The Algebraist

  • von Iain M. Banks
  • Sprecher: Anton Lesser
  • 7 Std. 42 Min.
  • gekürztes Hörbuch


It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young, and fighting pointless formal wars. Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of, part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony, Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes, a war draws closer, a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.
As complex, turbulent, flamboyant, and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, the new science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.



"Once again Banks is having enormous fun with space opera, and his exuberant enjoyment is infectious. Highly readable stuff." (


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That was short...

...and after looking at the article description for a second time, I notice: It is the abridged version! I didn't expect this, because all the other Iain M. Banks audio books come in the unabridged variety. There seems to be no unabridged version of this title available (even on, which is a pity.

Is it good, nevertheless? It depends.

The reader is an unexpected one (Anton Lesser instead of Peter Kenny), which took me by surprise. He does a fairly good job, with one great exception: Giving all members of the dweller race a voice like a mumbling, droning walrus in slowmo wasn't that good a choice. Listening to dialogs involving one or more of them (and there are lots of these dialogs, as most of the story takes place on dweller planets) is a pain in the ear.

Marking the chapters by some ding dong synthesizer music has been the other bad choice, but one gets used to this.

Regarding the story itself: It definitely is not one of Banks' best, but still stands out among most of the other SF. The character and story development is a bit on the hasty side, but that in hindsight is explained by being the abridged version.

So: As long as there is no unabridged version available, it is better to list to this one than skipping the book entirely. If it becomes available at some point in the future, go for the unabridged version, which most probably would have earned 5 stars instead of 4 in the "Story" category.
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- Ingo Guenther

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.02.2006
  • Verlag: Hachette Audio UK