very disappointing, the hole 7 disciples, and the beginning of the world, this book took too much out of like the bible .
something from j.r.ward
very very old
I had read this book in print years ago and loved the entire Belgariad series. I wanted to introduce my husband to David Eddings' works by listening to Belgarath the Sorcerer. Bad idea. We both struggled through the first 3 hours before we agreed that the torture of listening to this particular narrator was ruining the whole experience. I should have read the reviews of other listeners before wasting a credit on this "performance." Instead, I based my decision on having actually read the book in print.
David Eddings fantasy books are outstanding. They're highly entertaining and keep the reader engaged from page one through to the last page.
This particular narrator drains the life from Belgarath. Instead of showing the wit and guile of the sorcerer, the narrator makes him seen dull and pompous. He takes a wonderfully entertaining story and turns it into a truly tortuous listening experience.
I am so very disappointed.
I had been hoarding my credits to use on extra special books and thought this would be one. Wish I could return the book and get my credit back. I will never again skip over reviews of any books I consider buying in the future.
The narrator for this book was awful. I've read a sizeable chunk of David Eddings' work including this book and have loved them all. I've also listened to the audio versions of the Belgariad and the Malloreon narrated by Cameron Beierle, which were fantastic. This falls very, very, far short of Cameron Beierle's readings. In fact, it was so bad I don't think I lasted more than 10 minutes.
The story as a whole is great. The characters are nuanced and the scenes are well developed.
The voices of the characters simply don't fit based on my expectations from both reading the books and from previous narrations. The voice of the narrator is also difficult to listen to; it simply feels completely out of place for this story. It all just felt wrong.
Please, please have this redone using a different narrator of a quality with Cameron Beierle or Michael Kramer.
Best way to describe it is it is like listening to rookie Walter Cronkite on reading poetry in the dark. Confusing??? Yeah that what's its like.
Unfortunately for this book and this narration you would be better off buying a physical copy or e-book and reading it yourself, it would be less painful that listening to this narration.
Belgarath was definitely well portrayed in this title (as he should be being the title character), and it was great getting the backstory to the Belgariad and Mallorean from his point of view.
Unfortunately JP Linton comes off a very poor second compared to the narration of the Belgariad and the Mallorean, while I loved the story it was almost painful listening to this narration. I cannot recommend spending any money on this version of Belgarath the sorcerer.
While the story is worth a listen, this version is not worth the time or the money based on the quality of the narration.
Eddings is my favorite author. His earlier works are best. The Garion and Sparhawk books are wonderfully written. Great character development. Lots of adventure and lots of laughs, terrific combination.
I have to say that I cringed at some of the pronunciations the narrator made on some of the names in this book, but oh well, the story is still a good one.
This is a well loved book that is beautifully written. I love the story and enjoy reading it often. The back story to the hugely popular Belgariad and Malorean series is a must read for any fans for those series. My complaint with this audio book is that it is almost unbearable to listen too because of the narration performance by J. P. Linton. He reads with a cadence that will put you to sleep in 5 minutes flat if you can get over being completely annoyed by his presentation. His rendition of women's voices and especially Salmissra's voice is the scariest thing I have ever heard. Something akin to a drag queen with a serious smokers throat, on testosterone supplements and a slightly psychotic personality may come closest to describing it. I do not recommend this audio book to anyone. If you are a fan of the books written by David and Leigh Eddings, it will ruin the experience for you. If you aren't a fan, it will put you off of an otherwise amazing and epic story. It was a complete waste of money to buy both the Belgarath and Polgara audio books
I have all the of David Eddings audio book and love Cameron Beierle's portrayal of all the characters, and was a bit dissapointed that he was selected to narrate this book as well. Decided to try it anyway, J.P. Linton is probably suited for a different style of story, but in this book he seems not to have read any of the previous book. He makes Belgarth sound haughty, and his narration does flow naturally.As a results I almost stopped listening, had it not been for the story itself this book would be a waste of time.
Every review pretty much said "bad narration" but meh... i didnt really notice, i read the story when i was at school and decided to listen to it at work after 7-8 yrs had past...i enjoyed every bit of the story :) belgarath is a funny old coote...5 Stars :)
Stop it. Don't buy this. Please read the reviews. J.P. Lipton sounds like your absentee grandfather butchering your favorite bedtime story this one time a year he visits.