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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Midnight Tides: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 5 by Steven Erikson, read by Michael Page. 

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. And so its people have fixed their avid gazes northward, to the rich and abundant lands and coasts of the Tiste Edur. And beneath the suffocating weight of gold, or by slaughter at the edge of a sword, it seems the Tiste Edur must fall. Or so Destiny has decreed.

As the gathering for a pivotal treaty between the two nears, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these two civilisations is but a pale reflection of a far more profound, primal battle - a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for vengeance at its heart. 

Among the Tiste Edur - among Trull Sengar's people - it is believed that the darkest hungers of the spirit arrive on the tides from the south, and these tides come at midnight....

War and betrayal, magic and myth collide in this, the stunning fifth chapter in Steven Erikson's magnificent Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence - a monumental achievement that is being hailed as an epic of the imagination and a fantasy classic in the making.

©2004 Steven Erikson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Nearly half my life with 11 read throughs and 7 listen throughs ,The Malazan Book of the Fallen has become part of my that life and I for one will be forever grateful for it has given much to think about for various reasons and made me a better man for it. I will be giving all the encouragement I can give to my grandchildren to pick up The gardens of the moon when they are old enough too....

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Ralph Lister is better with a larger range of voices, Michael Page has a few where you forget which character is which because they sound so similar

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Excellent read, narration and great characters

Excellent read and Narration, great characters and Micheal does an excellent job of differentiating them which is amazing as there are quite a lot.

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What a great listen . these keep getting better and better. i would thoroughly recommend The Malazan Book of the Fallen
to anyone and often do.

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amazing

one word. amazing. the 5 book from the series bring new characters, new world, new intrigue. love the book a lot!

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Great but need to listen again...

a very complicated storyline so will need to listen again but well worth the effort

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Brilliant!

The first opportunity for this narrator to put his stamp on the series. All new characters so we heard 'their' voices for the first time.
Was hooked from first chapter!

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9 hours in and I give up

Well I have finally given up on this book and the series.

The main issue I have is with the ridiculously convoluted names that make it really confusing as to who is who. There are so many random and thin characters with similar sounding multi syllable names as well as made up titles and other such made up words, why not go the whole hog and just write the whole book in a made up language.

The flowery attempts at poetic prose at the start of each chapter just don’t make sense and add the air of confusion, they just make you switch off as you listen and then you end up missing the proper start of the chapter. These are unnecessary and should have fallen to the editors cut. In fact I don’t think an editor must have been used as there is so much babble that if it were removed there wouldn’t be anything left.

I normally hate abridged books but in this case an abridged version would be so welcome, as I do think under all the confusion and waffle there is actually a good storyline, but I have drawn the line at sinking hours and hours into this series.

To sum it up in 4 letters - TLDR

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Different characters

This book follows slightly unrelated events. I suppose you can see it as Trull's story (mentioned in the previous book), but it's more than that. Some parts of it felt like a diversion, but once it was over I was a bit sad that it didn't continue.

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Winding. Pronunciation.

In the term long and winding Road. I would have pronounced windind as wine-ding but in last few books in this series it's been pronounced win-ding.

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  • 19-09-21

Tehold on a minute and listen this ASAP

How many times this author will beat me to my senses into loving new characters and widening my perception of the Malazan World? not enough it seems.

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  • 02-02-21

Slow , but explosive ending

So the beginning was so slow , it took me longer to get going than the previous books. Definitely worth the effort.