I liked the book but it wasn't until close to the end that I figured out what was going on. The book switched to different scenes without notice and I often had to back up the audio and really concentrate on what the narrator said to understand that he was reading about different characters in a different setting.
In spite of a great narration, this is one of those books that needs to be read instead of listened. It's simply too large, with too many characters, and too many subplots, to be easily consumed in the audiobook format. I'm going to get the kindle version and re-read it, to see if I want to continue with this series or not.
I have some other problems with the book, but I'm going to hold off on those feelings until I've read the kindle version. I may feel differently after reading the book with my own eyes. For now I'll just say, buy the paper or kindle version. Not the audiobook.
incredible works created by Steven Erikson!! can't recommend it highly enough. I've read countless fantasy tales and yet this one is new in almost every way but reminiscent of others in its epic character driven ways! don't miss out on this story!
The story jumps around a lot making it hard to follow. It makes it hard to become invested into the characters. It isn't a bad book and I can see how some would like it, but it isn't for me.
This is by far the most complex yet rewarding fantasy epic I have ever read. Having read it six times from front to back I can say that each time I have discovered new layers, absolutely brilliant.
I've been trying to read this book for years. It's immersion style of story telling is frustrating, and you constantly feel like your missing something new.
But after buckling down and reading it multiple times. You wonder how you ever went so long without finishing.
It's taken about a week and a half, which for me is 5-6 days longer than typical. But I will say it's worth it, and I will read more.
I'd never seen this writer or his series. What a wonderful accident to stumble upon Gardens of the Moon. I would recommend this series to any who enjoy magic and monsters.
You are thrown into the middle of a war without an explanation of who or what you are listening to. The places and names of the story are very foreign and I believe for someone familiar with this Genre and world could potentially be something fun to listen to but with a guide. Too many complex story lines and character developments take place all at once it would seem the writer expects fore knowledge of the entire world before you begin this world leaving someone brand new to the author nothing to reference. The voice actor does not make adequate pauses to signal one story line ending and another beginning as it would seem the book's structure is required to understand the plot as well
Probably not as it just seems like this was written to debut a game or something requiring a lot of prior knowledge
Too dry, not enough character presentation and separation. I could not pick out the character's prose based on voice completely confounding the already very complex story line
This book sounded like a lot of work, planning, and rewrites went into it and it might be a good book to read not to listen to
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.
That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.
One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.
This book takes a long time to get going partly because of the number of characters. By the end I'd found a few I liked enough that I'll pick up the sequel if it's ever on sale. But there are enough other books that I'd recommend saving your credits.