I'd like to find another audiobook of this. This narrator is awful. I regret buying this book. It's almost painful to listen to, but I love the book itself. Why couldn't they get the Belgarian and Mallorean narrator?
I've read all David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean books multiple times. I like them all. I also liked the audio versions of the ten books in the main series. Couldn't they have gotten the same narrator back? The reader for this volume 1) doesn't know and apparently didn't ask how to pronounce the character names, and 2) uses such arch and bombastic intonations that I can't stand to listen to it. It's like fingernails on a blackboard: within twelve minutes I was wildly irritated.
Have to agree with most reviewers on this. The mispronounced names drove me to distraction during this, and the voice for Silk was pathetic. Loved the book,
will drop this recording in the bit bucket. Thankfully the Belgariad and Malloreon were much better.
I really love this book. It is at least as good, and maybe even a little better than the rest of the series. As the first prequel to the two five book series, it gives you a detailed background of one of the main characters, as well as fill in the details of some of the past events that are often referred to in the original stories. The character of Belgarath was one of my favorites, so I was glad to have a book that was mainly about him.
However, as has been stated by almost ever other reviewer, the narration is just awful. I feel terrible for Mr. Linton getting hit so hard in these reviews, but the least he could have done was listen to a book or two from the original series to get the pronunciations of the names straight. It is very hard to tell the difference between voices, and so conversations can be confusing. There are often no pauses in between lines spoken by different characters so instead of sounding like a conversation it sounds like one big long run-on sentence with no puctuation. (Like that) I also went straight from the last book in the series on to this one, and the quality of the audio did not help the already terrible narration. Of the many audiobooks I have listened to, this was, I am very sorry to say, the worst narration I have heard. Still, it is a great story, and if you are a fan of the rest of the series, you will most likely enjoy this one. I have found that after a while, if the story is good, the narration becomes easier to live with, and one can still enjoy the book.
Author David Eddings tells an epic story of how it all began. Just as you think things have come to an end and life will so return to normal. Sorcerer Belgarath takes you back to when it all began. From him as a young man to the birth of his daughters. Through the death of the Rievan King and his family to the rebirth of the God slayer Belgarian. This complelling story will be hard to stop listening to. Eddiings does not let you down with this book.
The book is one of my favorites from when I was older. The narration on this was just terrible. The audio quality wasn't that great, I had to keep turning the volume up on my headset to hear it. There was a very huge lack in making each individual character there own. There where a few that had a voice of their own but that's about it. I will avoid this narrator like a plague.
ANYONE else. Cameron Beierle would have been my first choice on this book.
Dissappointment, then anger.
Geeks rule the world!
Hard to say, because after listening to the Belgariad and the Malloreon by a wonderful narrator I struggled to listen to this hack destroy the story.
The essence of what David Eddings wrote came across and I loved how it summarized all that happened in the 7000+ years of Belgarath's life. But, I hated the narration so much I stopped listening and bought the book.
Terry Brooks Alanon the Druid series, I would have considered the Robert Jordan series but it was too winded and got way too boring.
Monotonous, lack of effort to put uniqueness into each character or make them seem alive, lazy.
Cameron Beierle makes the original book sound so much alive, it is one of the few series I laughed a lot and could picture the characters in my mind from the narrator. I think the Harry Potter narrator and the Eragon narrator did the same.
I just wish the final two books of the wonderful series had Cameron to conclude the story.
I've read this book many times and loved it- I highly recommend the story. Unfortunately, the narration was terrible. The narrator has a rich, resonant, but insincere voice. He appears to have no understanding of what he is reading, so he accents words at random which causes all the humor and emotion to be lost in pretty but meaningless noise. He'd be just right as a game show announcer, but I can't even make it through chapter 2- it's too much of a struggle to find the real meaning in all that sound. I love the story enough I may go searching for the other version some reviewers have mentioned.
Absolutely not. It was good, but some of the exchanges between characters... they should not be read TO you, they should be read BY you. If not, some of the fun that Eddings puts in is bound to be lost.
It's a little hard shifting gears from the previous books all read by Cameron Beierle to this narrator. Beierle had his faults, but his narrations are the best so far. But all in all, the reading and character voices were well done.
However, I seriously wish the narraters would put in the time to get the name pronunciations right. I really don't understand how they can mangle some of them so badly. Here's something "straight from the horse's mouth" I found after a 15 second Google search.
I think I would have liked this story; however, I could not get past the first 30 minutes due to the narrator. His style was distracting and irritating, I could not focus on the storyline and gave up, rare for me. A loss of a credit has taught me to use the 'sample' option before purchasing.