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Gardens of the Moon

The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
Narrateur(s): Ralph Lister
Durée: 26 h et 3 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (191 évaluations)

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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.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"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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Thought it would be a good listen

This review is my own opinion and does not reflect the quality of this book or other listeners experiences with this series.

Simply put I did not enjoy the audio version of this book, however I will give it a try and purchase a hard copy of the book to read.

I personally find it very difficult to follow the narrator, he seems to switch to a new character without any indication and I found that was causing me to constantly rewind to understand the story shift and that broke the immersion for me.

I did find the quality of the story to be rich and entertaining, well the parts I could follow anyways haha.

Overall I did enjoy the content to this series enough to be willing to purchase a hard copy and give it a try the old fashion way.

Id say give this book a try and you may be able to follow the narration better than I. If you don’t like it you could always return it.

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Sink or swim

Oddly, this first book threw me right back to high school English class, where reading was more about struggling to parse and understand, and less about simply relaxing into an easy, accessible and well-loved fantasy novel.

This series was recommended by a few people in my life, and was praised and lauded as being one of their favourite series of all time. I took a stab at it a year ago, and found myself a few chapters in, and still not knowing which way was up.

Recently, I took another stab at it, having been told that the start is ‘slow,’ or something to that effect. The start isn’t slow. It’s different - atypical from most other books in general.

I had the thought out of the blue one day, as I was listening, that maybe I had accidentally purchased and was many hours into the SECOND BOOK. But no.

And that’s when it clicked. The world is built well before you get to it. You just need to patiently wait until you’ve stumbled along enough to understand. This could easily have been a book plucked from the middle of an existing series, in my opinion.

There are a few characters sprinkled here and there that act as that clueless entrypoint for the reader, who need to have things and plots and magic explained to them. But 90% of the time every character is all-in, and they start expounding and freaking out over implications and subtext that was completely opaque to me, who could barely make heads or tails of the magic system, races, military, countries, character dynamics, or subplots.

It did, in a lot of ways, come together in the end. About 3/4 or 4/5 of the way in, I was confidently sure that I knew what was happening.

Reading this still made me feel vaguely like an idiot, and I’m sure some people breezed through it quiet comfortably, but for those of you who are worried, and would prefer an easier read, maybe this isn’t for you?

But otherwise, keep treading water, because at some point you’ll figure out which way the shore is. It seems to be an interesting world so far, and I’m willing to see where it will go from here.

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well done all around

I enjoyed this a lot, but found that there were little bits in both the writing and reading that could have been a little cleaner, that said, a very enjoyable listen and highly recommended.

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Taking epic fantasy to a whole new level

Such an amazing series of books - it changed how I felt about all of my previous favourites. The sheer scale of Erikson's creation is unbelievable. The narrator, Ralph Lister, did a phenomenal job bringing the huge cast of characters to life.
Very highly recommended!

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Good story

This is a good story. Ralph Lister had some inconsistent voices, and also had some trouble creating differing voices over such a large cast, but he does a good job at reading it. Near the end chapters things got kind of confusing and I found myself listening to segments over and over again to discern what had actually happened. But overall this was a very enjoyable listen.

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Great Book !!

Don’t give up on it takes a while to get into a little confusing with character development. A really worthwhile story over all though. I’m downloading the second as I write this fully hooked lol.

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Fantastic

A Great story, the narration was fantastic. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Top notch fantasy

I finished this series (and the esslemont novels) not to long ago and this is definitely my favorite fantasy series. Lots of gritty military point of views, lots of political plots/scheme, tons of super powered characters (some of the most over the top powerful characters i can think of), gods attempting to manipulate events. As a warning there is some pretty dark stuff over the course of the series.

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Best narrator ive heard so far

dense story, many characters, but narrator makes each character identifiable. took abit but I'm hooked.

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Not a Strong Story

Gardens of the Moon is not a book that I would recommend. I've read reviews stating that this book was an amazing fantasy novel I have to disagree. The plot was not strong and there was no clear direction of which character you needed to focus on because every character felt like an uninteresting sub plot

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  • Paul-Antoine
  • 2018-01-25

not always clear

i am a non native english speaker /listener and the geography of the malazan empire, as well as the race and what are those races inside the story aren't clear to me . otherwise it is very good, i loved the humour , the characters and the depth of the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-14

A master piece

A freaking gem! A fantasy must read. An epic start to a mind blowing serie.

