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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-24-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-24-15 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "GOOD AT DYING"

    CLAW, MAGE, HIGH MAGE, WHISKEY JACK, FIST, HIGH FIST, ONE ARM, MOONSPAWN...
    I read the hard cover years ago. I remember the book has having an exciting beginning but getting bogged down in details after that. I thought maybe if I heard someone else read it, I would understand it better. I was wrong. I was even more lost listening than reading. I suggest if you want to tackle this, get the hard back. Even then it is not my type of book. The author spends more time naming things and saying things, than telling a story.

    In the first hour the book takes the reader to two battlefields after the battles. The book describes the dead and the gore. I believe the first battlefield was enough to set the stage and than we should have been taken to an actual battle. This author spends too much time describing the scene and saying things that sound cool. He needs to spend more time developing the characters and the story. This is the equivalence of a Horror writer putting the word Blood in every other sentence, thinking that makes his story scary, in place of building suspense.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 11-02-12
    Ken 11-02-12 Member Since 2017

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "a great blend"

    Steven Erikson has a great way to merge several different magics into his novel. the magic is called warrens, most people can use there one warren. there is also his own version of taro cards called the deck of dragons. each warren is tied to a house in the deck.

    what happens when the ascendents of the warrens start to mess with the empire of Malazan? the house of shadows seems to be the main opposition to the empire. Oponn the twins of chance are up to something as well. Anomander Rake, with all his power is playing games from his moon. Why are the ascendents so interested in the empire, and why are the bridgeburners wanted to be eliminated.

    plots found inside plots, men fighting ascendents, ascendents fighting the empire. alliances are made and broken. and you can never trust anyone. This book has you listening to it over and over again

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tyrel centerville, UT, United States 10-25-12
    Tyrel centerville, UT, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Finally it is here."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend "Gardens of the Moon" to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy. This book is fast paced, with great characters. Just as complicated as George R.R. Martin, and Robert Jordan, but with a much faster pacing. The Magic is unique, and you can tell that Steven Erikson was a professor of anthropology.

    This is Grade A fantasy at its best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing of the story, it covers a lot of ground. I also have love for the Bridgeburners.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Quickben, and Kalem get ambushed by Anomander and company on the rooftops.


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

    Certain characters made me laugh, but it is a serious book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get the other 9 books of the main series on Audible asap!! ohh... and all the novellas of the Malazan world by Steven Erikson, and the ones by Ian C. Esslemont

    27 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Hyer 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't get it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book follows multiple characters but never truly pulls them into a story line that you will feel involved with. If you can't give this book 100% of your attention you will get lost real fast, I listened to the whole thing twice and was fully disappointed..... I probably will not listen to the rest of this series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Therese M. Adams 11-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent narration couldn't help the bad story"

    Don't waste time. Book was 80% complete before it became mildly interesting. Poor character development.

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    SMAC Austin, TX, United States 04-09-15
    SMAC Austin, TX, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A True Epic...I Hope."

    I don't know how I'd missed this, but I had. I actually found the recommendation for it on another, personal review site, which, too, would have been missed were it not for my recent draught of work from known authors. I persisted in my search for a new author, and realized that author might not actually be new. I found him.

    The reviewer warned all that the first book would be hard to follow. Indeed, I was told the story might be incomprehensible until well into the second book. I must admit having been put off at first. A great deal was happening. I felt like a styrofoam cup in the middle of a river that had recently burst its banks, a wild, torrentuous ride which could ultimately only affect me by crushing me to pieces.

    However, nearing the end, I felt completely in-the-know. Of course, having already generally resigned myself to accepting that which cannot be known, likely had a great deal to do with that. Were there still unanswered questions? Yes. Did I understand the many plots? No. But I was enjoying the story, and I had a firm grip on what was happening *now*, and thoroughly enjoying that I''d no idea what was going to happen next. I didn't actually know how rare that was until this book. I thought I'd experienced it, but not fully.

    I'm also told this series is quite large. Normally, that would excite me, but I'm actually a little afraid that I've entered a world much larger than Westeros, and that it might be too big. Right now, I love what I don't know, but it seems highly possible that I won't ever know a great deal.

    However, I'm rating this book. This one book, and it was very well done. One could argue the depth of meaning was completely accidental, but who cares how it was designed? A snowflake is a snowflake.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Viktor 04-21-14
    Viktor 04-21-14
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    "Wordy, breathlessly narrated, convoluted"

    I have seen this series recommended everywhere and so i thought I might give it a shot.

    I completely regret that. I have forced myself through it, because some people have said it gets better, but it really doesn't.

    Maybe i'm too used to people like brandon sanderson who build internally consistent worlds and don't rely on the Tolkienesque deus ex-machina school of world building. In this book, everything can happen, everybody is a god, people randomly "shift souls", there are a ton of beings that are multiple millenia old.

    The whole world makes no sense, the motivation of the people is completely nonsensical, everybody is magic, but it devolves into a dragon ball z type contest, where the next confrontation is even MORE MAGIC! rinse and repeat.

    I'm used to complicated books, I read a ton of fantasy, maybe this isn't a good book as an audiobook (because the narrator constantly sounds out of breath and his constant super emphatic style where everything is super important makes you just annoyed), but I have devoured Anathem by Neal Stephenson as an audiobook and that was far more complex in the topics discussed.

    This book on the other hand was basically just magical word salad. And if the character was needed as a plot device in the next chapter a thingamajig kept him alive or not. and then he used a god as a pawn, or not. and then the gods use the mortals as chess pieces except when they don't.

    The book is especially bad because I listened to it after words of radiance, which is an absolutely fantastic book.

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    Arthur 12-21-13
    Arthur 12-21-13
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    "Don't Listen While Driving!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    ***This book requires your full attention!!!*** My husband recommended it to me since I enjoyed the Song of Ice and Fire series so much, but most of my listening is done while driving long distances to work. (I'm talking about 3 hours each way sometimes.) Bad idea. I think I listened to the first 4 hours 3 times and still had trouble following the story and timeline. I ended up reading the book which was much more enjoyable and easy to follow since it had my full attention and it turned out to be a wonderful book. And perhaps I am just more of a visual person when it comes to complex stories of this nature.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 05-09-13
    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!

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    "Not For Me"

    I tried, I really did, I'm 4 hours in and have absolutely no clue, I don't know, maybe it's my listening style but I continually reset and listened again. Perhaps it is the narration or my habit of listening in short bursts, I'm totally lost, after 7 days of trying, many resets and no idea of the plot or ability to follow the characters, I finally gave up.

    Of course, "your mileage may vary"

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13
    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Takes time to get into the story"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little more explanation of the world upfront. I understand that like a lot of hard sci-fi and fantasy that they just thrust you into the world, but I was more than halfway through the book when I realized some basic tenets of their world.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was really spectacular. There are a ton of characters in this book, yet I felt I recognized each by their voice alone as soon as one spoke. Each character's voice really befit their character as well. I feel this is a good introduction to what may be a great series. My only complaint is that it really takes a while for the story to start making sense. He doesn't give much in the way of explanation of what is occurring in the first half of the book, and uses a lot of fantasy words he makes up for the story. I was utterly clueless about what was going on for the first 12 hours of the audiobook, but I am glad I stuck with it. He does eventually pull all those threads together into an impressive climax, and you are left wanting more. That's good, because now I have 9 books to go!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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