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Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1 | [Steven Erikson]

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

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.
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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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    Zac Knoxville,Tn 03-27-13
    Zac Knoxville,Tn 03-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "As Fantasy as fantasy gets."
    Where does Gardens of the Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is second to none but the narrator misses the mark on several characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quick Ben. Because he and his ilk are the reason I like fantasy.


    What aspect of Ralph Lister’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice for Fiddler was a travesty. Really detracted from the experience having one of my favorite characters sounding like a crackhead. Quick Ben's and Kalam's voices were likewise bad.


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

    Had to pee a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen is, in my opinion, the greatest epic fantasy to date and anyone that loves fantasy is sure to thoroughly enjoy this/these book(s).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-19-13
    Jeremiah Lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow start stick with it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gardens of the Moon to be better than the print version?

    The start really put me off with this novel, and I almost did not finish it. It felt like the author was throwing in so many plot lines and twists at thee beginning that someone new to the series would become hopelessly lost. The ends were worth the struggle however, and I persevered. I think I may go back through soon to see what I may have missed the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cropper-You never no what he is going to say next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No at the start, but once it got rolling I did not want to stop.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Winthrop, WA, United States 03-03-13
    Kyle Winthrop, WA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed the story. Interesting use of magical system. The relationship between gods and humans was very unique


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sari


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

    Great Voice acting. Kept me drawn in


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Ronkonkoma, NY, United States 02-15-13
    Victor Ronkonkoma, NY, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun story with poor characterization"

    Steven Erikson has written a story that is very original and relies very little on Fantasy genre tropes. I can honestly say that throughout the reading, I very rarely predicted what would happen next, and had a genuine investment in the outcome, and that isn't meant as faint praise. This was aided by a fine reading from Lister, who excels at both drama and at a variety of character voices (even if a couple weren't as pleasant to listen to as one might wish).

    So, I can say that I enjoyed listening to Gardens of the Moon in its entirety. I won't, however, be listening to the next installment, thanks to a number of aspects that had me rolling my eyes. It often seems as if characters are all teetering on nervous breakdown. Even the hardest, most stoic of these will suddenly appear to be fighting off the loss of their soul and on the verge of crying as soon as they're given a POV passage. Further, a major part in this story is played by a character named Anomander Rake, whom the author goes to so much effort to make out as a strong but silent badass that I was constantly rooting for him to die a gruesome death. The author also has a penchant for flowery prose, which can sometimes border on the absurd 'the must of rotting ice?' and the less spoken of his brief passages of poetry, the better.

    I'd say by all means give Gardens of the Moon a shot if you're interested in a sweeping high-magic fantasy setting. Even if you find yourself agreeing that it isn't worth carrying on through the rest of the series, I doubt you'll feel you wasted your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    arjun cambridge, MA, United States 02-07-13
    arjun cambridge, MA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gardens of the Moon the most enjoyable?

    The narrator ( Lister) did a fantastic job modulating his voice to give each character their own voice


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    Kruppe is best


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Knoxville, TN, USA 11-26-12
    Katie Knoxville, TN, USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "CAPERING WITH DELIGHT"

    What a great series. This is just the first and they get better from there. I was soooo happy to finally see this in audio form.

    If you like epic stories with awesome characters you should like this one. I can hardly wait for Chain of Dogs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Solna, Sweden 11-04-12
    Johan Solna, Sweden 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it"
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    This book series is on my top 10 list. Be careful though as the books are very complex and take some effort to appreciate. Think I started on book one three times before I finally got through to it and it was only around book three that I really started understanding what a gem these books are.

    The books are read very good. There is a nice distinction between the characters (which is impressive considering how many they are). I would give it a 4.5 if there was an option for it only because I might not agree with some of the voice/character pairings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Daglish, Australia 10-10-12
    Ian Daglish, Australia 10-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    Top fantasy. Malazan is an excellent series. Been waiting for it on Audible for ages. Keep em coming...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Vail, AZ, United States 04-14-13
    Nancy Vail, AZ, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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