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Consider Phlebas Audiobook
Consider Phlebas
Written by: 
Iain M. Banks
Narrated by: 
Peter Kenny
Consider Phlebas Audiobook

Consider Phlebas

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Publisher's Summary

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

©1987 Iain M. Banks (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Dazzlingly original." (Daily Mail)

"Gripping, touching and funny." (TLS)

What Members Say

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    Marcos 11-13-15
    Marcos 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Started great. Ended sad. Not a fan of tragedy."

    The first half was great. It left lots to the imagination. The author tries to address to much at different times, and the story gets very confusing by the end. The book practically ends 2 chapters before the end. The last chapters were like the author was sobering up and tying up loose ends.

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    libby 10-28-15
    libby 10-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible"

    that was terrible and painful to finish. I didn't care about the main character and the side characters were okay and the mind ship was mentioned barely and that was the thing I was most interested in. I would never recommend this book.

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    Kirk E. Wilson Dallas, Tx (Oak Cliff) 09-08-15
    Kirk E. Wilson Dallas, Tx (Oak Cliff) 09-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Audio Addict Capt Kirk

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    "Stunning finish...."

    A real review on the author is out of my league but this was fantastic. And the narrator made me laugh out loud. His reading of a 'stunned and addled drone' was masterful.

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    David H. Baron 08-28-15
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    "Terrific Space Opera"

    Enjoyed it a lot. I hadn't heard of this series before but Banks is clever, creative, and compelling in his writing. Also it was interesting to see much earlier versions of current video game and sci fi tropes (ring worlds, irritable drones, genetically altered humans, life and death stakes games) that were written in the 1980's. Not that Iain Banks is the first to describe all of this; much of it has been seen in some form before, but he does a wonderful and inventive job of creating his own version of the universe.

    It's been said that there are no new stories, but the art is in how classic tales are re-crafted by a particular artist. Banks is a master.

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    Vanst 08-12-15
    Vanst 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "NOT like Alastair Reynolds"
    What disappointed you about Consider Phlebas?

    Let me start by saying that the performance was very good. My disappointment is solely in the writing.

    So, I love Alastair Reynolds, but I've read almost all of his books. Anyone I asked, and websites online said that if I liked Reynolds, I should try Iain M. Banks' Culture series. And a good place to start was either Consider Phlebas or Player of Games. Well, it's possible Player of Games was good, but Consider Phlebas was not. It certainly was not up to par with Reynolds.

    The characters were dull archetypes (the spy with the good heart and noble reasons for the things he does, the caricature of a "space pirate" captain, the idealistic and loyal follower of the captain who falls in love with the protagonist, etc) at best, and just dumb at worst. The space pirate team (or "Free Company") that we spend most of the book with are like the rejects from every other sci-fi company. The plot contained many silly cliches (the spy left someone they loved who didn't agree with them, but that they hope to win back), as well as whatever the opposite of Deus Ex Machina is, where everything just goes wrong out of pure bad luck, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, etc. Doing that once or twice in a book is okay, but THIS book is FULL of these occurrences. For example, (SPOILER ALERT): They're on an alien planet with tons of underground train stations. One of the bad guys that they killed earlier they didn't apparently kill good enough and he gets a train going to crash into the train the protagonists are on. Well the audible alarm that would alert the protagonists that a train is going to run into them just happens to be in a register that's too high for humans' ears to hear. And the visual alarm that would alert them just happens to be hidden by one of the characters' helmets. And this kind of thing happens throughout the ENTIRE BOOK.

    I'm very disappointed in this book, and wish I could get my money back for it. I DID actually listen to the entire thing, almost as a "hate listen" as I was driving across the country at the time and the growing rage at this book helped to distract me from how boring the drive was.

    I don't recommend this book to anyone, nor will I buy another book from this author.


    Has Consider Phlebas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre? No, I love sci-fi and in particular space opera.
    The author though? Yes, I'll never buy Iain Banks' books again.


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

    I haven't, but the performance was great, just bad writing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, the performance was good, but that's not really part of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. DiGiorgi 08-01-15
    G. DiGiorgi 08-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing start"

    It's hard to believe that this book was just the first of the Culture series! Iain Banks was a master storyteller.

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    Furqan 07-12-15
    Furqan 07-12-15 Member Since 2010

    didntfindaname

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    "Great world, ok story"

    Great world building and fascinating macro story, however the main narrative focus was slow and not as interesting. Point in fact that I enjoyed the epilogue a lot since it spoke to the larger events taking place in said world

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    Impatience 07-09-15
    Impatience 07-09-15
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    "One of Banks' best."

    Pure space opera with strong characters and lush world building. It will make you wish Audible carried more of the Culture series of books.

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    Zeb Drivdahl Sacramento, CA United States 06-24-15
    Zeb Drivdahl Sacramento, CA United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What was the point?"

    Long, lots of pointless sidebars and no overriding theme or plot detected. Eminently forgettable and not worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steffen Hvalsoe, Denmark 06-17-15
    Steffen Hvalsoe, Denmark 06-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent - but ends, really ends"

    I am a sucker for this type of tech-sci-fi where the author isn't afraid to explain how it all works. especially love the description of hyperspace - plausible all the way. But the ending - the ENDING!? Have to read another one with THAT ending...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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