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Consider Phlebas Audiobook

Consider Phlebas

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Publisher's Summary

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. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

©1987 Iain M. Banks (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Dazzlingly original." (Daily Mail)

"Gripping, touching and funny." (TLS)

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    Cougar 06-13-11
    Cougar 06-13-11 Member Since 2014

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    "cosmic"

    I was not expecting an action filled, contemporary SciFi adventure but that is what I got. The book will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. You cannot aford to veg out on even one part of one chapter. It is all relevant and all provative. I found the audio sample a little misleading. If I recall correctly, the sample comes from a section about an individual sentenced to prison and subjected to torture. What happens as the story unfolds is something totally different. The prisoner becomes the protaganist and his jailor plays a very unusual but exciting role in his escapade.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 06-28-13
    Andrew 06-28-13
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    "Protagonist captured three times..."

    When your protagonist is captured three times in a book, you have a problem. When more than half a book is summed up by "supposedly elite espionage agent and shapeshifter can't find a ride", you've got a problem. When the reader concludes that the protagonists allies will probably all die of friendly fire, and they do, albeit over many many pages going no where, it's a problem. When your multi-species crew of star-faring mercenaries can't figure out how to kill an unconscious member of a common belligerent species (one that's perfectly killable), it's a problem.

    This book has vast amounts of writing that fails to move the plot or characters. The characters are too dumb to live. There was little to no consequence to their actions. I won't be picking up any of the other books in the series.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    andrea moline 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a space opera classic."

    If you are a fan of the culture series or even if this is your first culture novel this book is fantastic. A fast pace race across the galaxy following a flawed character is back dropped by galatic war.

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    John Sheesley 04-27-17
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    "what an incredible story"

    it's like really really really good. if you're thinking about getting it, you should. I need a few more words in my review. pineapple.

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    Matthew Tulsa, Ok United States 03-08-17
    Matthew Tulsa, Ok United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great reader."

    I'm halfway through this audio book and I just wanted to say Peter Kenny is doing a great job! I'm not much into sci fi/ fantasy, but he makes it more engaging with his range of voice acting.

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    Dave E. Chicago, IL 01-28-17
    Dave E. Chicago, IL 01-28-17 Member Since 2014

    Mr. E.

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    "Great Story - fantastic reading"

    I think Peter Kenny did an amazing job with the various diverse accents in this piece.

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    Russell 01-23-17
    Russell 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boom. Bang. Poop. Snore."

    Thunderous brain-melting action punctuated by graphic depictions of excrement consumption might occlude the bulk of this ridiculous tale of idiots in space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Woodsman 12-04-16
    Woodsman 12-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Science is great, character connection needs love"
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    The book was really good. The author (Iain Banks) unveils an interesting and well thought-out futuristic world in this first book of his Culture series. The only bit of criticism I have is I think the author could have done better at connecting the reader to the book's interesting characters. I feel like the characters in the story are often overshadowed by the author’s passion and skill in describing the galaxy, species, science, and technology of the Culture series.

    The narrator (Peter Kenny) did an excellent job, and used a multi-accented delivery that brought the story to life well.

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    Naibas 12-03-16
    Naibas 12-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "least favorite iain banks"

    A bit too long, but a solid introduction to the culture novels. But you can safely skip this and start with Player of Games instead.

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    SRacerWV Huntington, WV, United States 11-20-16
    SRacerWV Huntington, WV, United States 11-20-16 Member Since 2013

    Union Electrician IBEW 317 Huntington, WV

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    "There is more....."
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    Please audible, do whatever it takes to close the deal to get the rest of the books in this series. They are out there on competing sites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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