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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Customer Reviews

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Good story, could have been a bit more edited by Iain. Some fairly tricky parts to follow because of the scene cutting. Tricky to keep attention where Iain describes the minutae of the scene without any seeming benefit to story or pacing. Listening through twice helped. Peter Kenny was an absolutely fantastic reader. With the perfect pacing, and seamingly inexhaustable breath managed to race through racy bits, without talking so slowly that unusually, I rarely felt the turned up the playback speed. He did not take long pauses between every sentence as some readers do, and for this I am thankful. He did take adequate pauses when it was necessary. Highly recommend this reader to anyone looking for an exciting and varied voice in their ear for several hours
Please, consider listening to the epilogues as they are witty and interesting and add a bit of gloss at the end of this classic culture novel.
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- Danny

Very action focused

I would prefer more insight into the world and less shoot outs.
also - a major drawback of all audiobooks - the appendix which provides useful insights into the motivations of the groups engaged in the war going on in this book are at the end. so, you don't learn about them until the main story is over.
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Book Details

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