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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Banks Narrator: Peter Kenn Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Culture Series Release Date:
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The Culture—a human-machine symbiotic society—has thrown up many great game players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh: the player of games and master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game—a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, and almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life—and very possibly his death.

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  • “Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth.”

    New York Times Book Review of Science Fiction

  • “Supple prose and subtle manipulations of plot produce a thought-provoking story which is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " Not my favorite Culture novel, for whatever reason, but still well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doug Newdick | 2/8/2014

    " A great book - games within, games, within games make this a witty, intellectual science fiction tour de force. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna Neal | 2/3/2014

    " Because I am a gamer, I am biased to love this book. I will be recommending it to any and all of my gamer friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 11/25/2013

    " The best intro to the Culture novels. "

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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.