Written By: Iain M. Banks

Narrated By: Peter Kenny

Date: May 2011

Duration: 16 hours 30 minutes


The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination.

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. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.


  • Thomas Hanke

    Oh, 'Consider Phelbus' – must be an early draft of the famous book…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel D.

    this story was just freaking horrible. makes me think "abusive narrator."

  • Anonymous

    I've read a lot of science fiction, and I've heard about Ian Banks for a long time. I was really expecting to like this book. But I didn't find much to like about it. If you love Heinlein, Egan, and Vinge like I do, then you might want to skip this book. I've heard people say that it's not the best book in Bank's Culture Series, and maybe I should have started with a different book. But I don't think I could even get myself to try anything else from this author.

  • Rod M.

    Fun book

  • Andrew F.

    The reader’s pacing is frustrating. Wish I could swap/return

  • Dave Schuyler

    It's a fun book. Lots of action. It's like a more modern pulp sci fi

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