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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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    David 05-25-17
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    my only crtisisim is that I wish that the performer took a longer pause between paragraphs.

    extremely well written. is there another way to express a raised eyebrow? Lots of them in this story.

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    J 05-18-17
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    "So much going on!"

    This is a busy book. so many intersecting stories. Well developed and good turn of phrase.

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    Jami and Lola 05-17-17
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    "Changing Perspective"

    It's hard to follow the story. If there were pauses before each perspective change then it would've been easy to follow. Instead I found myself having to rewind the audio once I realized the perspective changed 2 sentences ago but the speaker read it like it's in the same line of thought.

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    Walt Danker 05-12-17
    Walt Danker 05-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"

    Many have commented that there are so many characters in the story that it makes it hard to listen and prefer to read this book. I did not find that to be the case for me. I listen to this book during my work commute and really enjoyed the story and the characters. there is a lot to keep up with but I found it manageable. I did check in on a Wiki every now and then just to make sure I was following, so that may be an option if you get lost in the story.

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    techie NC 04-30-17
    techie NC 04-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Book 1?"

    It says it's Book 1 but I suspect you need to be familiar with the authors other works to understand what is going on. I gave up on chapter 9 after lots of jumping around with very little backstory or character development. I am sure this author is great but I suspect this is not the book to pick up as the intro to his work.

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    Jordan Cribbs 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "High fantasy in it's truest form!"

    Everything you could want in a fantasy story. Rich characters, dark threats, elaborate story arcs.

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    Anonymous 04-26-17
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    "Excellent Story; Difficult to follow."

    The story is fantastic, though a bit dense. Some chapters may need to be listened to twice. Character development is excellent as well. This piece would definitely benefit from a female voice, as it is difficult to delineate characters from time to time.

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    Claudette Nelson la ca 04-24-17
    Claudette Nelson la ca 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a book to drive on long trips!"

    I sat through 2 very long hours listening to this book and had to pull over in the middle of nowhere to replace it. It was so boring. Maybe this was a book 2 or a book from a series. It was a woof my time

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    Anonymous 04-18-17
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    "Best series ever in my opinion"

    Absolutely love this book series. Easy to get lost in, and always keeps my attention. Fantasy and reality rarely mix well. Well done Mr Erikson.

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    Glaffs 04-17-17
    Glaffs 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good read!"

    I want sure at first, but this book blossoms into a great story! It's a lot of story to develop.

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