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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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    Robert LINDEN, NJ, United States 11-27-12
    Robert LINDEN, NJ, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "MORE!"

    Great book Period. Can't wait for the next nine books to come out the wait is going to hurt a lot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Mcqueeney, TX, United States 11-06-12
    Michael Mcqueeney, TX, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't always listen to my books, but when I do.. I listen to Audible.

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    "Great book, good reading, need MORE"

    I really enjoyed this book. I am fairly new to audiobooks, and completely new to Erikson. I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised. An interesting world, it takes some getting used too but once your are IN, well, it's hard to get out. The world is hard, gritty and tumultous. The narrator gives a good performance, distinct voices for most major characters. This is the first performance I have been graced with by Lister, and outside of minor quibbles with some pronunciation (likely due to different nationalities) I truly enjoyed his reading. The biggest problem is that there is NOT MORE!! This is the first of many books in a series, and unfortunately the only one on audible.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    howard 10-07-12
    howard 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Steven Erikson is a King among story tellers"

    I have read the Malazan Book of the Fallen series in paperback. I enjoyed them so much that I plan to listen to each of the audio books as they are made available.

    Thank you so much Audible.com for making Erikson part of my audio library.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 04-14-13
    Nancy 04-14-13
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    "Couldn't finish"
    What would have made Gardens of the Moon better?

    If they could have built up the story line better


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

    No


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

    He did a good job on a bad story


    Any additional comments?

    After 10 hours of trying to get into the story, I had to give up. I started from the beginning 3 times. You just don't get attached to any of the characters so its hard to stick with all of the bouncing around. Lots of story lines but none good enough to cause you to want to listen. Maybe it's better if you read it.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wild 10-12-12
    Wild 10-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining and I want more."
    What made the experience of listening to Gardens of the Moon the most enjoyable?

    I want more from this author and this series available on audible. I have to drive/travel a lot for my job, hours at a time and I love to listen to entertaining books that are over 20 hrs. Please add the rest of the series.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moon 03-30-13
    Scott Moon 03-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I am hoping the rest of the series is better."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I recommended this book to a friend, I would warn them of its complexity and uneven writing. The world building is impressive, but there are too many view points that are confusing. The plot wanders.


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

    Ralph Lister did an outstanding job reading this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard the books get better.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lewis San Francisco, CA USA 03-07-13
    Brian Lewis San Francisco, CA USA 03-07-13 Member Since 2015

    Brian L.

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    "Rough around the edges"

    I love fantasy, and I like listening to complicated and dry things. Honestly, I found this book kind of a slog, and I can't decide whether I'll tune in for book two.

    The good:
    Interesting, well drawn world. Unique and compelling use of the supernatural. Tons of promise in the relationship between deities and mortals. Potentially interesting story. Really comes alive in the third act, and by the end I completely believed that a lot of the foreshadowing and hinting will bear interesting fruit in future books. A few characters were well drawn and interesting (loved Kruppe, like Tool).

    The bad:
    I don't believe the society at all. It feels like an excuse to house various fantasy tropes.
    I don't believe the motivations of any of the characters, seen or unseen. The author doesn't seem to know how to write for deep emotions, or how to realistically grow relationships among characters. Sometimes, bam, they're in love. Sometimes, bam, they're angry at each other. Bam, angst that we're supposed to relate to somehow. It's just out of the blue more often than not.
    Often, characters simply deduce things they could not possibly know to advance the plot. This could just be me missing things, but I feel like the book doesn't always take the time to explain things when it should. For example, we hear the word "Otataral" as an adjective for several hours before anyone tells us it's a special mineral. Took me forever to figure out that a Jaghut Tyrant was not a Jaghut that happened to be a tyrant. Is a hound bad? What's a finnest? What's a Bridge Burner, and why do I care? What's a Tiste Andii? Could we spend a little time on how warrens work, and what a path is? Things like that. Robs many scenes of drama until you can piece together what's what. Some of this stuff would be easier if you could read what was capitalized.
    Writing is sometimes suspect.

    On the reader side:
    One major problem here. The book shifts from character to character without headings. Instead, there's an extra line between paragraphs marking the end and beginning of a character perspective. The reader does not pause at all at these transitions (in fact, he goes a little faster), and so it's easy to miss them.
    Separately, sometimes, I think the reader is unsure of what the character is feeling when it talks. I don't think he pulls off "Sorry" for this reason.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis :-) 05-17-16
    Alexis :-) 05-17-16 Member Since 2014

    Book Addict and a Fantasy Fanatic!

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    "Like a sleeping pill..."

    I can't finish this book. I've started reading it 4 times. On this last try I even got to Chapter 6... 2 hours into the audible version. But it's so extremely boring that it literally puts me to sleep.

    The story jumps around from characters and in time. There was a spark of interest when the hell hounds first appeared but it died quickly and was lot in a lot of meaningless conversation.

    I've heard this is a great series... and I'm sure if I could finish the book it will make up for the slow start... but I cant. Forgive me Book Goddess, but I just can't force this pill down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 04-13-16
    Bill 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really not very good"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe anyone with any sense of craft would ever give these books a good rating. I read two of them. Both are rife with bad writing, lazy storytelling, ridiculous characters and tired tropes. Its not as bad as the Twilight series, but its pretty close.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rossi 03-28-16
    M. Rossi 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unusual plot structure, everything else boring"
    Would you try another book from Steven Erikson and/or Ralph Lister?

    No I would not


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

    Be a talented writer


    What three words best describe Ralph Lister’s voice?

    Rich, slightly grizzled


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

    Disappointment, slight anger


    Any additional comments?

    Just another in a long line of boring, massive fantasy series. All characters are disengaged, poorly described, and interchangeable. If you like the Wheel of Time series, or A Song of Ice and Fire, you may like this. But rest assured you will encounter the same character types, Capitalized Important Words of Significance, and self-serious military theorizing from someone who has obviously never met a soldier before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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