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  • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, 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.

    Ethan M. says: "Culture meets Hitchhiker's Guide & Da Vinca Code"
    "Good reading story (probably), hard to listen to."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hydrogen Sonata to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hydrogen Sonata?

    No particular moment stands out, but the antagonistic undecagon string was a memborable object.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard Peter Kenny before.


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