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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2000 Iain M. Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital

Critic Reviews

"Banks keeps ratcheting up the suspense" ( Guardian)
"Confirms Banks as the standard by which the rest of SF is judged" ( Guardian)
"In terms of sheer storytelling prowess and verve, Look to Windward is a work of genius" ( SFX)
"A great book" ( New Scientist)
"A mordant wit, a certain savagery and a wild imagination " ( Mail On Sunday)

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...never ceases to surprise

The most entertaining culture novel so far. Nicely performed, wonderfully written, space-candy and alien drama.

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A masterpiece from one of sci fi's greatest Minds

This story is tapestry of grand scope and scale masterfully woven together by a mind brilliant enough that He might as well be a GSV in disguise

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Possibly his best culture story so far

Great story with all the culture twists you would expect leaving you in awe with the scale of dimension and time

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  • Marc
  • 05-22-14

Fantastic book, expertly delivered by Peter Kenny.

What did you like most about Look to Windward?

Another fantastic culture book. Great characters and an interesting plot. Peter Kenny once again brings this book to life.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Peter delivers this book in his usual perfect way. His talent of bringing a book to life is simply amazing. If you have ever read this book, then I highly recommend listening to Peter read it. He brings a whole new dimension to the story. He is a very comfortable narrator to listen to, and his character voices make it a pleasure to follow. Easy listening. Perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Once started, it is very hard to stop. I found that time literally flew by whilst listening, and very often found myself still up in the early hours listening to this great story.

Any additional comments?

Another fantastic Culture book. Having read all the Banks books, I am now listening to them all one by one. If your a fan of Banks, then there is no better way to enjoy them.

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  • I Asimov
  • 11-14-15

Best Culture Book - amazing

I have listened to every culture book so far and they are all outstanding but this is the best one. Banks is a formidable writer. A very moving and poinant story that will stay with me for years. Peter Kenny gave excellent narration as always.

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  • B. Webb
  • 11-01-16

Another brilliant book expertly performed

A fantastic story brilliantly read by Peter Kenny. Iain M Banks and Peter Kenny are a truly excellent combination. The story had me riveted throughout and when it was over I felt myself mourn for it. Glad I have more to download!

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  • scott
  • 05-22-16

Love the culture! !!

great sci-fi read by an engaging narrator.
Ian bank's books are a must read/listen if you want to escape into utopia

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  • Mike G.
  • 05-12-16

an exploration of death, rebirth and civilization

I thoroughly enjoyed this! it has comedy, tragedy and philosophy in Banks' trademark style. excellent!

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  • Dr Ward
  • 04-18-16

One of finest and most currently apposite.

One of finest and most currently apposite in the post 9/11, fundamentalist enriched world. His death was a great loss.

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  • Paul
  • 09-21-15

great book

brilliant story and great delivery by Peter Kenny as usual. just love the culture. just purchased the next book

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  • Chris
  • 09-17-15

Best sifi series ever written, narrated superbly

Banks was the best author in this genre, in my opinion, his books are of a depth that is hard to come by with fiction in general let alone SF. Kenny performs supremely as always.

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  • J.E.Thomas
  • 08-28-15

A subtle weave of stories

thoroughly enjoyed this story, one which I had forgotten after reading in paper back form many years and now brought, expertly and passionately back to me. well done Peter. well done Iain

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  • Chris
  • 02-15-15

A great story well narrated

One of my favourite books by Banks, captures the empty feeling of loss in a way that is both beautiful and tragic. Narrated well and easy to listen to.

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