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The Player of Games Audiobook

The Player of Games

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Iain M. Banks (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more." (NME)

"An exquisitely riotous tour de force of the imagination which writes its own rules simply for the pleasure of breaking them." (Time Out)

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 01-07-12
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Should have been shorter or longer"

    Okay, this is my last Iain Banks book. I gave him two tries, and that should be enough.

    Someone else mentioned that this could have been a novella. That is true and all you really need to know.

    He's not a bad writer. And the book does have a satisfying conclusion. It just didn't take me in the direction I wanted it to go. Too much time was spent on inconsequential things, in my opinion. I also do not like the amount of sexual references and depravity that we see or hear mention of. Sure the Empire is a decrepit and corrupt place and needs to go, but there must have been more tasteful ways to convey that.

    The personalities of the droids shine through again, and he does a good job of describing the game without getting too bogged down in details. I just don't understand why both this book and the previous one, Consider Phlebas, actually center around fringe storylines rather then really taking us through the Culture and all the vast wonders that must surely be part of it.

    Alas, I don't have the patience to try another one to see if this ever happens.

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    Christopher Jones 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic story!"

    not usually my style. I like a bit more action however once I was a bit into the story I was hooked. well written for sure. once again glad I started reading The Culture series. on to the next tale!

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    ancientcampus 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, great performance, mediocre characters"

    Great book, great performance, mediocre characters. When the protagonist makes mistakes it doesn't come from a flawed-yet-enjoyable-to-read-about part of the character; it's just because human beings are sometimes selfish and dumb.

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    John Sheesley 04-11-17
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's so much fun and keeps you captivated all the way through.


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    GREAT voices for the characters. You can tell who is talking at every moment.


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    Brett Cushing Las Vegas, NV 03-06-17
    Brett Cushing Las Vegas, NV 03-06-17 Member Since 2015

    Uncle Brett

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    "Excellent story, highly recommended"

    Just fantastic, the world of The Culture is hypnotic and alluring on so many levels. The narrator did a top notch job and I'm looking forward to more tales from The Culture!

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    Dustin 02-20-17
    Dustin 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo Iain"

    Another masterpiece from Mr. Banks. If you know his work, you won't be disappointed. If you are new to the Culture, welcome. There is simply no equal in contemporary fiction.

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    Chris Dubboyou 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Push past the first part and its smooth sailing"

    The main character is a bore until you get deep enough into the story to realize it's the culture that is the real main character.

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    John 10-06-16
    John 10-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoyable bit of sci-fi"

    Really like the world. Suffers from a bit of anti-climax from time to time, but overall very well written and performed.

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    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 09-20-16
    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2012

    Poorly edited books bug me.

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    "my opinion best of the culture"

    I love everything about this book, with the possible exception of its similarity to Hesse's Glass Bead Game. Or maybe that makes it better. Not sure.

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    Rich 07-22-16
    Rich 07-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent story, excellent reader."

    the reader does the voices perfectly, the story is deep and intriguing. 10/10. would listen again.

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