The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain Banks audiobook

The Hydrogen Sonata

By Iain M. Banks
Read by Peter Kenny

Hachette Book Group

The Culture Series: Book 10

17.50 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $34.99

    ISBN: 9781619695481

It is, truly, probably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, they helped set up the Culture ten thousand 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.  Amidst preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed and Cossont is blamed. Wanted dead—not alive. Now, aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command—find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. Cossont must discover the truth before she—s exiled from her people and her civilization forever—or just plain killed.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2013 Locus Award Finalist

A 2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist for Best Novel

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2012

Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for October 2012

It is, truly, probably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, they helped set up the Culture ten thousand 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. 

Amidst preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed and Cossont is blamed. Wanted dead—not alive. Now, aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command—find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. Cossont must discover the truth before she—s exiled from her people and her civilization forever—or just plain killed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s easy to see why Banks’s fertile, cheerfully nihilistic imagination and vivid prose have made the culture space operas bestsellers and award favorites.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of Banks’ best Culture novels to date.” Booklist
“Incomparable entertainment, with fascinating and highly original characters, challenging ideas and extrapolations, and dazzling action seamlessly embedded in a satirical-comedy matrix. Sheer delight.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Iain Banks

Author Bio: Iain Banks

Iain Banks (1954–2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory in 1984, he began to write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. In honor of his science fiction work, an asteroid was named for him in 2013, and asteroid (5099) Iainbanks now resides in the main asteroid belt of the Sol system.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 17.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English