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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Brilliant universe. Decent plot and characters

Didn't focus on the things I found interesting like the Culture and the Idirans and their conflict, technology and ideologies. instead all of of that just formed a backdrop. The main character was unlikable at times and one chapter was hard to stomach but other than that a good read!
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A masterful narrator performance and curious story.

The narrator is truely brilliant in his portrayal of the story. He reads quickly enough to excite, but you can tell that it's not (at least not much) sped up. His accents are unmistakeable and well suited for each character.

The story is quite interesting, though sometimes predictable. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Book Details

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