In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.
Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. New to command, she must hone 12,000 soldiers, mostly raw recruits but for a handful of veterans of Coltaine's legendary march, into a force capable of challenging the massed hordes of Sha'ik's Whirlwind, who lie in wait in the heart of the Holy Desert.
But waiting is never easy. The seer's warlords are locked into a power struggle that threatens the very soul of the rebellion, while Sha'ik herself suffers, haunted by the knowledge of her nemesis: her own sister, Tavore.
And so begins this awesome chapter in Steven Erikson's acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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Brilliance Audio did a poor job selecting a new narrator for this series. Ralph Lister was phenomenal! I understand that things change and sometimes a new narrator is needed but Michael Page is the wrong narrator for this series. I have several other books he has narrated and he did a splendid job. But those books, and particularly the writing styles of those authors, were different and this is a poor match.
I hope Brilliance Audio finds a new narrator for this series or I will have to finish it by reading which I don't really have enough time for these days.
The story is fine. Author Steven Erikson continues the Malazan: Book of the Fallen series well.
The book to read, yes, the audiobook? No. The narrator is terrible, this is the second time he has ruined one of my favourite series. Why couldn't they keep the original narrator? Michael Page's voice sounds the same for every character, and they all sound like they swallowed a pail of gravel. Unfortunately it looks like he is doing the rest of the series too.
Do yourself a favour, if you are interested in this book, buy it and read it yourself.
I do what I do, and I do nothing more.
Yes, the voices are different than the previous books. It takes some getting used to, few adjustments before getting back into the groove of things.
However, after listening to the rest of this fantastic epic, then beginning my 2nd listen of the series, I've come to prefer Page's choices for both voices and narration style overall. I think it more closely fits with the world as it evolves on from the 3rd book.
My strong suggestion is : if you've enjoyed the series so far, don't stop now! The weaving together of stories already told and tales to come only get better and better as the layers of intrigue deepen.
As your understanding of the world expands from book to book, and history is strewn behind you, your enjoyment will only increase. If this I assure you.
The book is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy Steven Erikson's story telling. His characters are deep and evolve in a realistic and compelling fashion. His plots are big complex arcs of glimpsed experience that leaves my imagination exercised and my concentration tested.
Karsa Orlong is the uberprotagonist. He's one of my favorite characters of Erikson's.
I'm not sure how Michael Page still has a job doing readings. That may sound harsh but seriously, this guy phones it in. Did he even bother to listen to the previous books for an idea of what he was reading? You know, for some semblance of continuity? His reading is just jarring. His pronunciation of unique-to-the-world words is completely off in left field [soul-taken becomes soleytak'ken for instance]. Each one of his characters is COMPLETELY different from the previous books - so much so that it makes following dialogue almost impossible in some instances. Other instances, the voice he uses for bigger-than-life demigod types sounds like a tavern drunk… Its distracting to say the least.
Its the same crap he's pulled in other series when he comes in halfway through to wreck the experience (like when he follows Pacey and mangles Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold).
You probably just read it...
A message to Audible -- Start treating trilogies and series like single books and hire voice-over actors accordingly.
You wouldn't change voice-over actors halfway through "Gone With the Wind" so why is it OK to do it halfway through a trilogy series?!
Write up a contract for the life of the series instead of per book or whatever. I'm pretty hard on Michael Page above, but its probably more your fault or whomever contracts the voiceover work (after all, I really enjoyed The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence).
I know. You know. Michael Page knows. We can do better than this.
No. If this was the first book in the series it would have been the last one I read. The narration is so bad, I would gladly pay 2x as much and have Lister back. The book would then be so much more enjoyable.
Probably the amount of insight and foreshadowing that goes on. It is well architected.
Ralph Lister. He was amazing in the first 3 books and really brought all the characters to life.
No. I took many breaks and had to force myself back into it.
Don't change narrators mid-cycle in the book, unless the original narrator was terrible. It is truly the most tragic thing about the entire series.
I have enjoyed the series up to now. This new narrator has a very limited number of voices and it is very easy to get lost on who exactly is talking. His accent is so heavy many times can't understand what he is saying.
Heavy accent makes it hard to understand. The same voice is used across characters making it hard to determine who is speaking.
Please bring back Ralph Lister!
Change of reader and pronunciations are a great disappointment after 3 books.
I would get our old narrator back. His voice had a lot more life to it, the characters felt more real, the voices were more varied.
Karsa Orlong. Boom, that guy is awesome.
It is obvious that Michael doesn't study his characters before reading them. Instead, he uses certain voices with certain emotions which causes all characters with a similar voice type to be the same
This would be a phenomenal TV series. The stars are already set up in the book, you could make this similar in style to Game of Thrones, telling multiple stories at once. A great introduction to the world would need to be created though. You would have to keep all of the core characters because they intertwine so heavily, the loss of one might hurt them all. Kruppe, Karsa, Coltaine, The Adjunct, Gamut, WhiskeyJack. The list goes on and on.
Can we get this re-recorded by the original reader?
from planet of the geeks
Another great fantasy book made barely listenable by bad narration. It can't say how disappointed I was to see who the new reader was. If Page had narrated these books from the beginning I would have given up.
Story wise, if you've come this far in the Malazan series,you know what you're going to get: great characters, an intricate plot, high magic, and brutal warfare building up to an amazing ending.
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