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
I would recommend the book, as I have read it several times, but only if they've read the others in the series. It has everything that makes Eddings fun to read, good descriptions, snappy banter, fun characters.
The story itself is a lot of fun, it's hard to chose just one moment, however, "baking boards" tends to spring to mind.
Any one else, preferably someone who doesn't think that big means the character talks slowly, and who understands that Belgarath is a dramatic storyteller. This book is written in Belgarath's voice, and I don't think he would tell it in a boring, almost monotone.
It is a follow up book, and it already has a follow-up book. 10 books in the series is enough.
Aside from the story, the narrator did a good job of creating unique voices for different characters, and he has a very rich and expressive voice.
Nothing really except for Polgara the Sorceress naturally. The book spans over eons, yet the story never has that tired feeling to me, like it's just filling in gaps. Other stories I've read that stretch across thousands of years often bore me.
I have not, but aside from a couple of pronunciations that I'm sure most disagree with, I think he did a really good job. His voice was not a voice I would have imagined for this character, but he did a fine job regardless. I'm mystified by all of the negative reviews of this narrator for this book and suspect that people are just stuck on the narrator of the Belgariad and the Mallorean.
I read it ten or so years ago, so I already remembered most of the important stuff.
Yes. While I find them kind of dry sometimes, they are overall good books.
He sounded like a buffoon and ruined the whole novel for me.
I would cut the narrator out.
This would of been a great book if not for the narration.
No. I have read all of Eddings books and am now listening to them to pass time as I drive, but I think the reading of them was a much more emersive experience.
I think the narrator would have been fine if I had not listened to the Belgariad series prior to listening to this book. I think the production on the other books were better.
Yes, have read the series many times!
I thought the reading was poor, perhaps knowing the books well I had higher expectations.
The story is decent, typical Eddings fare - middle-grade to YA, simplistic dialog, obvious plot (thrown in your face some times), but still mostly fun. It's a good "fill-in-the-blanks" backstory for the Belgariad / Mallorean universe. My only real problem with it was the narrator, who was severely distracting in his constant "smarmy-used-car-salesman-meets-movie-trailer-narrator" voice, and often his inflections on things conveyed a very different emotion from what the story at that point was trying to convey.
I love the story - I have owned the books for many years now and decided to purchase the audio to listen to while driving, etc. I still love the storyline of this novel, yet I found the narrator so irritating that I nearly turned it off several times. It was only because I knew the story that I continued to listen. Linton did get a bit better after a while, but his sing-song style and emphasis on the wrong words, as well as his constant mispronunciations of a key character's name, really bugged me. I also found some of the voices he used for his characters cringe worthy - particularly Belgarath and Silk. Silk sounded like a pathetic, cringing fool and Belgarath sounded too young and weak.
I love all of the characters in this series, though, as I stated previously, I wasn't too happy with the way Linton voiced them. He also made any Alorn he came across sound increadibly simple and foolish, talking slowly. This was completely opposite to my interpretation of the characters.
Anyone! Seriously, Cameron Bierely has been doing the other novels in the series (except for 'Polgara the Sorceress') and although I don't find him perfect, at least his pronunciation and voices don't annoy me enough to have me cursing him in my head and considering turning off the story (aside from his pronunciation of 'quay' phonetically, but I understand that's an American thing, so fair enough).
The Eddings' are amongst my favourite authors. I wish Audible would get someone else to rerecord this book, as it is enough to turn any newbie away from a pair of brilliant story writers.