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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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    Kent C. 09-07-17
    Kent C. 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not able to get into the story"

    I tried to get into this story, but I think it is just too complex to work as an audio book. I didn't understand or care about the characters. I had just finished Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, an excellent audiobook in my opinion, and I was hoping for something similar. This one just didn't measure up.

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    Peter Pusateri 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "confusing at first"

    nothing is explained but you will catch on. keep reading and become engrossed in this amazing world.

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    Jayme O'Neil 08-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    Quit after 5 hours. Not sure if it's the story or the narrator but very hard to follow.

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    Carmela walterboro , SC, USA 08-28-17
    Carmela walterboro , SC, USA 08-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Extreemly boring! incipid and poorly structured."

    First of all, the background to this story: the basic structure and assumptions of this world are not ever explained in the main text, so the listener is lost from the start. I got the paperback and read the appendices. that helped a bit but appendices are a teribly dry and uninteresting way to learn the background, they should be used as aids not as the main introduction of materials.
    these materials did help a bit to understand the main framework. unfortunately, this didn't make me care. the author has attempted to create a story where there are no good or evil sides but in the process removed any depth from the characters. I found that I did not care what happens to any of these people. I straggled though to the end of this book hoping this will change but it did not really. having no good and evil sides can be achieved if you have complex characters that have good and bad sides to them. it was NOT achieved here. There is a little sympathy for a few characters but much too little to make me pick up the next book in the series.

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    eddie 08-24-17
    eddie 08-24-17
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    "Confusing"

    The flow of story is choppy. good story. meaningless character setup. hopefully second book is smoother.

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    Amazon Customer N Richland Hills, TX United States 08-23-17
    Amazon Customer N Richland Hills, TX United States 08-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "glad It is over"

    while wonderful grammar is used. the story transition is very lacking. needs a lot more work.

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    thomas a. mello 08-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    This was so bad I could not finish it. I do not recommend this book.

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    Anonymous 08-01-17
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    It begins a little difficult to follow, but once you're in, it's hard to think of much else.

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    Gideon Unger 07-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Who thought the narrator was doing good?"

    This is the only book I have ever bought and had to make myself listen to. Not because of the story or writing but 100% because of the narrator. Hey won't ever make a character sound like an actual person, everyone in the whole book has to have a over the top voice. It sounds like he took a shot of scotch on an empty stomach before and holds his nose while recording every line.

    I hope this is rerecorded at some point so I can buy it again and actually enjoy it, but until then I would not recommend buying this unless you have the patience and attention span of a rock.

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    Anonymous 07-29-17
    Anonymous 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excited for more"

    Hard to get into at first, as the story jumps around. But lots of action and intertwining of plot lines. By the end of this book, I felt I had just dipped my toe into a much bigger story.

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