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Random House presents the audiobook edition of House of Chains: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 4 by Steven Erikson, read by Michael Page.

In Northern Genabackis, before the events recounted in Gardens of the Moon, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descend from the mountains into the flat lands. For one among them, Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny. 

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine is dead. And now the untried new Adjunct, Tavore, must urgently raise an army able to withstand the forces of the Sha'ik's Whirlwind that are massing in Raraku, the few remaining veterans from Coltaine's march her only hope....

So begins the epic new novel of war, intrigue, magic and betrayal from a writer now acknowledged as one of the most original, imaginative and exciting storytellers in modern fantasy.

©2002 Steven Erikson (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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good story, average performance

they changed the reader, and this new one is inconsistent. puts on accents for characters, but they are hard to distinguish and sometimes he forgets them completely.

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Disappointingly addictive

The new reader has a lot of inconsistency with his voices for characters, however, other than a few names said strangely his voice has a strong presence perfect for this epic series

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sub par recording

I haven't got very far into the book.
The audio is of pretty low quality.

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  • Tatras
  • 14-12-2020

Too many words!

I liked this saying the most in this book: - Crocus "To ascend is also to surrender. Immortality is turning away. Mortals fate is to embrace life itself as it is with all its fraud. (Also the death I guess should be embraced). Life is mortals first lover! Worship of imperfection and accepting mistakes - crippled god have actually quite seductive narative. The series are keeping to be nicely brutal (like Toblakai's last encounter with Bidithal) in the way as old legends and mythos are even with the same narative which I like a lot. This book is still a bit "madhouse", but not that much as the previous one, where the characters have strange (emotional) states/thoughts regarding how much other things they withstand or in the light of their thousands of years old life in the case of some of them - they are sort of more believable . Some bits remains like Knuckles have life issues because of too much speaking, Keeper is odd too, god have a problem asking questions, god of death is accused of possesing one girl (being the patron of assasins and kills thousands is fine?), but those mostly psychological issues are cool in some way. It seems to me like sort of an epic tale with parts of B type literature and on the level of psychological world of the characters. Maybe I'll find better name for this in the future. Overall most of the characters being god's, humans or aliens have more or less human issues, they have their family (whatever group they consider for it) and family matters which is important for them, they like animals and diversity, they are introverts beyond imagine (Yaguths).. but those are all still human issues from human psyche. And I have to say I really like authors view of the world and people which could be nicely seen from this. Anyway, Malazan series becoming another series in my life that after going through them all I would like to erases them from my memory so I can read them again...

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  • Vintr Michal
  • 23-03-2019

Rough transition but great book

The biggest obstacle in letting me enjoy this audio book is the translation from Ralph Lister to Michael Page. But once you accept there's nothing you can do about it the story is just great.

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  • robert slade
  • 01-04-2019

Great book, terrible narration.

The first three volumes of this series as narrated by Ralph lister are excellent. Why audible chose to switch to the ponderous declamation which appears to be Michael page’s sole vocal mode is beyond me.

I will continue with the series solely because I’m a Malazan Book of the fallen fan, and am using the audio books to revisit the series.

We’re it not for that prior affection I wouldn’t touch anything narrated by this narrator. I assume that his overblown plodding style appeals to some people but as far as I’m concerned it’s an impediment to enjoyment.

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  • Hamish W
  • 15-10-2019

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Michael Page isn’t nearly as good as Ralph Lister. He pronounces words differently (diver, soletaken, Imass for example). The voices you know and love from the first three books have changed and many of the participants have the same voice, tone, cadence etc which get confusing). I skipped through the first 30 minutes of this as the Teblor sounded all the same. It did get better as it went along and you got more used to it but partly because you just know nothings going to change so you adapt your listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-2019

Karsa Orlong!

The first part of this book focusing solely on Karsa Orlong's story is honestly on of the most entertaining audiobooks I've ever heard!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2019

Different narrator, still good

Change of narrator did not take away from the story. Yes a bit different in voices and some of the names are said slightly differently but it's not a problem. If you're looking at buying this then you already know to pay attention as you don't get your hand held and eased into the lore.

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  • Arthur Simms
  • 29-11-2020

Great book, and I prefer Michael Page!

If you've gotten this far you'll know the Malazan books are fantastic, so I'll leave that as it is.

I'm mainly writing this review to offer a counter opinion on Michael Page since there are quite a few negative reviews about him. I'm now a few books further down the line from this one and while I did find the change very jarring initially, particularly the changes in pronunciation of some words I actually think Page is my preferred narrator. Page generally has a much more serious tone with gravitas imbued in everything he says, very fitting for a series as dark and grand in scale as this. Lister is fantastic, but a few of his accents particularly his nasal Seven Cities accent were too cartoony sounding in my opinion.

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  • Pete Williams
  • 12-05-2019

My favourite series of books

I read this series a number of years ago, and you get in your head a voice for all of the characters. Well the story remains fantastic, the narration is less than wonderful. There is really no differentiation between characters when it switches between chapters. The characters also change how they speak in different parts of the book.

In short, then, I love this series of books as quite possibly one of my favourites that I have ever read. However, this book has been poorly narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2021

Fantastic instalment

I love Karsa. his character growth, tempering, acceptance of uncertainty. Fantastic.
I also love how Erikson manages to slowly build the tempo towards the end of his books. IIt sweeps you along and the endings, the convergence, feel climactic. This is story telling at it's best and Michael Page's reading of it more than does it justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-2020

I just can't bear this narrators voice.

I don't know why the Ralph Lister isn't narrating this book as he did Memories of Ice. The new voice has destroyed any form of familiarity. Voice is far too public school posh it's like listening to headmaster reading. Such a shame as I won't continue this series which has been excellent up until now.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-10-2020

Different voice actor, jarring change

While I really liked Ralph Lister's narration, Michael Page is almost as good, but different. Ralph Lister has a better narration voice, and pronounced Malazan's names and words better. Michael Page has a narrator voice that sounds like he's reading Shakespeare, but does amazing voices for the characters. He gives them accents (not all good though, Malazans are slightly Indian for some reason), which gives the books a more realistic feel.

Still, the change of narrator is jarring. Page pronounces names differently, and gives characters completely different voices and accents from Lister (why are Fiddler and Crokus Indian??). Why Page didn't listen to Lister's narration for the sake of continuity is beyond me.
Why they chose to change voice actor 4 books in is also beyond me.

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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
  • 08-06-2020

Brilliant

A fantastic continuing of the Malazan story, although I admit I was nervous about the change of narrator. Not due to the quality of narrator, as I've listened to Michael Page before in Lies of Locke Lamora, but just the fact that I was used to the Ralph Lister (who was excellent). Obviously some characters now have didn't voices, and some names/words are pronounced differently.
But to be honest, I adjusted relatively quickly, probably due to the actual story being very good. Can't wait to start the next!

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