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  • House of Chains: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (286)

    In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

    Armand says: "Write Brilliance Audio to get Ralph Lister back!"
    "Viewing a landscape through a keyhole."
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    What did you love best about House of Chains?

    Erikson's ability to construct the rich and historically vast world that is unveiled to us through his endearing character's adventures is mastery.


    What other book might you compare House of Chains to and why?

    This is a parallel closest to the Deadhouse Gates in terms of timeline and the continent it mostly takes place on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Page?

    Absolutely change the narrator. Micheal Page tries but his range is too narrow to even attempt to pull this off. He mindless ploughs through the deadpan humor of the soldiers and doesn't grasp the subtle performance needed to breathe life into dialogue. He approaches every interaction from the same perspective and it unfortunately removes any identity from the characters whilst making the scenes seem repetitive. But Mr. Page is not to blame, Brilliance Audio gets an F for not recognizing that this was not a good match.


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

    The scenes that would have moved me were lost in the abyss of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Huge fan of the series. Don't think I'll subject my beloved characters to anymore of this narration. If the plan was to release these over the next couple of years, its a stupid policy. Re-record these wonderful books and allow some life back into the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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