Culture
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(4.2 based on 1929 ratings)
  • 1

    Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (361)

    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 Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision.

    I don't know why I'd never heard of Banks or the Culture before. After finally discovering and consuming what little of the series we've got on offer ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2012 by Hyacinth ()
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    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    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"
    Peter Kenny makes the book worthwhile

    I enjoyed Iain M. Banks' book because of an excellent narrator. I am not sure that the story itself is so great... although it falls probably in the g..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 24 2010 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 2

    The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (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"
    Great introduction to The Culture series

    On the surface this is a great adventure story in which the playing of games becomes as exciting as a physical combat scene in an action movie. Under..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 04 2011 by Ken (Millbrook, New York, United States)
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    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    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"
    A Worthwhile listen

    I thoroughly enjoyed, Peter Kenny's rendition of Iain M. Banks' "The Player of Games." Kenny's interpretation, especially his unbelievable mimicking o..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 03 2011 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 3

    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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!"
    Persevere and find gold!

    Iaian M. Banks writes (what I would call) philosophical science fiction. He uses his stories to raise important ethical questions and to comment on th..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2012 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 4

    The State Of The Art: Culture Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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.

    Peter says: "May require hospital grade painkillers..."
    May require hospital grade painkillers...

    Had been quite some time since I had read this collection of short stories, I'd forgotten about it's existence. But I managed to get this downloaded s..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 07 2014 by Peter (Australia)
  • 5

    Excession

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    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"
    A perfect team(?) at the top of their game

    Peter Kenny has brought a whole new experience to my understanding the writing of Iain Banks. Mr Kenny seems to have a number of uncanny knacks of wha..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 01 2013 by Peter (Australia)
  • 6

    Inversions

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    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.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 7

    Look to Windward

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 8

    Matter: Culture, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    S.E.Anderson says: "Falls apart at the end..."
    Falls apart at the end...

    I've enjoyed the Culture Novels, and was fairly well enjoying this one up to the end, until it totally fell apart… I was looking forward to a conclusi..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 18 2014 by S.E.Anderson (Alameda, CA, United States)
  • 9

    Surface Detail: A Culture Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (240)

    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"
    Excellent story, excellent narration

    I'm a big fan of Iain M Banks (and Alistair Reynolds, Richard Morgan, etc.) - what they call 'hard science fiction' or sometimes 'space opera' - so it..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 16 2010 by Sarah (Hamilton, ON, Canada)
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    Surface Detail

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    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"
    amazing narration

    Like all of Iain M Banks' Culture novels that I have read, this one was vast, mind blowing and in parts hilariously funny. The best part about Banks ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 07 2011 by Hope (Niagara Park, Australia)
  • 10

    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    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"
    Hmm... Ok.. But not great

    I've read most of Banks's work by now, and this is a little underwhelming. After the depth and breadth of Surface Detail, this leaves me feeling a li..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 08 2012 by Benbarian (Johannesburg, South Africa)
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    The Hydrogen Sonata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    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"
    Culture meets Hitchhiker's Guide & Da Vinca Code

    I am a big Iain M. Banks fan, and any new Culture novel is a cause for celebration. If you aren't familiar with the Culture -- set in a far future po..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 23 2012 by Ethan M. (Cambridge, MA)