surface Detail?

    The culture special circumstances warship "Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints". All that it does, but especially replaying a battle to his human companion while grinning like a school boy.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

    I can't remember the name, but the bird-like hyper-active and hyper-polite aliens helping Veppers was hilarious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The testimony in front of parliament of someone who had experienced one of the hells moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard The Culture novels can be difficult to get into. I started with Excession which really deals with most themes I've found, "backing up", ship minds, drones, avatars, orbitals, special circumstances, displacement, effectors, engines, hyperspace and the grid, the relation to other galactic societies, etc. For someone new to The Culture I might recommend checking out the wikipidia page to see the technologies involved so they don't stumble on certain concepts while reading or listening.

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