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  • Thomas S Carr
  • 2018-09-06

This is a perfect example of an editor's failing

I actually tried to read this book twice....the second time took me looking back and reading chapters again to understand what Steven was telling us. Steven is gifted and has a tremendous ability to tell a story, but he clearly had no editor. This could have been an epic sires, but with no guidance...this gifted writer was left out in the cold. Easy stuff like let the reader know that you are looking back or forward were overlooked and left us guessing...That is the only job an editor should do, beyond punctuation....makes me feel bad...keep it up Steven...just get an editor that knows their job next time.

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  • Adnan
  • 2012-11-20

An engrossing yet demanding high epic

This book demands attention from the reader/listener that I had to frequently skip back secs / mins to catchup on things which I missed or did not understood because I was not paying needed attention. Partially it is due to the nature of the book the way it is written, and a lot of it is due to narration. The narrator though otherwise did a great job, did finish one chapter of the book and start the next one seemingly in same breath causing confusion at times. I had to get use to this style, but once I was in synch, I had a great time.

Book has mix of great elements such as mage assassins making it an entertaining listen. Even though there is free flow use of magic, author manage to maintain the intrigue of such things while combining it with great character development. Characters are very well flushed out, and combination of interesting skill set makes the plot lines very interesting.

Book does demand attention as mentioned above that not everything is spelled out for the listener. Events are taking place which make no sense at the time gets explained as user continue to read through the book.

Book sets ambitious goal for itself in terms of complexity and quality, and I have to say that it almost achieved it. Though not easy to listen, it is very entertaining sometimes awesome epic. I plan to next book in the series when it arrives. I would recommend this book for seasoned epic fantasy fans.

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  • George
  • 2016-04-07

The best Worst book there is

NO SPOILERS

This is the weirdest book. I just spent 26 hours listening to it and have no idea what the overall arcing story was. There are so many characters and story world items/concepts in the story that it was hard to keep everything straight. It would have been easier to do if the style of writing explained something.... anything! Its like almost every book I've heard/read has said "John Doe the spawn of darkness was resurrected by Jane because" and this book just says "John Doe the spawn of darkness was resurrected"

That explanation might not make any sense and I seem to be a loss for the correct way to describe the situation. I read the reviews before buying this book and knew going in it was going to be a bit harder to follow. My opinion is that it is so hard to follow and in the end I didn't care about any character nor did I care about any story line.

The narrator was fantastic. I will say that. He is probably the only reason I finished this thing.


Not sure I'd recommend this audio book to anyone.

You know how when you start a new book you feel discombobulated until you lock on to a character or a story line and you finally feel centered? That never happened in this book. It seems like it could have been good but the author is too imaginative and not structured enough to adequately put the whole story into a cohesive block.

I wanted to like this book.

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  • tashat
  • 2018-04-10

Impossible to follow

At times you don’t know if the name they are talking about is a person, race, religion, food, region, planet, or just an expression. You will be distracted working on figuring it out for the entire chapter only to never figure it out. I am still not sure what the conflict is, who is on which side or if there are even sides at all. The magic system is never explained, you don’t know if the dialogue is real, imaginary or a flashback.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-12-04

Probably best to read on paper/kindle

Would you consider the audio edition of Gardens of the Moon to be better than the print version?

No I doubt it. It's a VERY complex book and I am someone who listens to my ABs while jogging, lifting, doing housework, driving etc. There are so many characters in here and so many factions it's easy to get confused. I love GOTM but I wish I had a non-spoiler crib sheet that would have told me who was who and who was aligned with who.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gardens of the Moon?

Fall of Pale.
Interactions between Wiskeyjack and his team.
Rake fighting the hounds.

What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

It was great.

Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic epic fantasy book, but it is so complex that sometimes the audio format makes you lose track of what is going on.

Probably the biggest problem for me was that I couldn't even keep track of which way the factions were aligned.

The magic is incredible.

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  • Mark
  • 2012-10-11

Small quibble with a few choices for voices

This series is one of my absolute favorites, with complex characters, an engaging plot, and a fantastically rich world full of seemingly living, breathing cultures that really show off Mr. Erikson's education in anthropology and archaeology.

I love the lack of initial exposition in the narrative, and that Erikson trusts his readers enough to just dump them in the middle of a story as complex as this with the hope that we'll hang around long enough to get our bearings. It's well worth the attention it demands of its readers (listeners), though, and close attention to details rewards the audience tenfold later in the book, and one hundredfold later throughout the series.

Mr. Lister is an excellent narrator. His cadence and delivery make for a very easy listen, and his ability to establish different and distinct voices for the characters throughout the book is superb. He pronounces a lot of the vocabulary of the world a little differently than I have in the past, but I wasn't too put out by that.

