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Jason

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  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    (327)
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    (331)

    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. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Not as much about The Culture"
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    I think this book of all the culture novels both has the least to do with the Culture and centers the most on a single protagonist. It's just great science fiction. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars though because I don't know if it deserves a full 5. It did keep me interested throughout and Peter Kenny is one of my favorite narrators, but the lead character was just a little hard to relate to. I guess it might say more about me than the books that I can relate more to the ship Killing Time from Excession than to a human character here :)

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