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Gardens of the Moon Audiobook

Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand....

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order - an enthralling adventure by an outstanding voice.

©1999 Steven Erikson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny’s Amber, Vance’s Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon’s hoard." (Glen Cook)

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    Amazon Customer 01-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't follow story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The person that would enjoy this book is someone that could plot out on paper all the characters and the basic story. You just don't get it from normal reading.


    Has Gardens of the Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has not turned me off of the genre, just willing to read more reviews of the books I choose to read in an effort not to make this mistake again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not the narrator's fault that I didn't enjoy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The author tries to write too big and misses laying the basic foundation of who is good and who is evil in this story. I truly had no idea who all the hundreds of characters were that I was supposed to follow.

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    Judith 01-21-17
    Judith 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "what a mess"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine


    What could Steven Erikson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    made the story line comprehensive


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was fine


    Any additional comments?

    I love fantasy but couldn't figure out or follow anything that resembled an actural story line. I listened to 15 parts and the first 5 about 4 times. Thought I was losing my mind. and then we have puppet and twin death guy and wizards and who knows what else. I couldn't figure out anything about a connection to anything.

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    John 01-13-17
    John 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Every character has his or her own voice and it breathes a new life to my imagination of this series. Well done!

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    Aaron Dyer Texas 01-11-17
    Aaron Dyer Texas 01-11-17 Member Since 2015

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    "I just couldn't finish, i didn't care"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I got through about 3/4 of the book and just couldn't continue. I was told by many the series picks up and gets better in the second book but i just didn't care. I had no interest in the characters or what they were doing. Nothing at any point grabbed my attention. That said some might really enjoy this book and series, its a little slower than i like and has a LOT of characters.


    Has Gardens of the Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


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

    I really wanted to like this series, definitely disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 01-10-17
    Gary 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great books"

    love this series great storyline with all sorts of different characters and lots of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coleen Johnston 01-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to follow"
    Where does Gardens of the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unfortunately down near the bottom. I had to listen to it twice before I finally felt like I knew what was going on. This is a book I think should be read first before listening to it. It jumps around between so many different characters and there is no obvious transition in the narration so it takes a bit to figure out you are with someone different. Also the background story is very hard to figure out. I'm into the second book and still confused as to who is on which side.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. There is really no getting to know any one character very well before it switches to another. If I had to pick it would be Crocus- the boy thief.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Good with the voice changes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book before you listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yvette 12-29-16
    yvette 12-29-16
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    "Engaging, inventive. D&D plyrs wil love the series"

    Fantastic, well written and comical, this is a softer and slower start to an amazing series. The books get darker as the story and history of this world unfolds, but there are moments when I burst out laughing at the antics and conversations between characters. There are a plethora of characters with intertwining stories, it can be hard to get into at first, especially with the history that is included. But please give it a chance. I was hesitant at first, but this has been the fourth time I've listened through the whole series and I still catch things I've missed before that makes it all the more enjoyable. The conversations and battles are both equally engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TLRJohnny 12-26-16
    TLRJohnny 12-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Might be a great story but I couldn't follow it"

    I really struggled to follow this story. I had a feeling that it might have been amazing, but I just couldn't
    figure out who was aligned with whom or against whom. I generally do well with following stories via listening, but this was one that I needed to probably read with my eyes. In the end, I felt frustrated and confused.

    That being said, there were some excellent characters and some very original ideas and scenes - it was these that kept me from quitting before the finish, though I was THIS close to bailing at least a dozen times.

    All of which is to say that I didn't really enjoy the experience overall, but I don't necessarily blame the author, who clearly has great skill and a fantastic imagination. If you're going to read this one, take notes on characters and their relationships and give it your full attention.

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    Jon 12-19-16
    Jon 12-19-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to follow"

    The performance is fine. The voice performer does a good job with a story that meandered so much it was hard to follow. I didn't feel engaged with any of the characters. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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    Mohamad 12-18-16
    Mohamad 12-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't make up my mind"

    First the narration; not bad, but there is no perceptible pause when we transition from scene to scene, leaving you confused for a few seconds before you realize you've shifted perspectives/locations. I really hope the production team fixes this in subsequent books.

    Regarding the writing; while the book is infuriating at times, especially given that there is little explaining done regarding the races, magic system, history, etc., I'm planning on finishing this series because my curiosity has been piqued.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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