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Chris O'Neill

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Neither fish nor fowl

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2019

A weird, long, meandering book that wasn't set enough in the "real" versus the strange universe of the uploaded minds. Needed an edit!!!

I found the fairy tale much less engaging than the real, and kept on asking myself what the point of scanning yourself into bit world was if you couldn't remember anything from before you died...

Much less satisfying than Reamde or his other books. A meander in search of a point...

Omg. Wow. From someone so young - wisdom.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

Loved this book. Extraordinary in its simplicity - particularly touched by the last chapter. Having recently lost my father and working out my own life - and his legacy.

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Complex and erudite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-2018

Loved it. How can he know so much, manage some complex themes and concepts across so large an exercise. And... Make it entertaining, amusing and above all blindingly clever?!? I am in awe...

A great book, with a talented voice actor

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-2018

Marvellous and touching, one of my favourite space operas. George Wilson is a talented voice actor who brings the many characters and races to life... A modern parable for how we can all live together despite a harrowing past...

Enjoyable but limited

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-2018

I always enjoy Reynolds' books, and the Prefect Glitter Band 'Prequels ' have been an interesting perspective on the Golden Age of Yellowstone. However... I find the narrator's voice and accent strange and distracting!!!

Better than the Hunger Games

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2018

Similar but superior to The Hunger Games. A great nuanced (and accented) performance by Tim Reynolds - I've bought the paperback for my son...

Great story, not sure about narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2017

Really enjoyed the story, but the narration has a poetic/lilting/tragic? Quality which sometimes detracts from the action and content.

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The first Culture Novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2016

The first Culture Novel, which set the scene - and theme for subsequent books. A great read/listen!!

A rollicking Culture Novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2016

Loved it - Banks' humour comes out loud and clear in Kenny's excellent narration and voice craft. Highly recommended!

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Love this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-2016

In my opinion, the best of the Culture novels... Followed closely by Use of Weapons.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful