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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 Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Culture Series Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Iain Banks

Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory in 1984, he began to write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. In honor of his science fiction work, an asteroid was named for him in 2013, and asteroid (5099) Iainbanks now resides in the main asteroid belt of the Sol system.