The only real problem I had with Mr. Lister's narration was that a few of the voices he gave to the characters were nothing like I had imagined them when I read the books myself. This is completely a me problem, I know, but I just couldn't seem to get over it. Dujek and Whiskeyjack's voices were problematic for me, but every time Kalam spoke I was pulled out of the narrative and forced to scream "That's NOT what Kalam sounds like! He's a powerfully built, kick-butt assassin out of Seven Cities, not a nasally, anemic rat-catcher from south Bristol!" (Apologies to all nasally, anemic ratcatchers from Bristol.)

I would have liked to have given Mr. Lister's performance 5 stars (and really, it does merit 5 stars), but I just couldn't get over those voices. Well, Dujek and Whiskeyjack stopped bothering me by about the 15th hour, but I never got over Kalam. I am an evil and spiteful person.

I am so excited to hear the rest of the series, and am so glad that Audible has made these available to me.

In closing, I really do hope they keep Ralph Lister as the narrator, but I'm going to warn you right now; if Coltaine is given a sufficiently non-heroic voice by the time his story comes around, I will find whoever is responsible and kick them right in the shins!

You have been warned.

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  • Uber Femme
  • 2015-04-04

A struggle to finish

Any additional comments?

I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.

That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.

One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.

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  • Eric
  • 2012-10-24

Epic Fantasy. Good but a shade eclectic.

What made the experience of listening to Gardens of the Moon the most enjoyable?

Full prose, depth of characters, huge ensemble, high politics and motivations, ambiguity in characterizations . These are all elements that are positive and welcome in this book. My only qualm is the sheer denseness of the material. I listen while driving and in all probability this has been the book I've had to go back a minute or two the most in my history as a listener. As other reviewers have pointed out, you *need* to concentrate.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cropper. By far the most entertaining. He's a reader favourite on par with Tyrion Lannister in George R.R. Martin's epic.

What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

Good accents, tries his best to differentiate which is extremely demanding. A difficult to transfer to audio book. There is a section half-way within the book where a character - a powerful demon named 'Pearl'- appears. Ralph Lister's approach there made the scene shine.

Any additional comments?

A large book, which is a positive trait in my personal fantasy listens. I suspect I use these books not unlike others find daytime TV entertaining. However be forewarned, this is the first of 10 books. The good news is that the series is complete. The bad news is that only the first one is available, so far, from audible.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-12-14

Broke the mold on epic fantasies.

This book is the tip of the iceberg, the story keeps at this pace, and gets exponentially more intense and engaging. Erikson's writing style is macabre and poetic, so it can be hard to follow. His characters are all extraordinarily dynamic. It's easy to find yourself rooting for all sides. There is very little black and white in Erikson's novels, the drive behind the plot line is fueled by realistic human interests, and power struggles. In the Malazan series, it makes for a more believable, intricate plot-line.

I didn't have trouble following the story, because I've read them, but a long time ago. It was like taking a friend to a movie, when they've read the book. I kept getting flashes of 'Oh hell yeah! I forgot THAT happened!' I was waiting years for this to be released in audio!

Some parts might feel detached from the main story, like the back history of the jaggat, or the astrology clock, but it will become more relevant later in the series. If you liked LotR, the Wheel of Time, Chronicles of Amber, or Game of Thrones, I urge you to keep with this series, even if it means having to read them on paper. You won't be sorry. There is so much more, where this came from.

I love what Ralph Lister managed with this series. I was never confused by who was speaking, with his grip on diverse voices, and he got the gravelly tones of the bridgeburners just how I'd imagined them.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael
  • 2012-10-06

A Powerfully Written Epic Demanding Your Attention

This is a stunningly powerful epic that can both capture and entrance you. Words like stirring, captivating, engaging, and memorable come to mind. This wonderful work has rich and complex storylines, characters, and descriptions. Consider the complexity of The Lord Of The Rings. Take it up a few notches, and you might be there when it comes to the Gardens of the Moon. Seriously. And this is only the first in the series!

AND. It's woven together well by Eirkson. Some authors get lost in their own work, and lead you, the listener, down literary dead ends. Erikson avoids this entirely and naturally, which is an extreme accomplishment.

Now, don't get discouraged by the attention needed and demanded by Erikson - Again, this is an AWESOME listen. VERY rewarding and exciting. However, you will need your undivided attention steadfastly focused on every single word.

I cannot stress this enough. Do NOT expect to follow everything if you listen to this while you drive a car or any other vehicle.

Don't miss out on one of the most anticipated and satisfying fantasy audiobook listens to come to Audible this season.

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