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- Culture Series, Book 1
- By: Iain M. Banks
- Narrated by: Peter Kenny
- Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
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....
good if somewhat longer than necessary
- By Colin Speller on 09-04-2018
2 hours in and it goes nowhere.
I really did try to enjoy Consider Phlebas, but after 2 hours the purpose of the narrative was unclear. It felt like we were following a character on a tour of the galaxy, learning more about the state of the world rather than the characters and their motivations in it. Characters aside from our main exist only to introduce us to other species and their circumstances, and they are entirely disposable - thrown away constantly before they can go anywhere to introduce us to the next concept. I could not finish it.