If they could have built up the story line better
He did a good job on a bad story
After 10 hours of trying to get into the story, I had to give up. I started from the beginning 3 times. You just don't get attached to any of the characters so its hard to stick with all of the bouncing around. Lots of story lines but none good enough to cause you to want to listen. Maybe it's better if you read it.
Character and plot development is bland to the point that, even almost half way through the book, I am unsure of what, exactly, is going on and I don't have a clear enough connection to any of the characters to know if I like or dislike them. To be sure, I have an idea on what is going on, and I know most of the main players, but I don't have a any kind of intimate connection with either the story or any of the characters in the story.
I hate his voices. Many sound very similar and his range of emotion seems limited to a sort of whining or gruff, surely, angriness.
I am a bit confused, at this point, as to how this is so popular. I picked it up because, it was said, that if you liked "ASOIaF", you'd like this. Um, no. Martin, even though he builds a pretty large world, with an extensive history that you learn about along the way, populated with several characters and many concurrent story lines, makes you care enough about the story and characters to WANT to keep listening/reading. With this book, I find my mind wandering while I'm listening; I just don't care what's happening.
Maybe, it is a book that must be read to be enjoyed; I don't know. I'm not impressed at this point.
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
I guess I am in the minority here. I just never felt invested in any of the characters enough to care what happened to them. I listened to 16 hours of it but just found myself daydreaming too often. The writing is fairly good, but the plot is too buried for my liking, if there is one. The story begins from too many distant strains and just never seemed to really merge. I'm sure they end up together, but I just never could get into it.
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
That is a definite maybe. But probably not. Right now I don't know how I will go on to listen to the next two.
This book had all the makings of a fantastic book. Without the story. So what's wrong with the story? It doesn't really exist. You're pulled into it without context, description, direction or any sense for what anyone is doing beyond their present actions. You have no ability to sense the gravity of the moment or have any emotional attachment to what's going on. At one point there's what seems should be a dramatic scene and he says "The day of the Tiste Andii has come!" It has the same gravity as "DUH DUH DUUHHHHHH... Bob is acutely pissed." Maybe it's different when you can sit down and slowly read it but there are some many seemingly mindless facts, names, places, etc. that when the time comes that those things are important you've completely forgotten what they are or just don't realize why you should care.
There's a dramatic fight scene at one point on the roofs of Darujistan which Anomander Rake joins. You find out he's a bit of a bad@ss. Well, actually you don't. You don't know it's him. Later in the book you find out it was him and then you're like... oh... ok? Well I guess he's a bad@ss.
Frustration. Boredom. I found myself easily distracted and wanting to do something else other than listen to the book.
There are far more enjoyable books out there. If you really geek out on technicals - if you LOVED the Silmarillion.. then maybe this book is for you. Just remember you'd have to love the Silmarillion without reading any of the other Tolkien books first! That would be a similar experience I think.
Disappointment and boredome
Maybe too many characters introduced...maybe I couldn't keep up...maybe its as simple as I couldn't get interested.
I tried this book on a whim and was I blown away. It takes a while to get used to the author's style but once I started following the way he writes I really enjoyed it. It has classic heroes and bad guys and people who you don't know what they are, the characters are unique and interesting and the narrator does a good job of putting voices to the characters. I really enjoyed this book.
1. Brutal - The world the Malazans novels is brutal and hard, there is no black and white here, everybody is a moral shade of gray. 2. Harsh - Conquering armies squashing resistance, coups, set-ups, the world of the Malazans is a no holds barred fistfight of human and non-human races all vying for dominance. 3. Unforgiving - No character is guaranteed a free ride to glory in this world. Every man for himself in a battle royal of human and non-human political maneuvering and warfare.
I liked Ralph Lister but I only gave him 4 stars for this book. I felt he had a few characters a little bit off from what I imagined them (I had read six of the books before). I will say that he improves these characters along with adding a few new voice in Book 2 and by Book 3 he is a slam dunk 5 star performer. Book 3 is one of the best performed book I've ever heard. That is why I am saddened that he is not scheduled to do the rest of the series. For those who know who Kruppe is, Lister completely nails his character and had me laughing aloud continually during his parts.
The Malazan series is not an easy read. You are dropped right into a world in a specific time in its history with no knowledge of how the magic system works, who all the players are, who the non-humanoid creatures are, etc. It takes a while to get the hang of what is going on, but once you do Gardens of the Moon is a tale well worth waiting to see played out. Interestingly, I had read 6 of the 10 books previously and had struggled with some of them. But, I thought Gardens of the Moon as well as Book 2 and Book 3 read in audiobook format much smoother. The jumps between characters and even continents really read well through the audio, much smoother and clearer than what I remember when actually reading them. If you like high/epic type fantasy and aren't afraid of a harsh, unforgiving and sometimes brutal world of injustice and indifference then the world of the Malazans is a worthwhile investment.
I don't know how I missed Erikson for all these years, but the Malazan books are without par. In the vein of Cook's Black Company, but so much more. George R.R. Martin lost his way as did Robert Jordan building up tales that became so complex they became lost in their own detail. Not Erikson - these tales are action filled yarns with characters you care about.
Deadhouse Gates is a great introduction to this meaty tale. The naration is top notch.
Take it from a lifelong fantasy geek, these books are a great listen.
One caveat, only three of the 10 books are available and Brilliance Audio does not show book 4 available until December 2013.
A little more explanation of the world upfront. I understand that like a lot of hard sci-fi and fantasy that they just thrust you into the world, but I was more than halfway through the book when I realized some basic tenets of their world.
The performance was really spectacular. There are a ton of characters in this book, yet I felt I recognized each by their voice alone as soon as one spoke. Each character's voice really befit their character as well. I feel this is a good introduction to what may be a great series. My only complaint is that it really takes a while for the story to start making sense. He doesn't give much in the way of explanation of what is occurring in the first half of the book, and uses a lot of fantasy words he makes up for the story. I was utterly clueless about what was going on for the first 12 hours of the audiobook, but I am glad I stuck with it. He does eventually pull all those threads together into an impressive climax, and you are left wanting more. That's good, because now I have 9 books to go!
I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.
I enjoyed how the characters end up intertwining and the characters themselves and the overall story arch.
While I'm interested in Quick Ben, I'd have to say my favorite ended up being Cropper. Lots of personality, at times the character made me smirk and some surprises made him even better.
I have not, however he did very well.
I'd have to say Croakus's (probably spelled the name incorrectly) love interests were a touch moving.
The only minor problems I found was that until about half way through the book, the constant adding on of all sorts of characters made it hard to keep track and even focus with the book, also it's the kind of book that very abruptly changes over to another characters story or continuation there of. There are a LOT of characters in the book. I got used to it after a long while, but it was frustrating at first. Otherwise the book is beautifully written.