The Player of Games (audiobook)

The Culture Series, book 2

Read by Peter Kenny
11.4 hrs • 10 CDs • Unabridged
Fiction/Science Fiction
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 08/01/11
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 08/01/11 9781611136746
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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. Mocked, blackmailed, and almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life—and very possibly his death.

Review Quotes

“In The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks presents a distant future that could almost be called the end of history…Thoughtful science fiction readers will appreciate the cultural comparisons, and fans of big ideas and action will also be rewarded.”, editorial review

“Theauthor of Consider Phlebas vividly portrays an empire ruled by arcane conventions and sophisticated brutality in an ambitious novel of gamesmanship and intrigue. Supple prose and subtle manipulations of plot produce a thought-provoking story which is highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary breadth.”

New York Review of Science Fiction

“All [Banks’] books are lively and entertaining. They are laced with a wry humour, fascinating characters, and inspired plots. The Player of Games, I am pleased to say is no exception.”

Starburst (Manchester)

“Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy—the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more.”