We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Gardens of the Moon Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$17.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (4058 )
5 star
 (1743)
4 star
 (1133)
3 star
 (614)
2 star
 (285)
1 star
 (283)
Overall
3.9 (3685 )
5 star
 (1628)
4 star
 (941)
3 star
 (570)
2 star
 (273)
1 star
 (273)
Story
4.2 (3682 )
5 star
 (1986)
4 star
 (973)
3 star
 (421)
2 star
 (140)
1 star
 (162)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    M. Kennedy New York 09-25-16
    M. Kennedy New York 09-25-16 Listener Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "absolutely terrible!"

    confusing, difficult to follow, unsympathetic characters, and badly edited. Save your money. this book is an epic failure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyle 09-22-16
    Kyle 09-22-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    125
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Did I miss something??"

    I feel like I came into the middle of a series with this first book. I have no idea who the many characters are or what their role is...in fact, I'm not really sure what the plot is. I often find myself daydreaming rather being caught up in the story like

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 09-20-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Headline"

    Tense, barely plausible, plot held back then disgorged in bloody hunks. It's almost as tho the characters don't wish you to know. Each new arrival swopes, creeps or gallops in,bloody sweaty and with a tidbit,intriguing ,confusing,and meanwhile ,back at the ranch more incomprehensible events occur. After all ,ten more books coming. Canit up. This is not game

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C. Dixon Visalia,CA USA 09-20-16
    C. Dixon Visalia,CA USA 09-20-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deep, engrossing, complex, tough..."

    Great story. I started reading the book years ago but stopped because It seemed overwhelming. It was when I started listening to it on audiobooks that I was able to really dive in to it. Erickson doesn't hold your hand and gently ease you in to the story. You're put into it and the pieces come together, and you are rewarded, as you go further in to this complex story.
    I have the hard copy book and I have the audiobook. As I would listen I would reference the hard copy book often to familiarize myself with names and locations.
    The narration in this book is on point. Characters come to life and each one seems very individualized. The main reason I didn't rate this book at 5 stars was because of the steep learning curve. Having said that though, you are rewarded with a great story if you push through. I look forward to the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew 09-18-16
    Andrew 09-18-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book"

    This is an amazing book, but if you stop paying attention for a minute you will be lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 09-12-16
    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 09-12-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Requires your attention"
    Where does Gardens of the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gardens of the Moon has its own place in my list of fantasy favorites. It has more depth than most, it's edgy in a somewhat creepy way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gardens of the Moon?

    The character, Cropper, is a favorite!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a veteran of fantasy novels. To me, this book stands by itself delivering a unique listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Klint Keown 09-02-16
    Klint Keown 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Astounding!"

    Loved every minute. Finally found an author that writes fantasy as good or better than Tolkien. The narration is perfect. Characters have distinct voices, but the voice acting doesn't over shadow the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rob Dallas 08-24-16
    Rob Dallas 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good second half"

    The first half of this book is terrible. It is disjointed and inconsistent. The narrator also fails to pause between scenes or perspectives. The story improves in the second half and shows promise for the series as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Warren Keith Woods 08-22-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hard to follow, w/good segments"
    What would have made Gardens of the Moon better?

    Some way to better pull the story together. I am a visual person and as I read or listen to a story, I have to be able to see it in my head and understand what I am looking at. After 10 hours I had to restart the book because I had no idea what was going on or who the players really were. After another several hours I decided to put this one aside for now.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Erikson? Why or why not?

    I may try another one but with out a better way to understand what is going on, I wouldn't want to buy another one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I only got about 10 hours into the book so I don't have one.


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

    Disappointment, it really seemed like the makings of a good story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ethan Handy 08-20-16
    Ethan Handy 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great series!"

    I love the complexity, characters, and story itself. Not so much the narrator. You really need someone like Michael Kramer for this type of thing. Or Oliver Wyman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.