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  • Consider Phlebas | Iain M. Banks

    Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1195)
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    (1205)

    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....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
  • The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks

    The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
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    Story
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    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"
  • Use of Weapons | Iain M. Banks

    Use of Weapons

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (560)

    The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks, and military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him toward his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause.

    Ken says: "Tips on how to listen to this novel - NO SPOILERS"
  • The Hydrogen Sonata | Iain M. Banks

    The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (534)

    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"
  • Surface Detail: A Culture Novel | Iain M. Banks

    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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    (707)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
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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"
  • Matter: Culture, Book 8 | Iain M. Banks

    Matter: Culture, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
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    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.

    Bill says: "What happened to Peter Kenny?"
  • Excession: Culture Series, Book 5 | Iain M. Banks

    Excession: Culture Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

    Peter says: "A perfect team(?) at the top of their game"
  • Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1 | Iain M. Banks

    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (161)
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    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....

    Jacobus says: "Peter Kenny makes the book worthwhile"
  • Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3 | Iain M. Banks

    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people.

    Jacobus says: "Persevere and find gold!"
  • The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2 | Iain M. Banks

    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
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    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.

    Jacobus says: "A Worthwhile listen"
  • The State Of The Art: Culture Series, Book 4 | Iain M. Banks

    The State Of The Art: Culture Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    (40)
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    (33)
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    The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.

    kiril okun says: "Wtf"
  • Surface Detail | Iain M. Banks

    Surface Detail

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    (85)
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    (50)

    The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

    Hope says: "amazing narration"
  • Transition | Iain M. Banks

    Transition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    Kurt says: "Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible..."
  • The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10 | Iain M. Banks

    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (98)
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    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, 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. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....

    Benbarian says: "Hmm... Ok.. But not great"
  • Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7 | Iain M. Banks

    Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq. The light from the second may not.

    Kevin B says: "Possibly his best culture story so far"
  • Against a Dark Background | Iain M. Banks

    Against a Dark Background

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

    Jacobus says: "The 'A-Team' set between planets and stars"
  • Espedair Street | Iain Banks

    Espedair Street

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Daniel Weir used to be a famous - not to say infamous - rock star. Maybe still is. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull success. He's made a lot of mistakes that have paid off and a lot of smart moves he'll regret forever (however long that turns out to be). Daniel Weir has gone from rags to riches and back, and managed to hold onto them both, though not much else. His friends all seem to be dead, fed up with him or just disgusted - and who can blame them? And now Daniel Weir is all alone.

    Marci says: "Almost really really great"
  • Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6 | Iain M. Banks

    Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional. Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight.

    Jefferson says: ""A Culture Novel that Wasn't" (But Really Was)"
  • Walking On Glass | Iain Banks

    Walking On Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Her eyes were black, wide as though with some sustained surprise, the skin from their outer corners to her small ears taut. Her lips were pale, and nearly too full for her small mouth, like something bled but bruised. He had never seen anyone or anything quite so beautiful in his life. Graham Park is in love. But Sara Fitch is an enigma to him, a creature of almost perverse mystery. Steven Grout is paranoid - and with justice. He knows that They are out to get him.

  • The Wasp Factory | Iain Banks

    The Wasp Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    "Two years after I killed Blyth, I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons that I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage that I was going through."

    Eduardo says: "A history of a young psychopath"
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