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Brandon

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  • Memories of Ice: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (486)

    The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old - the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen.

    Jacob says: "Really deep world and deeper mysteries."
    "Best audiobook I've listened to."
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    If you could sum up Memories of Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Action, Struggle, Incredible.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Ralph is always outstanding. I would consider him one of, if not the best narrator I've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes from Toc the Younger and the description of T'ool and the Seguleh and their skill are really great for me.


    Any additional comments?

    So far this book is a front runner for best audiobook that I've listened to. The action and pace is steady even while maintaining the most fleshed out setting, history, atmosphere of any series of books I've ever read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1391)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Great book, great performance."
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    What did you love best about Gardens of the Moon?

    The in depth pervasive environment, history, well fleshed out characters. It's an epic fantasy realm unlike any other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The kick-off to a great series!


    What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is probably one of the better readers I've listened to, perhaps the best. The Malazan books are full of different cultures, characters, languages, etc. and I think the reader does a great job at trying to create different accents, styles of speach, and attitudes for each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The first 30+ hour movie!


    Any additional comments?

    Why did he give Khalam a nasaly voice?! I am seriously holding this against the reader. I imagine Khalam as almost Khal Drogo-ish type of character and the reader makes him sound like British Milhouse from the simpsons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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