I was a huge fan of the other earlier books in this series (the Belgariad), and look back on them with a certain nostalgia. Hoping to enjoy that again, I tried out this newer prequel.
Like the other comments here, I also felt that the narrator was pretty poor. He does have a good voice, but it seemed to me that he knows this as well and is relishing in the sound of his own voice, instead of really reading appropriately with the plot, or even sometimes punctuation of the story. This alone makes it difficult to get into the story.
Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I may have felt differently about this book if it had been narrated better. But I also feel that the book itself was lacking. It seemed that much of the plot was characters talking to each other about things happening somewhere else; like a 20+ hour strategy meeting but never getting on to any doing. This lead to very little character development in my opinion. I'm not the kind of listener/reader that needs non-stop action by any means. But I think you'll find that it seems like you are listening to a list of events happening, rather than being "in" the story to experience them.
Eddings seems to repeat himself a lot in this one too with descriptions or characterizations, almost as if he feels the reader may have forgotten he said the same thing in the chapter previously. So mostly the book ends up being a forum with which to drop lots of references and allusions to his previous books in the series, rather than telling its own tale.
If you read the previous books I think you will probably be disappointed in this one. If you didn't read the previous books you will most definitely be disappointed.
I enjoy all of Mr. Eddings writings, but do not care for the narrator on Belgarath the Sorcerer. His pronunciation is so totally different from the Belgariad series that one can loose track of characters, places, etc., and it takes away from the enjoyment of the whole series.
I've been an Eddings fan for decades, and this book is no less a favorite than any other. The recording, however, was intensely disappointing. Poor characterization, ponderous and dreary delivery, heavy handed voicing....It was as if the producers and performer couldn't decide if they wanted an acted story, or a straight reading....Just a generally poor effort.
Good Story. I have the book and have read it twice. This narration needs, NEEDS to be redone. Throw this version away...redo it, because...well...not every sentence, conversation etc. should end in a question, and the characters...enough said. The story was boring, and needs a redo.
After listening to all of the books of the Belgariad and the Mallorean, this book could not have been more of a disappointment. The reader delivers a boring performance of a great story. The character voice mostly sound the same and it his hard to keep up with who is talking. Worst of all, he butchers the pronunciation of the character's names. The reader apparently was too lazy to listen to previous books. I wish I could get a free replacement for this disappointment. This series of books has always been one of my favorites; but it's so badly performed that I can't bear to listen to it and turned if off after two chapters.
The story is fantastic
It should have been read by Cameron Beierle
Having read the Belgariad and Mallorean book series many years ago I decided to pick this one up, more or less on a whim.
The book covers a few thousand years before the main book series and give some background about what happened before the Belgariad and Mallorean. If you haven't read them before I would recommend you do that first.
It is written in the same storyteller style as all other books by the Eddings and is a classic adventure story filled with engaging characters, humor and suspense all delivered at a perfect pace.
Having children of my own I would argue that all Eddings books are suitable for a young adults which is not always the case in this genre.
If an Eddings fan, yes. Love of the story goes further than dislike of the reader.
I read the Rivan Codex, and thought that hearing Belgarath's story, from the beginning would be neat. Then came BtS. I've read it many times, and to have it on audio book is great.
Let me preface this by saying that Cameron Beierle, who read the 10 books that make up the Belgariad and the Mallorean, did a most excellent job. That set mr. Linton up for disappointment. He apparently never listened to the previous books, which, fair or not, set in one's mind the characters. He also mispronounces the names, puts the emphasis in the wrong place. An example is Ce'Nedra. If one had read the series, or listened to them, one would know how to pronounce her name. Yet, apparently mr. Linton did no homework, and pronounces it like Kenedra. There are other mispronunciations, but I'm sure you get the point. A good reader can make a story come alive. A bad one can ruin it. Mr. Linton doesn't ruin the story, but he does lessen it. A good example would be the late Frank Muller. He could make a story come to life. I was saddened at the motorcycle accident that took his career, and later, his life. His passing meant that they had to find a different reader for King's Dark Tower series. They picked George Guidall, and while he did a very good job, it was an adjustment from the way Muller narrated. I did still enjoy the story. Too critical? Perhaps. Yet, the narrator can make the story come alive, or just remain a story. With mr. Linton, it's just a story.
No. Unlike Beiele, Linton's reading doesn't have that quality.
Scott Brick or any of the great readers.
Only if they use a different reader!
No emotion, No character development, worst reader I have heard in over 200 audio books!
Disappointment I was looking forward to a long book.
This was so bad I had to write my first review.
I am From Australia
I love David and Leigh's Work ! I have most of their book and have read them over and over. So I got them on audio as well. All I can say that I am glad I didn't get this book first on Audio or I would have closed my account right away. The guy is truly shocking !
I am not one to really leave reviews but I had to with this one. Please take notice of the other reviews on this Wonderful written but shockingly narrated book
I would like to refer you to the review that Seth H. Wilson has done on this book. I could not have put it better myself ( Thanks Seth ). but please try and stick it out its a wonderful story full of humor. do your self a favor and buy the book and read it your self then you will understand just how well written this book really is
A better question would Be what DID I like about his narration ?
Nothing...well he did speak English