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Matter Audiobook

Matter: Culture, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy.

Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.

Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.

©2008 Iain M. Banks (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Bill 01-18-16
    Bill 01-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What happened to Peter Kenny?"
    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this series, and the narration has been no small part. While this narration is decent, it was made worse in the inevitable comparison to the previous narrator, Peter Kenny, who was excellent.

    As for the book, of course Banks is wonderful. A bit overdone at the end, but clever throughout.

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    Maxime 09-20-15
    Maxime 09-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawless"

    I cannot recommend this highly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book a few years ago, but the narrator brought another dimension to the story that blew me away.

    In my humble opinion Iain M Banks is a master of this genre, rivalled only by Alastair Reynolds. This story is beautifully written and totally absorbing from the beginning. The characters are wonderfully realised, the story lines fast paced and believable with an underlying humour that I found delightful.

    As is often the case when I read Banks, I found myself marvelling at his insights and observations. He is a formidably intelligent man.

    Toby Longworth is a brilliant narrator and this story suits his talents to a tee. It takes real talent to bring characters to life as he did in this book.

    Loved it and will listen to it again for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 02-15-15
    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A rambling tale of a monarchy"

    This is by far my least favorite culture series book yet. The heavy medieval storyline did nothing for me. I made it all the way through, but the payoff wasn't worth the cost of the lost time listening to it. Certainly interesting parts, but for the most part I found it boring.

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    Eric 12-30-14
    Eric 12-30-14
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    "A stellar performance"
    What did you love best about Matter?

    This is a great book, though not one of the best in the Culture series (The Use of Weapons and the Player of Games will always loom large over the series as some of the best SF of all time). But Longworth's performance really elevates the book and he does a stellar job of giving different speech patterns to the different characters and making them come alive. Highly recommended.


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    pjrupert 09-23-16
    pjrupert 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An enjoyable journey back to the culture"

    This story starts slow but steadily builds into a satisfying conclusion. The characters initially seem flat and it is found myself wondering why I care about several of them. However, the author does a good job growing his characters in a meaningful way, and while in the end he could have been more concise or impact full in the end the author got the job done. The narrator is similarly difficult to initially enjoy as he has a somewhat sharp voice but as you get used to the style it becomes more enjoyable. Honestly this type of book is difficult to narrate but this was entertaining and enjoyable. Worth your credits.

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    Tyler C. 09-21-16
    Tyler C. 09-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    Really liked the book, it's a very interesting story. My only real complaint is that Peter did not read it. The guy that did, did a good job... but it's not the same.

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    J. Wolff Shelton, CT 08-15-16
    J. Wolff Shelton, CT 08-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story abrupt ending"

    Overall it was a great story but at the end it felt rushed as if the author had to meet a deadline.

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    deanna s cross 08-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "not Banks' best Culture book"

    it was OK, but make this the least of the Culture books. It gets better when Culture stuff is discussed, but way too much lame Medevil junk, little of which matters in the end anyway.

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    Richard auckland, New Zealand 01-16-16
    Richard auckland, New Zealand 01-16-16 Member Since 2007

    BasicListener? I listen with both ears!

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    "different than previous works and a bit turgid"

    17 hours so good value but this is not really a culture story it is more of a swords and sandals story.
    the ending is good though
    the voice acting is good
    overall it is hard to see how the same author wrote Player of Games and this turgid thing

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    Anthony R Fuccile 01-26-15
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    "I missed the point."

    I love the culture series and honestly this book was full of the big ideas, frank characters, action and humor of all the others, but usually there's an overarching theme that is dissected and revealed wonderfully at the end. But I didn't get it. Maybe I was spoiled by the amaze balls Use of Weapons.

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