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  • Use of Weapons

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Ken on 05-12-13

Fantastic, character-driven, parallel timelines!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-19

Peter Kenny continues to impress, as a solid narrator, as well as vice actor, basically. I especially liked his rendition of the Xenophobe!

This is probably my least favorite Culture series novel, and I love it, and rate it a full five stars across the board. You should give it a listen.

  • Great Mythologies of the World

  • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
  • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729

The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Course!

  • By khilsati on 03-28-17

Great! Except for one prof

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I enjoyed it all, except I have to admit one complaint that Prof. Bailey's narration was very, very boring. A rare exception to the Great Courses selections, and maybe I'm just being picky.

  • Law School for Everyone

  • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Procedural Peanuts

  • By Mariann on 07-10-18

Informative, interesting, succinct!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Chock full of real world examples, and the history of now English-American common law got to where it is. Not dry boring theory! Quite pleased, Great Courses does it again!

  • The Hydrogen Sonata

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent chapter in the Culture series

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-27-13

Bittersweet, amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Read this in paperback, listened to audiobook I the car. Really fantastic writing, as good as Iain M. Banks gets.

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