Happy go lucky book worm :o)
The actual story was enough to keep me listening... the narration was, over done.
I like the chemistry between the characters in the story... always have. I first read this series when I was a very young teenager... now in my mid 30's it is still a favorite.
Simplify and keep the voices of the characters straight.
I'll be perfectly honest, I only bought the next book in line because I LOVE the story line so much. I grew up reading these books and have a great fondness for the characters. Cameron Beierle's narration leaves a lot to be desired. The accents he gives the characters are very thick and change frequently. I think he tried to make things too complicated and lost track of who was who. Belgarath sounds like some buffoon. I do have a hard time listening to the narration at first and have to concentrate on the story line in order to get past the "voice."
I do wonder if Cameron was given any direction from the author. I know when we read, unfamiliar names are said how we'd imagine them to be. Almost all the names and places are pronounced differently than I have said them. Who knows which is correct, but that is another issue that grates on my nerves.
GREAT EPIC ADVENTURE
EXPRESSION AND VOICE ALTERATIONS FOR EACH CHARACTER
NO, BUT MAYBE 2 ORE 3 SITTINGS
I have read this book series a couple of times in the past and it's a well loved read. I was curious as to how it would sound having it read to me. Cameron Beierle is a good narrator, however, it took a while for him to get into the "swing" of the different characters but once he did, he did a good job. Occassionally he slips up a little and gets the character voices mixed up but nothing that detracts from the story. I listen on my way to and from work and I'm sure people stare at me when I laugh at the funnier parts of the story. I love the drowl voice that he has given to the character Silk - it brings the character to life all the better. All in all a good job and I would recommend this to anyone.
This is the first book in a ten book series that will have you reading this series over and over again. If you are up for en incredible journey of magic, intrigue, and fantasy; this is the book for you. The character developement is so complete that when you finish this epic series you will really miss them.
i read this book/series more than 20 years ago and loved it. i had wanted to repurchase this series,however it is unavailable digitally. in this instance, my minds voice was better than the narrator. it was very entertaining to have it read aloud and all in all i would say that this is the next best thing to the book. i think this is suitable for children 10 and up. language is clean, violence is low but it has references to magic and mystical subject matter.
David Eddings YES
Cameron Beierle NO, NO, NOOOOOO
The narrator could not keep his accents straight. Character accents, which are not needed at all, were all over the place. His interpretation of the characters voices was awful.
The only reason I don't consider the audio version better than the print version is because I pronounced some of the names different. I always mentally heard "Reevan" instead of "Rye-van," for instance. Some of the accents didn't sit right with me, but, y'know what? I just chalked it up to artistic license, I enjoyed how well Beierle kept the various voices different and distinct. I enjoyed it immensely.
Absolutely! The narration and story telling match perfectly. Well written and well read.
I've read this series multiple times over the years. Started listening to audible and this was the first thing I downloaded. I could not get enough.
Granted, the narration was a little odd at first, but I think primarily that was due to me hearing a book read for the first time since 2nd grade.
By the end of the 2nd or 3rd book, it's difficult to tell that it is the same person from narration to character voice. Every single character has their own voice and so distinctly so that when Mr. Beierle reads the line before the "so-and-so exclaimed" bit, you know which character is talking.
The ENTIRE series well done. Outstandingly so!
My bad comment here: Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress (Their books, not the characters) were narrated by a different fellow. I can't review the books because I got a refund and they're not in my library any longer. The writing is excellent, however, after listening to 10~ books by one guy that does such an amazing job, it's absolutely HORRID to listen to the butchery that goes on during the other two books tied to this series. I truly wish David and/or Leiegh (spelling...) Eddings would read this and convince Mr. Beierle to re-read those two books.
This is the first audio book I've had. I really like to read for myself
Garion, his struggles throughout the book only make him stronger.
Personally I feel he tried to change voices and I would have just like to hear the book read as I would have read it.
Having the ability to hear the dialog between beloved characters was the most enjoyable aspect of the listening experience, Belgarath and Polgara were well done.
Really I'd opine that if J.R.R. Tolkien and his 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' represent the Silver Age of this genre, Eddings' books have the listener enter the Golden Age!
In general it was very good though occasional slips in the individual characters' intonations were somewhat distracting and at times annoying.
The impossible reconsidered.