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.
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.