I love these books. They are great, classic fantasy. I red them years ago and was thrilled to see the audio release. But the narrator leaves a lot to be desired. He mispronounces many words, like impudent and hexagonal, and unfortunately those words and others he butchers, are in the story a lot. He seems only to have a few voices, and his street slang american accent just did not work for me. The stories are worth it, but I hope the next series has a different narrator.
Consistent pronunciation of names.
Khalad. The most practical and likeable character.
Pronunciation. The distinguishing voices attributed to characters didn't match the tone described in the story. In particular, Aphrael always sounded smug and insulting rather than roguish and loveable.
A good story, but butchered by narrator.
All in all, i enjoyed this book. the narrator wasn't the best, but not bad either. i purchased the second book and i'm about half way through, so far so good.I am looking forward to listening to the 3rd book.
College student, Mom and Grandma.
This book was one that I couldn't be distracted with. You will miss key points if you are not paying attention. The book is very good, the characters are almost real. Can't wait to finish the next book. Will the princess be ok?
A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......
I've lost coun't how many time I've read this book. Now the pleasure of listening. David Eddings brings his stories to life, with love. Sit back & enjoy this rolcking tale... but beware this is only book one!!! David does love his cliff hangers!!!
everyone keeps saying that the narration is horrible... I don't hear a problem. they use old words sometimes so maybe that's everyone's problem
All of Eddings' epic fantasy work is dated now. It seems clichéd and trite. It would never get published by today's standards. Thing is, though, this stuff became a cliché for a reason: these are powerful ingredients. Eddings uses them masterfully.
The worldbuilding here is perhaps not as immersive as his Belgariad/Mallorean series, but the story is more mature and revolves around a battered yet formidable knight instead of a Chosen One farm boy (this will be relevant to you if you, like me, are tired of the Chosen One trope).
The key to enjoying Tolkien is to use your classic ear, not your modern ear. Tolkien wouldn't get published today, either (hello, Tom Bombadil), and so many of his elements seem like clichés now, too (elves and dwarves, le sigh). If you listen to him like you do Jim Butcher, you'll get bored... but if you listen to him as a classic, an exemplar, you can see why his books are still being read. Same goes for Eddings.
Superb! Engaging! Terrific!
The character personalities and the smart dialogue
It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...
I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction
This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.
I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.
I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.
Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.
It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.
There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.
David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.
to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.
feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.