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.
The narrator's total lack of depth between the characters and total mis-understanding of the how the gods should have sounded was unforgivable. It was so bad, I had to turn it off half way through and just picked up the book itself.
The story as always is amazing.
This pile of dung is making my cancel my audible account itself. I really want nothing to do with anyone who peddles this type of "work".
Contrary to some people, I really enjoyed the different accent for the character which allows to separate them easily
I loved Belgariad as a read and i wanted to listen it in my daily commute. Great idea because I enjoyed it a lot and therefore bought all Belgariad
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
David Eddings is amazing in his writing. secretly he co wrote with his wife for the first part of his career and latter came out. this powerful partnership makes the story come to life in ways that are great.
This story starts with you getting to know a boy named Garion as he is growing up, showing you how he learned the values he has later on. Over the first few pages you notice things that are a little off. a man without a shadow, the story teller acting stranger. eventually the story teller comes back and needs to meet with his aunt, this causes his aunt him and a farm friend to rush out on a adventure for something that was stolen, but every time he asks about it everyone is evasive about it. At the same time he comes to a personal crisis, he finds out he is a orphan and feels left out and abandoned and alone.
This book is read by Cameron Beierle and he does a fantastic job. you can tell he read the series before hand so he knows about the right accents to use. barak has the rough voice, he also does a good job with the female voices as well. over all his performance is great.
NO, the reading was terrible, basic English pronunciation errors and the amateurish attempts to define the characters was cheesy at best!!
Great story, classic fantasy.
Get a better reader.
Having it read by an actual person. Having listened to the first five minutes, I am convinced this is assembled syllable by syllable by a synthesized voice. It's a horrible listening experience.
When I stopped playing it five minutes in.
By swallowing the first syllable of "Alorns" in a non-human fashion. By pronouncing every occurance of the sound "a" exactly the same, regardless of the word.
I do love the book. I've read it a dozen times. But my nine-year-old daughter could read it aloud better than this. Seriously, that's not a person reading, is it?
Did you pi9ck up the fact that it sounds like a robot reading? I'm sure an actor leant his voice to the production, I just think they should have let him read the book. It's a god book. It deserves better.
The Narrator is awesome but the story is dull and boring.
Definitely not The Belgariad, Book 2.
Character development was great but nothing eventful happens.
This story - the entire series really - is the literary equivalent of comfort food for me, and so I had a bit of trepidation about the audio book. What if it didn't seem *right* to me?
But it does.
Oh, a few of the names are pronounced differently than I hear them in my head. But overall it's, well... comfort food.
I love this book, I've read it many times before and it was my first try at an audiobook. It was fun to be able to listen to the story while doing other things (need to multitask!)
Cameron Beierle tells the story well, but pronounces things in ways I didn't think they were pronounced. The craziest parts were the accents. He kept switching up the accents of the characters. Firstly, they were not as I'd imagined. Despite being fictional races, they are based on real human races and can easily have real referenced accents. He wouldn't hold one character to one accent though. At any given time, any of the characters could go from Russian, to pseudo-Irish, to almost Indian. It would have been much less distracting, and easy to follow, if he'd just stuck to a neutral American or English accent for everyone.