As a long time reading fan of David and Leigh Eddings, I was very excited to finally download the first book in the series of ten, and settle in for a comfortable listen.
Most of the comments are accurate about the fluctuating accents - particularly with Durnik - but once you get used to it - the 'Pawn of Prophecy' is a great audio book - highly recommended.
The narration on this book has been the most disappointing as the accents are just poorly done. Sth African, Yiddish, Eastern European, often changing mid sentence is frustrating to say the least.
I read this series when it first came out, must be over 20 years ago. I have reread it several times over the years. I was worried that this performance would not "measure up". I enjoyed the audio as well as reading the series.
I read all the reviews that complained Cameron B is not understandable and that he uses such thick "Eastern European" accents that it's hard to follow. Yet I downloaded it, with some trepidation, because I really wanted to hear the story. I am nearly done with the book and I LOVE THE READING. The reader is mimicking (mostly with great success) a few different accents to help you tell the characters apart, and tell what part of the world they're from. It's easily understood, and encompasses British, Scottish, Swedish and Italian type accents. The accent is no thicker than those used in the Lord of the Rings movies. It's just a hint not overpowering. I am left mystified by the complaints. I agree with the review that praised the reader for demonstrating a clear love for the story and passion for it's telling. Better than many other readers who have straight-up midwestern accents but are clearly bored with having to read a "lowly" sci-fi or fantasy novel with so many sequels. Readers who'd rather be reading something that won a Pulitzer or is currently on the NYT best seller list. Compared to say the majority of readers for Goodkind's Seeker series, this has been refreshing. In all I have been happily surprised by the quality of this audiobook.
The narrator changes accents from line to line for characters. One moment a character has a bad Bulgarian accent the next Irish, next Scottish, next Australian and then occasionally Nordic all for the same character and sometimes in the same sentence or paragraph?? His reading is horrible as he slurs over words and mangles the text. When I look for the rest of the series I will look for another reader.
I had read these books along with my mother when I was in college. I loved the so much that I would stay up all night long and read from cover to cover and have read and reread them at least 10 times since. I was nervous about trying one of these books because of prior complaints about the narration. I have to agree that this poor guy not only changes the accents of the characters mid sentence, he also changes the pronunciation of the names of the characters at will which is confusing if you are new to the series. One character is pronounced "Chutik" and he continues to call him "Tuchik". This may seem trivial but the list of characters is very long and many of them sound alike. He changes emphasis on the syllables of the names also throughout the book so unless you are familiar with the story, this might be confusing. All this being said, the story is fantastic-- the most contemporary work I would compare it to would be the Harry Potter series-- I hate to say that but it's true. The main characters are easy to fall in love with and on several occassions I was laughing out loud. There is murder and mayhem and at times it gets gory, but overall, this series will continue to be one of my favorites. I will probbably listen to the whole series even though the narration is awful-- I am hoping that with each book, he gets better.
This was the Wheel of Time/Lord of the Rings series for my generation :) If you like the Hero's Journey myth, or any sort of epic fantasy this book will be for you. I agree with the others- horrible reader- he's got a pleasing enough voice but doesn't know how to use it. Hopefully, he's just new and will get better through the series, because I'm buying them all anyway.
Eddings brings the third person, or absent observer into the world of a young boy who's fate was decided for him at the dawn of time. His destiny veiled from him by those he once thought he knew... but who's true identities seem to change with the wind.
Riddled with fear, mind so full of pathways demanding attention, a hundred million screaming and tearing birds trying to get out of his young brain...
In what I consider a tale and fabel even better than those of Middle Earth and Narnia... perhapse not as eloquently or poeticly narrated by the author... but I think that that too is what adds to its apeal.
Garion, a young farmboy... just into his teens - orphaned by some mysterious means has known nothing but Faldor's farm for all of his life. Until one day, in a great haste... so hastey is it that it takes 'till half way through the book before he finaly has to come to terms with all of it. And let me tell you... I wouldn't want the job!
A fate sealed in the blood of Gods! The battle beteen good and evil builds to a fever pitch - a pentillogy that rings like a crescendo to the grand finale... and then begins anew with the the next 5 book series.
I am finding the portrayal of characters, particularly their accents, distracting and disturbing. One character jumped from what sounded like Indian to Yiddish followed by avaguely English accent all in one chapter! I have been very dissappointed so far in the reading of this book.
The book is slow to start off with and the complicated back story does not help to get you drawn into the story. However once you get past that you find yourself quickly wrapped up into the developing plot. The narrator does an excellent job with voice consistency in his characters and adds extra emphasis to the story by using voices that actually fit each figures persona. If you are the kind of person that likes everything to be wrapped up in one book this one is not for you, however if you enjoyed Tolkein or Martin this is right up your alley.