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    • Consider Phlebas

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,402
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,164

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Visionary but half-cooked intro to Culture 'verse

    • By Ryan on 07-20-13

    Regular price: $28.50

    • The Algebraist

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
    • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284

    For short-lived races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets - the rest is debris. Fassin Taak is a Slow Seer privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron. His work consists of rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he's come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally! The unabridged version!

    • By Raj on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $33.36

    • The Player of Games

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great introduction to The Culture series

    • By Ken on 08-04-11

    Regular price: $28.50

    • 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 1,075
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 978
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 981

    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
    • Tips on how to listen to this novel - NO SPOILERS

    • By Ken on 05-12-13

    Regular price: $28.50

    • 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 867
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 789
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 788

    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 James on 01-27-13

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Matter

    • Culture, Book 8
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
    • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 556

    In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What happened to Peter Kenny?

    • By Bill on 01-18-16

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Consider Phlebas

    • Culture Series, Book 1
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 310

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Peter Kenny makes the book worthwhile

    • By Jacobus on 12-24-10

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Surface Detail

    • A Culture Novel
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 861
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858

    Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Devestatingly superior

    • By Steven on 11-21-10

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Look to Windward

    • Culture Series, Book 7
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ...never ceases to surprise

    • By Anonymous User on 03-21-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Player of Games

    • Culture Series, Book 2
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Worthwhile listen

    • By Jacobus on 01-03-11

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Transition

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 211

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible...

    • By Kurt on 10-29-09

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The State Of The Art

    • Culture Series, Book 4
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • May require hospital grade painkillers...

    • By Peter on 02-07-14

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Excession

    • Culture Series, Book 5
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A perfect team(?) at the top of their game

    • By Peter on 12-01-13

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Matter

    • Culture Series, Book 8
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
    • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    In a world renowned, even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime occurs within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight and a search for the one, maybe two, people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Much more than a 'read'

    • By Rasheed on 11-05-09

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Use of Weapons

    • Culture Series, Book 3
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    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 or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Persevere and find gold!

    • By Jacobus on 04-20-12

    Regular price: $18.11

    • The Quarry

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • By Iain Banks, not Iain M. Banks

    • By Reader X on 05-19-18

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Inversions

    • Culture Series, Book 6
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional. Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "A Culture Novel that Wasn't" (But Really Was)

    • By Jefferson on 12-27-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Against a Dark Background

    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The 'A-Team' set between planets and stars

    • By Jacobus on 08-12-12

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Surface Detail

    • Culture Series, Book 9
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing narration

    • By Hope on 08-07-11

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Hydrogen Sonata

    • Culture, Book 10
    • By: Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, 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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmm... Ok.. But not great

    • By Benbarian on 11-08-12

    Regular price: $21.31

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