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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain M. Banks Narrator: Toby Longworth Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781600245046
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In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one—maybe two—people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she’d thought abandoned forever.

Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture’s Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy.

Concealing her new identity—and her particular set of abilities—might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else’s war is never a simple matter.

Matter is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Ronan | 2/19/2014

    " Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Best Banks since Consider Phlebas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 2/12/2014

    " I would recommend this if you like science fiction. I am not a huge science fiction fan, but I would read more of the Culture series from Iain Banks. I prefer his fiction like The Wasp Factory. The interview with him in the back of this book is interesting because he talks about writing fiction and science fiction and how he alternates between the two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/20/2013

    " A return to The Culture environment by Ian M Banks and a very readable return too. I just love Bank's drones, they have personalities that are more human than humans... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneel | 11/9/2013

    " This one seemed a little too clear, almost over-explained. But I didn't understand why some of the threads were there. Maybe I missed something big. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/27/2013

    " I was really, pleasantly surprised to find this book (& author, of course). Very impressed with the story's scope and vision -- this is all encompassing, galaxies-wide stuff & the author keeps it moving along at a good clip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book at first, but got a bit jaded towards the end. Maybe I've been OD'ing on the scifi lately? A solid read, for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 9/12/2013

    " This book was a bit slow at stages but overall still interesting. Didn't keep me hooked as some of the others have though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unletteredscribbler Chavez | 7/20/2013

    " I hate it when someone writes a book I can't read while drunk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 6/28/2013

    " An amazing feat of world building. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sen Ita | 11/26/2012

    " First sci-fi I've read by Iain Banks though I'm a big fan of his mainstream book, - great characters, especially the lead female and I fell into the world very easily. There was far too much build up for what was a very short conclusion, would have been more satisfying otherwise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 6/10/2012

    " Not worth reading. Slow - vaguely interesting towards end. But even then slow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Wherlock | 4/29/2012

    " Culture novel. And a classic Banks offering. Big, black, atomic killing machine unleashed by numbskulls. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 10/3/2011

    " finally I have to admit that I am stalled on this one. Too complex to sort out all the layers, or not interesting enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin Brennan | 1/2/2011

    " Interesting mix of fantasy and high sci-fi, good characters and more interesting fluff on the Culture. A good holiday read (which I used it for!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bee | 8/5/2010

    " Simply awesome. Best of the Culture! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orbit | 6/18/2010

    " Orbit,fall07 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dynagrip | 6/28/2009

    " Decent book up to the last portion, which was far too similar to a certain Alistair Reynolds novel. Also, there was horribly tacked on epilogue and upon a short review a major plot inconsistency becomes apparent. "

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About the Narrator

Toby Longworth is well known for his voice work, including Lott Dod and Gragra in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. His television credits include an appearance on Nighty Night.