This is the best fantasy series ever, hands down. I have read the physical books at least 5 times, and I have been awaiting an audiobook since my first time. Ralph Lister does an amazing job with the many, many characters, whose voices are often described in the text, and he reads the story with the drama it deserves. I highly recommend this book, and this audiobook, get both!
I read the print version of this book over 10 years ago. I remember enjoying it, but for various reasons had to read it in bits and pieces and lost track of the story. I decided to come back to it again and am so glad I did. The story is compelling and the narrator helps to make the already intriguing characters come to life. Thoroughly enjoyed this listen! Just waiting for DeadHouse Gates now. How about it Audible?? I hope Ralph Lister is working on it.
When I first read the blurb for this book I thought it was right up my alley. Epic fantasy, complex plot, large cast of characters, intrigue etc, etc. Unfortunately, the book itself did not live up to expectations.
Indeed, the only reason I stuck with this book to the end was due to the large number of reviews saying that it would be worth it.
I've read and enjoyed titles by Jordan, Martin etc, so don't get me wrong I know a complex storyline when I hear it.
There is no doubt that this book is complicated. At the start we are thrown in head first to, what seems on the face of it, the middle of a story. We are introduced to a large number of characters very quickly. We know nothing of their history, allegiances or motivations. Over time things do settle down a bit and by the middle of the book you feel that you are finally getting to grips with things.
Unfortunately the problem is that things just don't develop from there. The story just seems to drift on with no obvious goal. Various gods and mythical characters make cameo appearances, and at times it just feels they were introduced just for the sake of it.
There seems to be several different magic systems in use, but none of them are ever properly explained ... it just seems to happen.
Another significant problem I have with the book is there isn't really one character that you particularly like. Its always difficult to invest time and effort in a book when you don't really care all that much what happens to the protagonists.
Finally, the narrator really doesn't help the book at all. His interpretation of female voices is just awful and he has a habit of fading away at the end of sentences which makes hearing what he is saying quite difficult.
So, all and all, I won't be continuing with this series.
The stylish narrative keeps you hooked. Although the book is intense reading with hundreds of characters and parallel story lines , individual characters are perfectly sketched to give you a real sense of the story as a whole.
Ralph Lister 's reading style actually helped me identify the many different characters and made what might otherwise have been an arduous audio book experience, extremely enjoyable.
Student: full time, accountant: part time, listener: all times.
The wealth of characters, all of which had amazing voices from Lister, made this a very fun listen.
I enjoyed a lot of slight details the author threw in, my favorite example is a bit of a spoiler, but Erikson definitely knows how to link the various stories occurring in the book.
Kruppe is the best for sure, he's more or less that one crazy friend we all have, really fun to listen to.
Tattersail's fate is fairly emotional, don't want to spoil anything though!
It will take you some time to get into (like most Fantasy/Sci-Fi) but if you can stick with it, you'll enjoy yourself immensely.
As always, I was immediately swept away, reveling in the well-developed plot and fascinating characters. It's great to revisit old 'friends' and meet new ones. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment.
For Ralph Lister, absolutely, he's did a great job with a story that was just hard to follow. As far as Erikson...I'm not sure, it would depend on the reviews, this story which I had very high hopes for turned out to just not quite be for me.
I felt like I never quite really connected to the characters until the last 4 or 5 hours of the audiobook. I kept going in hopes that I would get more invested in the story, but it just felt shallow...I felt left out as the reader, like I wasn't pulled in and personally invested in the story.
He did a great job narrating the story, he gave awesome inflection and emotion when the story begged for it. It was a tough read for him though...the story wasn't deep enough to pull the reader in, I feel like he did the best he could with what he had.
I was disappointed. I really wanted to like this series, I just didn't feel like I was able to connect with the characters, they were never humanized.
This series has the grit of Glen Cook, the intrigue of Game of Thrones (GRRM), and a sense of loss as profound as that of a Memory of Light (Robert Jorden/Brandon Sanderson). This book can be a bit heavy for some because the introduction to the world is not the best. However, if you can get past the beginning, you will find a truly memorable series with some of the saddest moments of a book series.
The fatalism of the soldiers. The betrayal at pale.
Overall, Ralph is a great narrator. I've heard a few as I have a large collection of audiobooks in my library. Ralph is definitely one of the better narrators.
Fatalism. Hope. Can one squad of soldiers, against the world, save the very world they are fighting against?
Booya. Actually though, you'll be doing yourself a huge disservice if you pass up this series. I've found my eyes wet when reading only a few books; Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, Memories of Light, Book 15 of the Dresden Files, and this series.
I will not attempt to read any more books in this series.
A book should flow easily. After listening to chapters 1-8 twice, I decided that was enough.
I truly tried but absolutely could not get into this book. I love a good syfi. This book was an unpleasant effort.
Eliminate the too frequent jumps from character to character without a clear break point. Very easy to get lost - to the point of annoyance.
So hard to track.
He did a decent job
Meh...could not finish it.