• The God Is Not Willing

  • Witness, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 23 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (415 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson continues the beloved Malazan Book of the Fallen with this first book in the thrilling Witness sequel trilogy, The God is Not Willing.

Many years have passed since three warriors brought carnage and chaos to Silver Lake.

Now the tribes of the north no longer venture into the southlands. The town has recovered and yet the legacy remains. 

Responding to reports of a growing unease among the tribes beyond the border, the Malazan army marches on the new god’s people. They aren't quite sure what they're going to be facing.

And in those high mountains, a new warleader has risen amongst the Teblor. Scarred by the deeds of Karsa Orlong, he intends to confront his god even if he has to cut a bloody swathe through the Malazan Empire to do so.

Further north, a new threat has emerged and now it seems it is the Teblor who are running out of time. Another long-feared migration is about to begin and this time it won't just be three warriors. No, this time tens of thousands are poised to pour into the lands to the south. And in their way, a single company of Malazan marines . . .

©2021 Steven Erikson, Master Recording (P)2021 Penguin Books Limited. Produced by arrangement with Transworld Publishers, a division of The Random House Group Ltd. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Erikson burnishes his reputation as a superior epic fantasy world-builder.... Erikson’s outstanding descriptive skills...enhance a complicated narrative that sweats the details. This is a treat both for Erikson’s returning readers and lovers of George R.R. Martin-style epic fantasy who have yet to discover his work.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“A master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.” (Salon.com) 

“A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal. Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.” (Library Journal

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I tried. Pre-record with a new narrator!

The Malazan Book of the fallen is not a small series and listening to +400hours of narration with one pronunciation of races, and groups makes this unlistenable. Mal-uh-zhan is the canonical, Maylazan is just nails on a chalkboard. I'm sure she's talented, but get Ralph or the other guy back please!!

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Apologies Emma but Michael Page is your God

I'm disappointed that Michael Page did not do the Narration on this one. He had a distinctive voice for every single character which made the listening experience singularly immersive. Emma, work on this and you could have potential. All your voices sound like impressions of cartoon mice. The pronunciation of the word "Malazan" was so so wrong (Mah-law-zen?).Emma ..come on!

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for those complaining about pronunciation

it threw me off at first, but after some quick searching I found her pronunciation is correct. In the link below you can find the pronunciation by Steven Erikson himself around 2:35.

https://youtu.be/o04h2favmx4

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Total let down performance. Stopped listening 10 minutes in.

Wow. Just wow.

Did this narrator not bother even doing a single ounce of research prior to taking the job?

10 minutes in, I literally shot off the couch due to multiple mispronounced MAJOR names. Couldn’t handle it.

I may come back to this if I ever run out of things to listen to but most likely will not.

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my favorite series has a worthy successor

absolutely loved this book, the narrator was great at injecting character into the dozens of roles AND of portraying the droll idiocy of a malazan marine.
story was excellent, picking up in the aftermath of the books of the fallen series. if you haven't read those (you poor fool), than it shouldn't be too much of a hurdle. all these characters are new (with a few cameos), and the historical figures can be just that. all in all I give it a 5/5 WHERE'S THE NEXT BOOK!?s

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Just right

Don't let negative reviews mislead you, this feels like a Malazan novel and the narrator is great. Done people are complaining about pronunciation, but this might be the first time that they actually DID check with the author, as everything is pronounced the way Erikson pronounces it. Her voices for characters are great, too. Different, but great. Especially the Malazans

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The Perfect Fantasy Novel

Even if you haven’t read the first 10 books, any fan of high fantasy will absolutely love this new story arc. The original books were great, but too indulgent in their cryptic inferences of which many never find resolution. All of the meandering or overly verbose writing from the original books was surprisingly missing from this one, leaving a refreshing fast paced yet deep story to enjoy.

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Narrator dilemma

Loved this talented narrator. Couple of things did irritate a bit. Pronunciation of some of the words from previous books differed and the speed she was speaking made it hard at times to know who was talking or doing what especially when the characters voices are so similar.

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Mispronunciation of Malazan kills the book

Overall, it’s good but I just can’t believe she mispronounced Malazan. How was this allowed? Every time she says Malazan, I’m jarred from the story. The rest of her performance was fine but that one thing killed my enjoyment. Whoever was responsible for allowing this should be ashamed.

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Better than ever!

A fantastic continuation of the Malazan saga. I'd say it's more relatable for new readers than the last series. We have a lot of new faces and many old ones too.

I have to say that Emma Gregory is one of my favorite narrators now. Not only a pleasant reading voices but very well acted and unique character voices. She's had no trouble stepping up where Michael Page and Ralph Lister left off

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