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  • Toll the Hounds

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 8
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Page
  • Durée: 44 h
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

It is summer, and the heat is oppressive, yet the discomfiture of the small rotund man in the faded red waistcoat is not entirely due to the sun. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city's streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but it seems the hunters have become the hunted. Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. Strangers have arrived, and while the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of hounds. All is palpably not well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Writing. Awful Reader

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-04-13

Superb Writing. Awful Reader

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-13

Erickson writes beautifully. A true wordsmith. His prose is poetic, every word carefully chosen. His story is full of pathos and humor. This would easily rate 5 stars but for Michael Page's performance. He has added snother annoying voice to his repertoire of growls and bad ethnic accents...a whiny narrator voice that he uses about 20% of the time. Just read! Still glad I purchased this book

  • Orb Sceptre Throne

  • Malazan Empire, Book 4
  • Auteur(s): Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrateur(s): John Banks
  • Durée: 25 h et 24 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The tumult of great powers colliding has passed, and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter digging amongst the burial grounds that surround the city is about to uncover a hidden crypt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Novel. Moranth!! Seguleh!!!

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-04-06

Great Novel. Moranth!! Seguleh!!!

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-06

The most intriguing aspect of the world created by Esselmont and Steven Erickson is the different peoples populating it. Barghast. Imass. Tiste, Forkrul, K'Chain. This novel has several of them including my favorites. Not bogged down by too many plot threads, this story is fantastic. Loved it

  • Reaper's Gale

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 7
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Page
  • Durée: 43 h et 56 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 1

All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor, while the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against its own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the palace, as the empire - driven by the corrupt and self-interested - edges ever closer to all-out war with the neighbouring kingdoms. And the great Edur fleet - its warriors selected from countless peoples - draws ever closer. Amongst them are Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer - each destined to cross blades with the Emperor himself. That yet more blood is to be spilled is inevitable....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Writing but...

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-04-02

Fantastic Writing but...

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-02

This is a great novel. I cant get past the performance. The reader has added a harsh whisper to his repertoire of growls and stereotyped racial accents (Scottish, Indian, etc.) Erickson's writing of the death of Beak is some of the best I have ever read. The humor of Tehol and Bugg is brilliant. With a better reader this book could be a classic. Already a great fantasy story

  • Stonewielder

  • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 3
  • Auteur(s): Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrateur(s): John Banks
  • Durée: 26 h et 43 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamored with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Esselmont's Best?

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-26

Esselmont's Best?

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-26

This story of the Malazan empire is great. Esselmont likes to write several stories at once and weave them together. He is sometimes guilty of writing too much. This story is more streamlined and the story threads make a lot of sense. Excellent

  • First Man

  • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
  • Auteur(s): James R. Hansen
  • Narrateur(s): Jeremy Bobb
  • Durée: 16 h et 26 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 4

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Biography

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-22

Good Biography

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-22

This book is very well researched. Much of the narrative is based on recorded interviews and documents, some of which are pretty dry. War records and stuff you could get from the IMDB. Pays some lip service to controversies...Aldrin's personality, Aliens, "Faking" the landing, but doesnt really confront the issues. Very accurate but does little to explain who this man was. Still, fascinating guy and an enjoyable book

  • The Bonehunters

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 6
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Page
  • Durée: 42 h
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire's greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader Growing On Me

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-19

Reader Growing On Me

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-19

Really Great Fantasy. Erickson is masterful. His writing is fascinating, emotive, and full of humor. This continuation of the Malazan story is fantastic. The performance seems better than previous efforts or maybe just less irritating. Good effort

  • Return of the Crimson Guard

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire
  • Auteur(s): Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrateur(s): John Banks
  • Durée: 32 h et 8 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Fantasy Novel

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-13

Outstanding Fantasy Novel

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-13

Esselmont weaves a lot into this story. Malazan vs Malazan. Crimson Guard vs Crimson Guard. Malazan vs Crimson Guard. Throw in humor and Political intrigue. Add Ascendants, Seguleh, Stormriders. Wow. Too bad the reader isn't great. Most accents are okay. A couple are pretty bad

  • Midnight Tides

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 5
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Page
  • Durée: 31 h et 3 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 2

After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur have finally united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all of its less-civilised neighbours with rapacious, cold-blooded hunger. All, that is, save one - the Tiste Edur. For Lether is approaching a long-prophesied renaissance - from kingdom and lost colony of the First Empire to Empire reborn. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Story. Lame Reading

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-08

Superb Story. Lame Reading

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-08

Cam Esselmont and Steven Erickson have created a vast, complex fantasy world that nearly rivals Westeros/Essos and Middle Earth. Esselmont's style is more narrative and complicated, while Erickson's is more nuanced, almost poetic. Humor mixed in seamlessly (Tehol Beddict and Bugg are hilarious). Incredible writing, a joy to read. Unfortunately the narrator seems to try his best to wreck the story. The guy has three voices...a growl of a couple of timbres (sometimes with a bit of Scottish brogue), an imperious arrogant accent, and what he considers a female expression ( sometimes with a bad 'Apu' Indian accent) but just sounds like an effeminate version of his normal reading voice. He changes pronunciations from chapter to chapter (SOL'uh'TA'ken one moment, SOOL'Tay'Kun the next). It almost ruins the experience. Still well worth reading if you can ignore the performance.

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  • Night of Knives

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrateur(s): John Banks
  • Durée: 9 h et 57 min
  • Version intégrale
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good story of the Malazan world

  • Écrit par Langer le 2019-03-02

A very good story of the Malazan world

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-02

Esselmont's style is more narrative than Steven Erickson's. Both indeed compliment the other. I kind of prefer Erickson's more sweeping style but Esselmont's works very well. Great story, reader is excellent

  • House of Chains

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Page
  • Durée: 35 h et 5 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 41

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator

  • Écrit par Hasan le 2018-03-29

A great novel marred

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-28

This is the Fourth in the Book Of The Fallen series. Fantastic story and introduces great characters like Karsa Orlong and Trull Sengar. Ralph Lister (reader of the first three books) is a far better narrator and this book would easily rate five stars but for the performance. Still, well worth reading