I finished my 26th book for the year a week ago, Abbadon’s Gate (3rd in the Expanse series). I enjoyed it and the Expanse gets better, and more crazy, as the books go on. I know it’s hard scifi but there are things in there that are … less so.
I read the first books to The Black Company and Malazan Book of the Fallen this year too. I was hoping that they’d really grab me into some crazy epic journey. They were both cool but I’m not sure I am really feeling them.
The Malazan book actually had me looking stuff up on wikis though, at some point some I was having a hard time figuring out what was going on for the back ground of the world, and since I was listening to it and not reading it there were no appendixes or maps to look at. I feel that’s probably something that isn’t as helpful for audio books vs dead tree ones.