Consider Phlebas : Culture

  • by Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • Series: Culture
  • 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first Culture novel, now available as an unabridged audio download.
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.
Consider Phlebas is a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination.

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A hard slog

I was recommended this book and it appears in many sci fi must read lists. I don't like giving bad reviews, especially when "The Wasp Factory" is one of my all time favourite books. I wanted to like this but I couldn't.

None of the characters are particularly likeable or interesting. The plot is linear and rather pointless. And, spoiler alert, everyone dies. The crew of the ClearAir Turbulence are meant to be pirates but they come across as soft as an old people's bridge club.

I feel that the narration might have something to do with my dislike of this book, because while I thought his voice was great for many of the side characters, he did not portray the main character in the way I thought he would speak.

Obviously there are loads of people who love this sort of sci fi but listening to this I have discovered it's not my cup of tea.
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- Thomas

Disappointing ending

I loved the journey and the characters, the places and people/situations encountered it was entertaining and interesting. Peter Kenny os fantastic particularly at pronouncing those fantastic futuristic names and very realistic character voices. Unfortunately I was disappointed with the way it all ended, but loved the journey. Thanks Iain.
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- Lesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK