I read this series as a child and felt like listening to it 30 years later as an audiobook... Best decision! Cameron Beierle brings these books to life better than ANY other audiobook I've listened to on Audible. I absolutely loved listening to it.
All ten books in this series are great. Because Cameron Bierle puts so much individuality into his reading of the characters, you start to be able to recognise each character's voice as soon as they speak. The more books you listen to, the more the characters come to life. By the 10th books, I felt they were my old friends, and I was sad to finish it because I felt I'd miss them! I decided to listen to the series through again, and it was even more enjoyable the second time :)
OMG impossible to choose. I LOVED Beldin and also thought Silk and Belgarath were great and Barack was absolutely hilarious. Mandorallen was funny too. It was amazing how Cameron Bierle managed to give every single character an entirely different voice - even the hundreds of bit characters who only get a few lines. He even managed to pull off the female characters.
It was fantastic how he came up with different accents for the different regions in the world of the story, and kept these consistent. His only wobbly character was Durnick, whose accent took a long time to settle into something consistent. But every other character was spot on from the first line, and he really brought them all to life better than any other audiobook I've listened to on Audbile. Some of my favourite parts were when a large group of characters were all having a conversation - it was amazing being able to recognise a character as soon as they started speaking. So much fun to listen to!
I pretty much listened to this series every day for 6 months! That's how much pleasure I was able to wring out from listening to the whole thing through twice :) It was such a joy that I used listening to these books as a daily chance to relax and turn my brain off and just be entertained, as the work I do is very intense and complex.
This is a gentle kind of fantasy series - none of the characters gets terribly wounded or traumatised, and you don't have to worry about being forced to grieve for characters you love. It is a character-based book more than an action story, although the plot is great. But it's the love and playful camaraderie between the characters that makes the book so entertaining. There are some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. The world is rich and complex enough to keep you interested and the storyline definitely kept me engrossed for all 10 books.
My father recommended this book series to me when I was around the age of ten, I have Re read the book series a couple times. Anyone who likes magic with limits during medieval times will like this series
Because I love the books, I'll listen to the others, but I'm not thrilled with the narration.
I've read these books multiple times over the years, so I'm very familiar with the story. I found the narration not up to the humor of the book. The narrator tends to mumble, occasionally changes pronunciation of names and mixes up the voices of the characters. It's a shame. I've listened to this first book and will likely listen to all of them, but sadly I think a better narrator would bring out the real flavor and humor of the books.
Not really. The story is complex and wonderful...any movie / TV rendition will likely cut much of what makes the story so wonderful. I'd rather not see it turned into a bad movie.
I love this series. I don't like the narrator. He makes the characters too soft, and adds too many unnecessary accents. He also mumbles at times. However, the story is one of the greats.
I read and listen to fantasy books for the enjoyment of characters and stories. I don't expect to be changed, awed, or even uplifted, just entertained. In most situations it doesn't really take much to entertain me. This entire series left me a little bit frustrated. I kept expecting it to get better but it just didn't. I kept wanting the main character to get a spine. Don't get me wrong I really enjoy a coming of age story, but in the end he was still seemed like a child being dragged into what he had to do. If you want rich epic fantasy or a coming of age story there are other much stronger titles.
I enjoy fantasy and will continue to read the genre regularly.
The accents were flawed especially the French accent of one of the characters. I think one of the characters was Inspector Cluso.
I as disappointed that I spent so much time on a series that ended no better than its beginning, very so-so.
A different reader - this one can't decide on an accent. Apparently all names and countries need to be guttural when pronounced. And Durnik is German sounding one moment and then Cockney the next. Hopefully this guy doesn't do this for a living
The person who read the Jeanine Frost series Kat & Bones... she would have been great. ANYONE else would be an improvement.
No removal - the story is excellent. The reader sucks
I wish I hadn't bought the series - I love the books so much... I just wish I hadn't bought the series. Now I'm more hesitant to buy a series...no matter the deal
I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this is the only one that couldn't get through because the reader was so bad. He didn't do a single voice the same, from sentence to sentence, never mind from one book in the series to another. Literally, the first part of a sentence of one particular character, went from bad Russian, to bad Cockney and then ended with an American accent. It was so distracting, I couldn't finish the book. Please rerecord and I would give it another try..
Terrible inconsistent character accents.