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.
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.
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.