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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,957 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Banks, Iain M. Banks Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Culture Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781611138771
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The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, and 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 sought by both the Culture and the Idirans. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, to actually find it—and with it their own destruction.

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  • “Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he’s equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly energy and elegance.”

    William Gibson

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/17/2014

    " 500 pages of beautifully written climax. I definitely look forward to investigating more of Banks's stuff, both literary and sci-fi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blue Meanie | 1/30/2014

    " This was a three-star book. (And not a four-star book that I'm being stingy with...like some people.) Seriously, though, enjoyable and distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doreen | 1/10/2014

    " I wish I could give this two stars for some of the plot and 4 stars for the rest. The obese cannibal was just silly. The opening scene was meant to shock and gross out but just left me feeling "meh". I didn't really care about some of the characters. With that said, some of the book was so well written it took my breath away and the action and adventure were thrilling. I will try the others in this series and other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/5/2014

    " In general I really enjoyed the book. There was plenty of action, suspense and some mystery thrown in. The characters were interesting, it just took me a while to get going at the beginning. I felt the ending was poorly done - basically it just ends with some epilogue type stuff. I was very invested in the main character and felt the ending just made me feel wanting some sort of closure. Overall, a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Mason | 12/31/2013

    " Iain M. Banks is the best writer I never heard of, that is until recently. I have read three other books by Banks and except for being set in the same universe, I would not have believed they were written by the same person. They are all incredibly well written, inventive, masterful tales of science fiction that mix good hard science fiction with amazing characters and an interesting future vision that doesn't really even mention Earth at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Barraclough | 12/30/2013

    " Fantastic look into the Culture from yet another angle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Mckinney | 11/15/2013

    " Well written and very entertaining. I've heard that Bank's writing improves in his other books so I'm looking forward to reading the other Culture books in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Chamberlain | 9/6/2013

    " Banks at his best, visionary, inventive, a real treat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 4/1/2013

    " This is an excellent "space opera" Culture novel from one of my favorite sci fi authors. It's a bit wordy and overly long in places but the overall writing (including some chapters that are real gems) more than makes up for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/24/2012

    " Very much enjoyed the Audible version. Tried a few years ago to read in print and couldn't get into it. Great characters. I liked Player of Games better though. This one was a bit too "shoot em up" for me. But I recommend to those who like space opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl-lee | 8/19/2012

    " A reasonably good book but got a bit tedious in places with some tangents from the plot. I much prefer The Player of Games. However, reading this clarified some things that I didn't understand from book 2 in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 7/12/2012

    " Good writing, engaging. Didn't knock my socks off. I may or may not read more books by Banks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 1/17/2012

    " Consider Phlebas is an example of high science fiction at it's finest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Elder | 9/16/2011

    " This was my introduction to Iain M. Banks and the Culture series. I enjoyed this introduction to the Culture, and I'm curious to learn more. The edition I experienced was the unabridged audiobook narrated exceptionally well by Peter Kenny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian | 7/1/2011

    " A good book with a completely unenjoyable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 5/22/2011

    " This is a big, sprawling, complicated book. I really enjoyed it. There's a little bit of everything here: "big" plot, a main character with complicated issues, galaxy-wide destruction, clash of cultures (and religions, and philosophies). Very good and highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 5/17/2011

    " This was good opening to the Culture series, though it left me wanting more knowledge of the culture. I would love to live on one of those huge orbitals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 5/14/2011

    " Good entertaining sci-fi shoot-em-up, but it lags hard in the third act. Would have given it another star if it had been 100 pages shorter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/9/2011

    " I hate to admit it, but this book has defeated me. I just couldn't find any interest in the characters or the universe Banks has created. I'll save it for a later day when I have less stress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/7/2011

    " This was a good introduction to the Culture universe but I felt at times the writing was a little rough around the edges .... an annoying thing I noticed was a paragraph would start and you had to wait a bit to figure out who was speaking or who it was referencing which upset the flow of the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmoses | 5/3/2011

    " Started slow, i felt, but i really enjoyed this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 4/28/2011

    " This was a very satisfying classic Science Fiction work. Good characters, against an sweeping historical backdrop. I never really understood the politics enough to choose a side in the ongoing war, but boy the science was fascinating and it was fun picturing the aliens involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 4/26/2011

    " This was a book that I had trouble putting down, literally. I ran the battery down on my NOOKcolor 3 times! "

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About the Author
Author Iain Banks

Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most innovative and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. The asteroid (5099) Iainbanks was named after him in 2013.

About the Narrator

Peter Kenny is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. In recent years he has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.