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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain M. Banks Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Culture Series Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781611133585
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The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances’ foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks, and military action.

The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.

The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman’s life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a lost cause. But not even its machine could see the horrors in his past.

Ferociously intelligent, witty, and horrific, Use of Weapons is a masterpiece of science fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness.”


  • “As with all Banks’s books, excellent writing carries the complex plots and keeps the listener engaged. Peter Kenny’s calm narration conveys the detachment that is characteristic of Banks’s protagonists. Kenny pronounces the fantastical alien names that Banks invents without hesitation. Most of Banks’s universe speaks with a cultured British accent—except for the less developed cultures, whose inhabitants speak with the accents of middle Europe. Banks makes all the accents credible.”


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About the Narrator

Peter Kenny, twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, 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.