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The Hydrogen Sonata Audiobook

The Hydrogen Sonata

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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.

Amid preparations, though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago.

It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.

©2012 Iain M. Banks (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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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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    For those that have NOT taken the time to research this author or his works, here is my take on this series. First: Sadly, Mr Banks is no longer with us. He passed away many years ago. There will never be anymore books by him. What little we have if the Culture universe is all that there will be. Second: All of his Culture books are in audio format and narrated by Peter Kenny. It's already done, no need to wait for them to be narrated. Third: From what I can gather in my research, the reason these wonderful works are not on Audible is due to the estate not allowing them to leave the Europe market. You can purchase all of Banks titles, you just have to live in Europe. There must be a solution here somewhere, someway, somehow. So come on fans of these wonderful books, let's collectively cause enough of a ruckus to be noticed. I want to own a copy of these works honestly. I don't want to break any laws to be able to have this collection complete. So who's with me?

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    Merritt Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-08-16
    Merritt Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-08-16
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    "Excellent"

    One of those books that makes you sad when you realize it is nearly over, and you try to prolong the experience...

    Excellent job by the narrator, really bringing the characters to life.

    I'll miss the Culture books!

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    Clea 04-14-16
    Clea 04-14-16
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    "Exceptional in every way"

    I've listened to this twice now, it's so very good. Peter Kenny is the worlds best narrator and The Culture novels are the worlds best books. You can't ask for more.

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    pjrupert 03-21-16
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    "Not Banks' best."

    Good narration. Relatively weak as far as culture stories go. Really focuses on the Minds which tends to be dull. The main protagonists had really forgettable characteristics. The interesting characters weren't highlighted nearly as much.

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    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15
    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hydrogen Sonata to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Hydrogen Sonata to and why?

    It's one part Star Wars to one part Star Trek.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only listened to his Culture books, and this one is as good as any of the other performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, strangely. If that's a metaphor for death, it's a comforting and nice one.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss the Culture already. This is a fitting send off. It feels like the concluding volume in a "series" linked only by the fact that all stories happen within a single, galaxy-spanning civilization that, for better or worse, is what it is.

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    Brooks Hamilton 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful swam song"

    This was the last of the series and one of the final books Iain Banks wrote (so sorry to see him go). It was one of my very favorite since it dealt with the Culture from the perspective of the Minds. Highly enjoyable. It was intensely personal at times by examining mortality. I would recommend reading at least two of the other Culture series before tackling this one. Enjoy!

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    Spencer United States 11-25-15
    Spencer United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Still the Best"
    If you could sum up The Hydrogen Sonata in three words, what would they be?

    Science Fiction Excellence


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hydrogen Sonata?

    The fight to recover the cube.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good as ever


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, Iain Banks is deceased. I found him to be the most innovative writer of SiFi of this generation.

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    John Averitt 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid"

    Solid culture book with a Fantastic delivery. Probably a bit much for someone's first culture book.

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    Bradley Shannon 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent story, excellent narration"

    Quite a good story made even better by Peter Kenny's always excellent narration.

    Spoilers below...

    Not quite as goosebump-generating as some of the earlier books, specifically Player of Games and especially Use of Weapons, but I appreciated the more positive ending than some of the other, slightly depressing "everyone dies in the end" books from earlier in the series.

    I like the fact that the Culture was presented here with flaws, and potentially beatable, rather than as all-powerful.

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    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 05-12-15
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, mind-blowing, and drink-spitting funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hydrogen Sonata the most enjoyable?

    Listening to all the silly names of the ships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hydrogen Sonata?

    His discussion on the morality and futility of advanced simulations was extremely interesting as I work in the field of Computer Science. Very profound.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

    The Mistake Not


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times and even spit out my drink once.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad he's gone.

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