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Dust of Dreams

Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9
Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9
Length: 43 hrs and 14 mins
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On the Letherii continent the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen.

The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

Destinies are never simple. Truths are neither clear nor sharp. The Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen are drawing to a close in a distant place, beneath indifferent skies, as the last great army of the Malazan Empire seeks a final battle in the name of redemption. Final questions remain to be answered: can one's deeds be heroic when no one is there to see it? Can that which is unwitnessed forever change the world? The answers await the Bonehunters, beyond the Wastelands....

"This novel and all others in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series follow my own pronunciations of 'Malazan' words and names. My thanks to Michael and Jane and everyone at Brilliance Audio." - Steven Erikson, Victoria, B.C. Canada, January, 2014

©2009 Steven Erikson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jesse
  • JAMAICA PLAIN, MA, United States
  • 03-06-15

Warning this is book 9 not 8!

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Audible appears to have released books 8 and 9 in the wrong order. As of writing this book 8 isn't out yet. Just a warning for people.

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A lot of filler with action-packed cliffhanger end

The further along the series goes, the author spends more and more time on philosophical reflections, and less on moving the plot along. Hopefully all the threads will come together in the last book.

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Not book 8.

Would you listen to Dust of Dreams again? Why?

Audible released in the wrong order. Can't get a straight answer from Audible as to when Book 8 will be released

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  • Damon
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 05-22-15

Good Book

Like others, I was concerned by Erickson's prologue indicating DoD is only the first half of the last book (with the second half being contained in The Crippled God), and, therefore, warning of a cliff hanger ending. I suppose the book does end in the middle of the home stretch, but it didn't feel particularly abrupt, and it definitely did end in the usual large scale conflict, like most other (all other?) Malazan books. Accordingly, if you're considering waiting until the Crippled God is released (August 5, 2015, according to Brilliance Audio's website) so you can listen to them in quick succession, I don't think it's necessary. Then again, it is nice to be able to dive right back in to the next book, so waiting until August 5 may not be a bad move. Be warned, however, that if you're like me and get sucked in to these books, combining the books will result in a 90+ hour journey (as the The Crippled God is listed at 47 hours).

As for the book, I consider it a decent entry in the series. Not the best, but not the worst (and I like all of them). It mostly involves familiar characters (as it should, this deep in the plot), but it does seem to lag at times. I suppose all of the Malazan books contain digressions, but I guess I have less patience for them given the impending closure of the series. Still, it's another solid book in what I consider to be one of the best (if not the best) epic fantasy series out there.

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PAR

9 books in, over 360 hours of story... and I still have no idea what's going on. Oh well, I've gone this far, might as well finish it. Page is good :)

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this book sucks

worst one in the series so far, I'm on chapter 18 and not sure if I can finish it, right now I dont even care to find out how the series ends. it goes on and on and on abou people you've never heard of before and there stories suck.

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  • John
  • Griffin, GA, United States
  • 04-20-15

Another Great Tale with Some Odd Narration Choices

Obviously writing a review of the ninth book in a series is going to be preaching to the choir. If you've kept up this long, you won't be stopping now because of anything you might read. But for those who haven't picked up this series yet, I'll tell you: it's still good after nine books! There's only one book left after this, so pick this series up now. By the time you get to this one, the last audiobook will have been released!

As far as the book itself goes, it's a fantastic read. I can't say it's my favorite of the series (Memories of Ice) but it's not my least favorite (Midnight Tides). The one big difference here, of course, is that this was never meant to be a complete book. Each previous volume ended with a conclusion that pulled together the loose threads and wove something meaningful out of them. This is - by the author's own admission - halfway through the final volume which was split for publishing costs (and for the sake of the readers, according to Erikson). So perhaps when I finally get around to The Crippled God I'll be able to further appreciate this story which was - all things considered - a good listen (minus a few unpleasant moments in the book that might be hard to stomach for some readers).

A few minor complaints about narration: Steven Erikson writes that this novel uses the original pronunciation of names, peoples, magic, etc that he intended when he first wrote them down. And that's fantastic that this audiobook can reflect that. But there have been 8 previous audiobooks that have Quick Ben's full name pronounce Ben [a-DAY-fon-DEH-lat]. Now it's pronounced Ben [AH-deh-fon-deh-LAHT]. When Ralph Lister performed Memories of Ice, "Hetan" was pronounced "HEE-ten"; now it's pronounced [heh-tan]. The word "Mhybe" was pronounced [MY-bee] now, it's pronounced [muh-HIBE]. It took me a second to figure out what they were saying when I first heard it, this being a word from a fictional language.

I get that Erikson wanted the audiobooks to be, well, books read out-loud, not dramatic adaptations, but after nearly 400 hours of audio I think it would have been easier on us, the listeners, for the pronunciations to have remained consistent.

Finally, while Michael Page does a stellar job reading this, he has this generic eastern-European-meets-Arab voice that he uses for a lot of characters. There's literally nothing I can hear that distinguishes Kalam from Gall (a supporting character we're introduced to in this book). It doesn't ruin the book by any stretch, and Michael Page was just following his director, but it was jarring enough to lose a star (I bet Messrs Page and Erikson just fret about that at night).

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  • Joe
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 03-11-15

WhereThe Hell Is Book 8?!?!?!

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What good is the 9th book when Audible hasn't released the 8th book yet? I just got off the phone with Audible and they don't even have any plans to release the 8th book any time soon. The only reason I bought this book is so I could write this review and rant about how stupid it is of Audible to skip an entire book in this series. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. Boo to you, Audible, I except better from you.

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Worst book I've ever read.

the last two books have been so bad I don't want to finish the series. I no longer care about any character. The author is so damn full of him self and spends hours upon hours waxing eloquent about philosophy and it's entirely insuferable. total waist of time. The whole series is a wash for me.

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it's a great set up for the grand finale

For being mostly part one of a two part finale it was actually interesting to read and had a pretty good climax of it's own.