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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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    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.

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    josh at least one more day 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen actively"

    This is s great story of continuing redevelopment. Every character grows and learns and then changes with each experience. Characters I liked in the beginning I found I disliked by the end. This is action filled but don't zone out or you'll miss input that's critical to understanding the story

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    Sam 04-05-16
    Sam 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it"

    These books are getting better and better. After thinking I've listened to all the good fantasy series, I'm so happy to find another great one. This series is truly original, and is possibly my favorite. The complexity of knowing all the names and places is a test for me - one that I will continue to work and improve on, and enjoy doing so. Google helps if you ever forget a name. I love everything about these books! 5/5!

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    Wilder 03-25-16
    Wilder 03-25-16
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    "great narrator"

    Great narrator great book the narrator really did amazing job with all the voice acting

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    Mister E. Nigma 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Improvement over GoTM."

    This audiobook improved in both story and performance over Gardens of the Moon. I feel like Lister had a better handle on differentiating voices between the characters. I half-listened to / half-read this book, and enjoyed the story more than the first. If you were on the fence about continuing this book, I would go for it.

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    Robert 02-12-16
    Robert 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Suffering, Death, Rebirth...Cool!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story that kept me guessing and more important kept me coming back for more.


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    Bliz is dead 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a drag!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think that anyone would disagree that Steven Erikson is an exceptional writer, so getting that out of the way first, let me just say: Every trite historical detail about every little mundane thing bores the crap out of me. I'm not saying it's garbage or bad because of this, he writes with a greatly all encompassing style and you can tell he wants his world to be very detailed. I'm just saying, dragging myself through boring chapter after boring chapter about a bunch of characters I really don't care about just to hear more about the one or two I do, or for that one battle that is so awesome and beyond the scope of other writers, WAS SUCH A STRENUOUS TASK, I'm not sure if I'll continue to the next book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadhouse Gates?

    The hounds are awesome, Kalam is awesome. That's about it imo, if you're like me that's all you'll get out of this book, so beware, it's probably about 4 chapters worth of the really good stuff.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Ralph Lister is fantastic, hands down, right up there with steven pacey, he's great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm definitely going to try to find someone's review with more knowledge of the series to find out if it's worth it or not, cause this book dragged so much I really wouldn't bother if the rest of them are like this one.

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    Viktor 11-02-15
    Viktor 11-02-15
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    "Read it, don't listen to it"

    I actually started the first Malazan Book as an audiobook quite a while ago. I hated it, it was an absolute slog to get through and I was constantly lost. Then a few months back I bought it as an ebook on a whim and loved it! I bought the second book , deadhouse gates, as an ebook as well and really enjoyed it, and about a third of the way in I bought the audiobook due to the reduced price and because I wanted to check out whispersync.

    Long story short: These books are hard to listen to. The performance is decent enough, but the way it is written makes them uniquely geared towards actually reading them. the switching viewpoints, the difference between inner monologues and dialogues, the complicated names, all of these factors make it really hard to enjoy this book purely in the spoken form.

    My recommendation: Read these books, don't listen to them (at least not exclusively).

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    Arne 10-23-15
    Arne 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex."

    Had to listen too it two times , lot's of charcters and places to keep track on.

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    DannyJohn 08-02-15
    DannyJohn 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Deadhouse Gates"

    Book 2 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Ralph Lister does a great job reading the book by adjusting his voice to the various characters etc....only 8 books to go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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