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  • 1
    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1 | Iain M. Banks

    Consider Phlebas: Culture Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, 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....

    Neural lace

    If you are planning on reading this book for the 'neural lace' concept, there seems to be no reference to it in this first book of the culture series ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Darko ()
  • 2
    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2 | Iain M. Banks

    The Player of Games: Culture Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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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, 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.

    A great Culture Novel elegantly read

    This is in my opinion the best Culture Novel, and its grim metaphor of the alien Azadian Empire for modern society. Gurgey is a gaming savant with lim..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 January 2016 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 3
    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3 | Iain M. Banks

    Use of Weapons: Culture Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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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 or 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.

    I always look forward to the next adventure

    Great book. wonderful ideas. characters and stories as always from Ian m banks. I always look forward to the next adventure

    Reviewed on 06 May 2015 by Graeme ()
  • 4
    The State Of The Art: Culture Series, Book 4 | Iain M. Banks

    The State Of The Art: Culture Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.

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  • 5
    Excession: Culture Series, Book 5 | Iain M. Banks

    Excession: Culture Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

    pretty good but suffers from transfer to audio.

    this novel would be more enjoyably in print because of the technical text devices it uses.

    Reviewed on 07 April 2016 by Jacob ()
  • 6
    Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6 | Iain M. Banks

    Inversions: Culture Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about. In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, and his means of combating them are more traditional. Spiralling round a central core of secrecy, deceit, love, and betrayal, Inversions is a spectacular work of science fiction, brilliantly told and wildly imaginative, from an author who has set genre fiction alight.

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  • 7
    Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7 | Iain M. Banks

    Look to Windward: Culture Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq. The light from the second may not.

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  • 8
    Matter: Culture Series, Book 8 | Iain M. Banks

    Matter: Culture Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
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    In a world renowned, even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime occurs within a war. For one man 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.

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  • 9
    Surface Detail: Culture Series, Book 9 | Iain M. Banks

    Surface Detail: Culture Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

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  • 10
    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10 | Iain M. Banks

    The Hydrogen Sonata: Culture, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....

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