• The Algebraist

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-09-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (171 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Raj on 11-20-17

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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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-01-18

Not the author's best work.

Worth a listen, but don't count on getting blown away. Tone and story are flippant.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Toadjuggler on 02-03-18

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

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 Matthew willey on 11-27-17

Fantastic addition to the Iain M. Banks Audiobook

Thank goodness audible returned to this book and decided to re-record an unabridged version of it. Having had the abridged for many years I now realise what I have been missing.
There are many intersecting storylines and only together do you get as good impression of the novel as a whole. There is one scene in particular, where a couple stand looking at an evening sky, and begin to see bright points of light appear. It's a sign of terrible things but it is months away still, and their calm evening continues. Touches like that are brought back to life in this new version.
The narration is good and well paced, the range of voices is wide but not over emphatic. I will forever know the system as "Ooloobis" rather than his pronunciation "Ullabis" but I can live with that.
Without having prior knowledge of the book, the abridged version would be almost incomprehensible. This is a lovely reintroduction to a vast, sprawling classic.
Thanks guys!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 04-01-18

This will no doubt become a classic.

Where does The Algebraist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Possibly the best so far. I have read the book (twice so far) and enjoyed the audio book. It is interesting to hear an audio book from a book you know well.

What other book might you compare The Algebraist to, and why?

I would compare it to Dune. This may seem far fetched, but the underlying theme in regards to artificial intelligence in both works in a vast and complex environments.

What does Geoff Annis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think so. Despite having read the book at least twice, there were quite a few times I better understood what was going on in. I liked his dweller voices, they were so much like what I imagined what they were like when I read it.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This would have to be a Series, I don't think you could do this in just a single movie.

Any additional comments?

I think this work is better than his culture novels, even "Excision" my favourite. It paints a great picture of a dysfunctional multi-species society, and the strange chaotic world of the dwellers. Throw in a heinous villain, add mysterious worm holes run by the dwellers and throw in some unexpected AI's and you have a great yarn.

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