Too convoluted and not enjoyable. I try to get through at least 3 chapters of any book since some take time to unfold, but with this there was no desire at all.
Years ago this series was my re-introduction to the fantasy genre as such it holds a special place in my heart, so I was a little scared to do a re-read as I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t live up to my memory. I am happy to report I was not disappointed, although I didn’t remember till the end that you really want to have all the book waiting in the queue because Eddings pretty much ends these books in the middle of a sentence.
People can say what they want about Eddings writing or storyline or whatever they want; I want to say I still love this book. I think this book/series is the perfect introduction to the epic fantasy genre. I think Eddings world building is great he tells you what each country is about, what kind of people they are, the differences from other countries ect. These characters have stayed with me all these years and I was happy to welcome them back into my life.
I decided to do my re-read on audio, with narration by Cameron Beierle his narration did take some getting used to I wasn’t a big fan of his very young Garion and was happy when he was 5 years older, what I totally loved was Silk, who is my favorite character and he sounded like George Sanders which I found perfect! I thought Belgarath sounded more and more like Sean Connery as the book went on and as such that is who I am now picturing in my head as Belgarath which isn’t a bad thing! There were times I felt like Cameron was still finding his way with so many characters but who wouldn’t there are so many different voices to do it would be hard to keep track. I will be listening to the rest of this series as I am sure that Cameron’s narration will continue to get better and better as the series progresses.
Still 5 stars just because!
Pretty good listen but it seemed shorter than when I read the book years ago. I was not well impressed with the reader. He changes accents but not voices. Also I'm not so sure the pronunciations are accurate.
Definitely worth the price though.
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
Listening to this book left me sad on a lot of levels. I *loved* this series in my teen years. I must have read it 10 times. What I didn't realize then was how sexist it is (much as the rest of the genre written in that era). Sure, one of the main characters is a strong woman, however most of the other women, when portrayed, are incredibly stereotypical.
Most horrific was a passage I didn't at all register as a young reader: a drunken rape by a main character of his wife. And while the character registered he felt sorry for his act - there was still more of an emphasis on it's justification because his wife would not give him sex willingly. And for good reason in my opinion!
I still love the story for what it is - but I found it almost impossible gloss over the telling now as I could when I was a kid. That disappointment was compounded infinitely by the narration.
Beierle is flat out awful. Even if I could get past the issues I previously mentioned, there is no way I'd make it through even one more book of the series as currently narrated (and he narrates all of the Belgariad and Mallorean) The man cannot maintain an accent for more than a few words and forgets which accent he uses from character to character - often in the same conversation! I don't know which I liked less - his attempt at a Connery-esque brogue for Belgarath or the mouthful of rocks and phlegm for Barak.
Place and people names are also inconsistent and often defy the laws of american english (or even english english) pronunciation. Admittedly, in fantasy books, we all hear our own pronunciations in our heads unless a book specifies them to be different. But the Belgariad does not (except Ce'nedra). It almost seems like Beierle made them up out of some sort of desire to make the story feel more fantastical, which is incredibly grating and not at all necessary.
I only have one positive thing to say about this narrator: the presentation of Garion. One reviewer mentioned not appreciating Garion sounding so whiny. Garion *is* a whiny little boy til the 2nd or 3rd book.
I'm sorry to pan this book so thoroughly - nothing would have given me greater pleasure than to say I had come home again in this audio edition.
I love this series of books and Pawn of Prophesy is a brilliant first entry. While character development continued through the whole series, each character is introduced in an interesting manner and you quickly get an idea of what they're like (though not who they really are). Most characters have something admirable or likable or relatable though each has their own flaws - except Polgara who is a word I can't use in this review. An epic fantasy that brings together enjoyable characters for a quest that isn't clear cut in the first stage, this is a great book that introduces you to an interesting world and storyline but has an ending that will leave you satisfied if you choose not to continue.
I think it was worth the time, but I had to not cringle because the reader was so bad
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I love the Belgariad, and have read the books countless times. While this audiobook is still good, the reader is painful to hear at times. He can't stick to a single voice for any of the characters and breaks into weird British accents at time. He seemed to be trying to do a Sean Connery impression for Belgarath for a chapter.
the Story is awesome.
For some reason he felt the need to roll his 'r's and tried too hard to put everyone in very different dialect.
Silk sounded like a child molester.
Garion had the same voice from when he was a child into his teens.. creepy
Durnik sounded like a scottsman..
Strange decisions on the accents.
Great story teller
I don't care for his attempt to mimic the actual voices of the charactors. Just read the book.
Read this series many years and loved it -- especially the characters. When I finished the series, I felt like I was leaving my friends behind. The narrator does a very good job -- a few minor slips in accent - but i think he does an excellent job.