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Deadhouse Gates Audiobook
Deadhouse Gates
Written by: 
Steven Erikson
Narrated by: 
Ralph Lister
Deadhouse Gates Audiobook

Deadhouse Gates: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by dark, uncontrollable magic, this thrilling novel of war, intrigue, and betrayal confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination, and originality - a new master of epic fantasy.

©2006 Steven Erikson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Give me the evocation of a rich, complex, and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. Give me a world in which every sea hides a crumbled Atlantis, every ruin has a tale to tell, every mattock blade is a silent legacy of struggles unknown. Give me, in other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson." (Andrew Leonard, Salon)

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    joshua cobleskill, NY, United States 10-21-13
    joshua cobleskill, NY, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book with alot of detail"
    What made the experience of listening to Deadhouse Gates the most enjoyable?

    The characters are well developed and the author vividly set the stage


    What other book might you compare Deadhouse Gates to and why?

    brent weeks shadow assassin series. The details and settings are deep in detail often overly vivid i detail.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    great reader sets the mood well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but impossible


    Any additional comments?

    great read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 09-01-13
    Deborah Papillion, NE, USA 09-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This series isn't complete. Yet."
    Any additional comments?

    Everyone is asking for more audiobook versions in the Malazan fallen series. I went to Brilliance Audio website and they will have "House of Chains" ready for release in December this year, and then the next book in the spring. Steven Eriksons fans will be so happy-- well I know I will. It's also fun to listen to previous books again and hear all the things I miss the first time through. Hope the news cheers you up. i have over 600 books from audible and I love this series. What a great writer. These plot lines are varied and not superficial. Encourages thinking. A rare thing these days. Ralph Lister is a darn good narrator. Separate voices for each character makes the experience fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helion Hendersonville, TN, United States 05-09-13
    Helion Hendersonville, TN, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not For The Faint Of Heart"
    Where does Deadhouse Gates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard question to answer. I have been eagerly awaiting this series on Audible because I enjoy epic fantasies more than any other genre. I have been buying each one of these book for my Dad after having read positive reviews, but I honestly do not have the time to read them. So I have chosen to simply listen to them every chance I get: early in the morning while fixing breakfast and while driving to work. I have found that I very much enjoy the performances of many of the narrators and they add a whole new dimension to these books.

    Once I started to listen to Steven Erikson's work, I have found a few things: One, he has the most astounding dominion of the English language I have ever witnessed. He has a way of saying things in such a singular, insightful manner that you find yourself identifying with thoughts described in a way that you know EXACTLY what they mean and can remember feeling the same way but could have never put it in such perfect words. Two, it requires you undivided attention. The nature of these characters is that they all seem to be quite clever and intelligent. Dialogue is often oblique and nothing is said in a straightforward manner. I do not mean that the author has a baroque style. Rather, you have to read between the lines and make conclusions yourself about what is happening. Miss two sentences and you can be totally lost. This is impressive in a way, but also frustrating because, for me at least, it was often difficult to follow the story. I am not kidding when I say that I may have to listen to this (and the other books I have read from this author) three times or more. Three, although he has the most admirable dominion of the language, there is something wrong with the pacing of this and his other books that I have listened to. They do not follow the conventional buildup and climax that you find in other stories. This results in a book that may be exceptional in many ways, but not exciting.

    I have also listened to "Gardens of the Moon" and "Forge of Darkness". I have found them all so far to suffer from the same problem with pacing, the lack of a satisfying climax. And yet they are all amazing stories that are complex and, above all, told in a truly exquisite and superior prose. Will I listen to any other of his books? Most likely. But after listening to "Deadhouse Gates", I definitely need a break and will listen to something that is not as heavy.


    What other book might you compare Deadhouse Gates to and why?

    I don't think I can compare it to anything else. The longer epic fantasies that I have listened to or read, such as "Wheel of Time", "Sword of Truth", "Belgariad/Malloreon" are not as ambitious nor as majestically told. Those other series, however, are definitely easier to digest and great in their own way.


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

    The narrator is great. I firmly believe that any good narrator adds another dimension to the story being read. He is good choosing voices for each character and complementing their personality with the delivery of the dialogue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible. I found myself needing to listen to this book in relatively short bites.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nathan 04-03-13
    nathan 04-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Moved to Tears"
    If you could sum up Deadhouse Gates in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal Sorrow Loyalty


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is difficult to choose a single character, as each has his or hers own intertwining story line. To do so is, in my opinion, crass and presumptuous.


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

    He is a great reader. One has to listen carefully though, as he tends to increase or decrease volume depending on character. I am able to follow characters on the voice alone.


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

    Coltaine's and Duiker's death.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Tutivillus

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    "MORE!"

    This series is dense, deep, rich and can be confusing if you're not paying attention. So many names, so many places and so many things going on. I would love to see the entire series on Audible (it would be nice to have a complete, long series ready to go!)

    I can't say too much that's negative, it's just all good! Characters are memorable and you invest yourself in their stories. The plot seems pretty solid, although I have no idea where it's going, yet. The writing is quite good and at times you feel the language elevate you to more emotion than you probably want while sitting in an office, listening to a book. And its scale is epic. A nice, long listen.

    Download it. Download it now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-13-13
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank You, Audible. Keep 'em Coming!"
    Any additional comments?

    I haven't started it yet, but I can't wait. Thank you Audible for picking the second book up. I hope you get the rest soon.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Izaguirre 06-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A must have!"

    I have fallen in live with this series of book. Thus far the characters are really well developed and have really great stories to them. lots of magic and excitement waits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua R. Gemmell 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    this is hands down the best book of the series. Has most of my favorite characters and Coltaine is a serious Bad A$$.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert K. Mayer 05-13-16
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    "Great"

    Here's the necessary fifteen words. Roses are red. Violets are blue. That should do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 04-13-16
    Bill 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tired tropes and bad writing"
    Any additional comments?

    Do you like books which talk about how amazing and awesome and big and tough and really bad ass one character is...and then do the same with another...and then another? Do you like solving problems by just adding bigger and badder and cooler heroes and bad guys? Do you like tired tropes and worn out characters? Then this book is for you.

    I can't believe this series has a good rating. The performance is mediocre at best. I've seen better writing from high school students. In fact, I've read pretty much everything in these books already- from high school students who watch too many bad movies and think that writing is just putting those ideas to language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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