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)
i loced this audiobook. fun characters, memorable moments, all that jazz. the narrator gets three stars because a lot of his voices were recycled and some of them seemed odd choices, no matter how now connect them to the characters. it didnt take anything from the experience though.
far too much thrown at the reader during climax. did feel like stuff that could pay off in later stories. narrator struggled to give characters a distinct voice.
I've read fantasy all my life. I can't follow this plot to save my skin. 4 hours in and I have very little clue who these people are, what is happening In the world they inhabit, or what the heck is going on. I suspect that this series suffers in audiobook form. I flipped through a copy in a bookstore and noticed glossaries, visual cues, character lists, and maps. Impossible to get through this without them. This is one of the first audiobooks I am giving up on. Bummer.
Honestly, Ralph Lister has a great voice and put a lot of effort into his reading, but the story had so much going on all at once that I lost all sense of what was happening. I found myself losing attention thinking about traffic rather than following the plot.
As much as the summary seemed interesting I understand why this audiobook was as cheap as it was. it's not worth it, move on.
I tried to listen to this book months ago and gave up after about 6 hours. Recently I decided to start again from the beginning and give it more focus because many listeners said it took some time and dedication to get embedded.
Now I am 4 hours from the end...and I just can't make myself listen anymore. This is not bad writing or a bad performance. I have tried to figure out why it didn't grab me and I think it is because of how much we are introduced to. There are so many factions of people, gods, creatures, nations, and guilds that we don't have a chance to really care about any of their struggles. IF this was the third or fourth book in a series and the previous books had focused on a region or group of characters then the events happening here would carry some weight. As its structured, I just don't care about the fates of each character or group.
I usually listen to audio books on my commute. This one got off to a slow start but really picked up. The narration was great. I enjoyed the different characters having different voices. Overall a great buy
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