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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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    John Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-27-12
    John Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great read and great reader!"

    I read the print version of this book over 10 years ago. I remember enjoying it, but for various reasons had to read it in bits and pieces and lost track of the story. I decided to come back to it again and am so glad I did. The story is compelling and the narrator helps to make the already intriguing characters come to life. Thoroughly enjoyed this listen! Just waiting for DeadHouse Gates now. How about it Audible?? I hope Ralph Lister is working on it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Shenton Park, Australia 10-10-12
    Ian Shenton Park, Australia 10-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Yeah..."

    Top fantasy. Malazan is an excellent series. Been waiting for it on Audible for ages. Keep em coming...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jonas 10-04-12
    Jonas 10-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Greatest epic of our time !"

    More fecund than any book of its kind. No other writer has a menagerie of fleshed out characters like Erikson.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 12-26-13
    Amazon Customer California 12-26-13 Listener Since 2006

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    "Brilliant reader. Story to nowhere."

    I'm 24 hours into it and still don't know what's going on or why and I don't care about any character or plot line. People die but are still alive. Wounded but healed but wounded but sort of healed miraculously or sometimes not. Big and mean but impotent. Small and fragile but impotent. But sometimes not. Everyone is against everyone else, or not, sometimes. Yeah, it's like that. There isn't any focus. The writing jumps from one seemingly irrelevant place to another relevant place with no known relevance.
    Lister has an incredible array of voices and moves easily from one to another. He is a great reader.
    I'm done with this series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 11-30-13
    Ellen 11-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Easily the best fantasy novel I have ever found"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is enormous. It eclipses virtually every other work in the high fantasy genera.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diverse cast of characters yields an atmosphere unlike any other book I have ever read.


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

    These characters could not be better performed. Ralph Lister's style, pace, and huge library of voices is truly incredible.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any love for high fantasy, just click buy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 08-30-13
    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Just not worth the effort"

    When I first read the blurb for this book I thought it was right up my alley. Epic fantasy, complex plot, large cast of characters, intrigue etc, etc. Unfortunately, the book itself did not live up to expectations.
    Indeed, the only reason I stuck with this book to the end was due to the large number of reviews saying that it would be worth it.
    I've read and enjoyed titles by Jordan, Martin etc, so don't get me wrong I know a complex storyline when I hear it.
    There is no doubt that this book is complicated. At the start we are thrown in head first to, what seems on the face of it, the middle of a story. We are introduced to a large number of characters very quickly. We know nothing of their history, allegiances or motivations. Over time things do settle down a bit and by the middle of the book you feel that you are finally getting to grips with things.
    Unfortunately the problem is that things just don't develop from there. The story just seems to drift on with no obvious goal. Various gods and mythical characters make cameo appearances, and at times it just feels they were introduced just for the sake of it.
    There seems to be several different magic systems in use, but none of them are ever properly explained ... it just seems to happen.
    Another significant problem I have with the book is there isn't really one character that you particularly like. Its always difficult to invest time and effort in a book when you don't really care all that much what happens to the protagonists.
    Finally, the narrator really doesn't help the book at all. His interpretation of female voices is just awful and he has a habit of fading away at the end of sentences which makes hearing what he is saying quite difficult.

    So, all and all, I won't be continuing with this series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Dallas 08-24-16
    Rob Dallas 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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
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    Warren Keith Woods 08-22-16
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    "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
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    Ethan Handy 08-20-16
    Ethan Handy 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "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
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    Wesley New York, USA 08-20-16
    Wesley New York, USA 08-20-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Confusing and Full of Jump-Cuts"

    While the narration of this book is exceptional, something which will usually see me through an okay novel, the actual content was exceptionally bland. After some hours of listening (4 1/2, to be precise). I was still unsure as to whose perspective I was supposed to consider primary in the novel. It kept running around, picking out characters whose names would be stated once, then not mentioned again for six or seven minutes of dialogue, making the different perspectives even more confusing. To increase my lack of care for each character, the story jumped forward two or three years (or more!) several times within just my short listening period. I understand that the events taking place last many years, but jumping forward with a description of characters I have not seen doing things I barely care about is hardly an appealing listen. While I would suggest looking at Ralph Lister's other works, I think I'll steer clear of anything by Steven Erikson in the future - or at least from this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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