Summary

For short-lived 'quick' races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria, whose rule is both military and religious. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets - the rest is debris.
Our human hero, Fassin Taak, is a Slow Seer privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron in his home system Ulubis. His work consists of rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he's come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance....
©2004 Iain M. Banks (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Toadjuggler on 03-02-18

Hooray and oh dear.

Brilliant book by my favourite writer.

Please get it re-recorded by Peter Kenny. Mr Annis just doesn't get Iain Banks and it comes through in his reading. I lost track so many times and it took me three goes to get through it, so disappointing.

I actually first joined Audible to listen to Iain M. Banks' books but this really doesn't cut it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 12-11-17

Not The Culture But A Great Listen

A little over long but a great listen, have previously listened to the abridged audio book but enjoyed this a lot more. Not quite Banks at his best but still a brilliant!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raj on 20-11-17

Finally! The unabridged version!

I listened to this 12 years ago on cassette tape from my library and I really enjoyed the story and the narration by Geoffrey Annis is perfect. I wanted to listen to it again but I could never find a version to buy on CD or a digital version to download. Thank you Audible for making the unabridged version available for download. I can't wait to listen to this story again! A master SF work by Iain M. Banks.

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11 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By jakacoro on 08-06-18

Great/Culture prequel

it's as good as anything else he's written/superb performance by the narrator again. If you've already read the culture stuff, as others have said, this reads like an intentional prequel.

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