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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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    Ellen 04-04-17
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    "chapters a mess"
    What did you like best about Gardens of the Moon? What did you like least?

    The narration is strong. Characters compelling. The story is complicated, so I go back to listen to passages again. Audible made NO sync the chapters. What's listed as chapter 11 might well be chapter 3. It is maddening.


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    J. Womack Crystal, MN United States 03-31-17
    J. Womack Crystal, MN United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story"

    Not for the scatter brained if you can't follow a multiple threading weave this is not your tapestry. You've been forewarned

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    Drew chicago, IL 03-30-17
    Drew chicago, IL 03-30-17 Member Since 2017

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    "IMPOSSIBLE TO LISTEN TO!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration and more cohesive storytelling.


    Has Gardens of the Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Lister’s performances?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gardens of the Moon?

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    Any additional comments?

    It could be the greatest story ever. I will never know because I am unable to follow the story. I am not new to audio books. I typically listen to 30 hours + a week. Occasionally, I will have to replay a chapter. " Gardens of the Moon" is almost impossible to follow story line. Whether it is the writing or the narrator...I believe it is the combination. I may try again sometime(15th time). Really have to steer people clear of this one. Not an easy listen.

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    Nita McCord 03-20-17
    Nita McCord 03-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "wondeeful"

    quite involved but well worth the listen. sometimes hard to follow the large cast though.

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    Elizabeth Kuyl 03-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth the $"

    Use of terminology unforgivingly insane that it causes such an incomprehensible confusion of the story line. I will never recommend such a mindless mass of words and sorry that this author received my money for this garbage. Wish i could get a refund!

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    Purplepanda 03-15-17
    Purplepanda 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely dry"

    This book was extremely dry. The setting would have been innovative if there was the sense that anything happened. As it was, for lack of realistic characters nothing ever seemed to matter or be worth the readers interest.

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    Alexander G. 03-13-17
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    narrator bleeds one screen into the next. I never ended up caring about the characters.

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    TJ R. 03-11-17
    TJ R. 03-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration "

    A real slog. Narrator was great; the story, however, is needlessly challenging and complex.
    I couldn't wait for the end... But not in a good way.

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    yael 03-08-17
    yael 03-08-17
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    "Couldn't care much about story,excellent narration"

    This wasn't badly written, however I couldn't connect with any of the characters, or care about their histories or the history of the invented world. Too many things seemed arbitrary. Too many battle scenes in which the antagonists weren't known or weren't properly introduced before.
    One redeeming quality was Ralph Lister's narration, which I thought was top notch. It upgraded the book for me, his consistent use of different accents for each character was a delight. But I think I'll pass as for the rest of the series.

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome and complex"

    A really good book, with amazing narration. A bit tough to follow if new to audio books, there are many characters in many places and IT can be hard to follow them all when you can't page back to reference.

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