My favorite set of books ever, so this one added to that.
The performance was ghastly. That narrator was aboslutely awful. Ce'Nedra is actually X'Nedra, and should be a soft 'c'... it's not Ca-nedra. The guy is just absolutely brutal to listen to.
I loved the book when I read them 10 years ago, I was so excited to see them here that I purchased the first 2 without reading the reviews....I have tried twice, but I just can not (believe) listen to the narrators portrayal of the characters. I am sorry to have to say this, but I want my credits back.....
Because it keeps you interested.
When he had to retrieve his daughter by buying her with his gold.
No. Not sure.
Yes because the series is has bits and pieces in it but it explains those places where it catches you wondoring.
I like the book and the narrator seemed to be appropriate for this story.
I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.
The language was old fashioned and hard to follow...
Used a simple straight forward narrative - thou this thou that was so annoying
The actual scenes were not bad but the language was cumbersome.
David and Leigh Eddings did a great job with this story. The BelGariad is an awesome story and I really love it. I've read all of the books in this series, and I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys high fantasy.
The big problem with this audio book series is J. P. Linton. He continuously mispronounces most of the proper names of characters and places. Unfortunately, it takes away from the story to have the names mis-pronunsticated.
For example, the name of the main character is BELgarath not Bel-GARE-eth. His daughter's name is PolGARa, not Pol-GARE-a.
Its very annoying...
I'd prefer not to.
Yes; but that's due to the story, not the performance.
Went through time too fast, not enough detail baout people, places etc. Not enough descriptions.
I would only try if the narrator was different.
Belgarath is an interesting character but you have to think to hard because the narration is not done well. Most of the characters sound the same so there is no individuality.
I think that he was trying too hard. He would be better suited as a sports announcer. He doesn't have a bad voice (deep and rumbly like Jim Frangione) BUT it sounded like it was his first book. He was overzealous in his attempt to narrate this book. His voice would work for maybe one or two characters in the book but NOT all of them.
The book is long BUT the story is good. If you can get past the narration you would enjoy it. I could not so I did not finish the book.
The Belagiad and the Mallorian are two of my favorite series, I have read them many many times and have listen to them 3 or 4 times.
This is great follow up filling in the blanks.
Narrated by Cameron Beierle would have easily saved the audiobook .
J. P. Linton seem to dumb down characters with his choices of voices , inflections..etc..
...not to mention , after listening to the Belgariad and the Malloreon, the pronunciations of most every name, place and race drove me nuts.. I found myself constantly " correcting "
all of them as I listened .
Linton sounds like he just finished one too many children's' tales and couldn't get out of mode .
no... If you hadn't listened to the Belgariad and the Malloreon , you would never check them out .
If you had , this would make you pull your hair out to try to make it through the story to gain some background while listening to Linton butcher it .
He made the characters sound , well , dopey , in every respect I can think of .
He must not have taken time to listen to the Belgariad and the Malloreon to see what the names
of pretty much everything sounded like as well as possibly gaining some character base .
Granted , I am sure he does fine on other books , but , come one... this is a prequel and there are two series that have been narrated by Cameron Beierle to put your narration up against .
The writing was iffy off and on through out . Just a prequel written more along the lines of the first two series would have been nicer . Belgarath just came off a little odd with comments that didn't really fit his "style "
didn't get that far, having trouble listening to it.
over played melodramatic "voices" made it not only hard to listen to but hard to differentiate the characters. Voices were were unrelated to the personality of the characters.
I have read this series in the past and loved it. The narrator made this a total waste of my money.