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.
"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)
As stated by other reviewers, this is a complex book. Even after starting over several times and skipping back, I never felt like I knew who was who, what they were trying to accomplish, so I finally lost interest... moving on to a new book without finishing the first part. Yes, I tend to do busy work while listening, and always have, but this is the first book I felt like I just couldn't care enough to keep trying.
Don't know that a change in narrator would make a difference.
I don't know that I found any.
Pay attention to what others say, unless you plan to take notes, or intend to reference a print version, you might find yourself wondering if you entered a new chapter, every few minutes.
but, guess i'm not smart enough to keep all the 'who, what, where, and why's' in order.
it's been at least 5 days and i just got to the 2nd part last night. all that rewinding to try to pick up and put together the story...and i still don't know what's going on.
a book shouldn't be so difficult to follow.
the narrator was fine, but even with that, the book was too convoluted for me to connect with, try as i might...
The stylish narrative keeps you hooked. Although the book is intense reading with hundreds of characters and parallel story lines , individual characters are perfectly sketched to give you a real sense of the story as a whole.
Ralph Lister 's reading style actually helped me identify the many different characters and made what might otherwise have been an arduous audio book experience, extremely enjoyable.
Student: part time, accountant: full time, listener: all times.
The wealth of characters, all of which had amazing voices from Lister, made this a very fun listen.
I enjoyed a lot of slight details the author threw in, my favorite example is a bit of a spoiler, but Erikson definitely knows how to link the various stories occurring in the book.
Kruppe is the best for sure, he's more or less that one crazy friend we all have, really fun to listen to.
Tattersail's fate is fairly emotional, don't want to spoil anything though!
It will take you some time to get into (like most Fantasy/Sci-Fi) but if you can stick with it, you'll enjoy yourself immensely.
As always, I was immediately swept away, reveling in the well-developed plot and fascinating characters. It's great to revisit old 'friends' and meet new ones. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment.
For Ralph Lister, absolutely, he's did a great job with a story that was just hard to follow. As far as Erikson...I'm not sure, it would depend on the reviews, this story which I had very high hopes for turned out to just not quite be for me.
I felt like I never quite really connected to the characters until the last 4 or 5 hours of the audiobook. I kept going in hopes that I would get more invested in the story, but it just felt shallow...I felt left out as the reader, like I wasn't pulled in and personally invested in the story.
He did a great job narrating the story, he gave awesome inflection and emotion when the story begged for it. It was a tough read for him though...the story wasn't deep enough to pull the reader in, I feel like he did the best he could with what he had.
I was disappointed. I really wanted to like this series, I just didn't feel like I was able to connect with the characters, they were never humanized.
This series has the grit of Glen Cook, the intrigue of Game of Thrones (GRRM), and a sense of loss as profound as that of a Memory of Light (Robert Jorden/Brandon Sanderson). This book can be a bit heavy for some because the introduction to the world is not the best. However, if you can get past the beginning, you will find a truly memorable series with some of the saddest moments of a book series.
The fatalism of the soldiers. The betrayal at pale.
Overall, Ralph is a great narrator. I've heard a few as I have a large collection of audiobooks in my library. Ralph is definitely one of the better narrators.
Fatalism. Hope. Can one squad of soldiers, against the world, save the very world they are fighting against?
Booya. Actually though, you'll be doing yourself a huge disservice if you pass up this series. I've found my eyes wet when reading only a few books; Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, Memories of Light, Book 15 of the Dresden Files, and this series.
I will not attempt to read any more books in this series.
A book should flow easily. After listening to chapters 1-8 twice, I decided that was enough.
I truly tried but absolutely could not get into this book. I love a good syfi. This book was an unpleasant effort.
Eliminate the too frequent jumps from character to character without a clear break point. Very easy to get lost - to the point of annoyance.
So hard to track.
He did a decent job
Meh...could not finish it.
I would be hard pressed to recommend these books. I feel like even though I am very used to fantasy novels and writers this series requires you to essentially listen and take notes.
Paran I think I mean god know who all the characters are and half of them have similar names. I'm not even sure I know what is going on.
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