As with Belgarath the Sorcerer, this book's narration was an abomination. My absolute favorite set of books, and listening to Cameron read the Belgariad and the Mallorean, I was absolutely astounded at the poor choice of narrators for these later two books. Once you got past Cameron's introduction (he has a funny way of saying spokane washington) he did great. These later two were awful.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
This is one of those stories that shouldn't be read without first reading David Eddings other books. I love Polgera and all the other characters from the Belgariad. I am glad to finally learn more about her she was such a mystery that needed solving. David and Leigh are a great team. Dina Pearlman is a perfect pick for the voice of Polgera.
I had recently listened to "Belgarath the Sorcerer" really enjoyed it. My problem is, Dina Pearlmen's pronunciation on place and character names was so far off from the other book that it took me a while to realize whom or where she was speaking of. If you are going to be an audio book narator. You should have at least a passing aquaintance with the story and charactors.
The only issue I had was that the narrator didnot pronounce some of the names correctly. I think it would have benefited her to listen to the narrations of the other books in the series to keep the pronunciation consistent. She has a pleasant voice although she didn't have much variation in her character portrayals, Beldin and the twins were almost identical and she tended to give the woman characters all high squeaky voices except for Polgara and her mother. Still all in all I enjoyed the reading. I am a big fan of the Belgariad and I am looking forward to listening to the sequel series the Mallorian next.
Fantastic ending to the series. Yes there's some issues in the pronunciation of a few words but on the whole it aligns with the books. At least she can pronounce Ce'Nedra correctly. Unlike the terrible narrator of "Belgarth," she acts well and is a masterful Polgara. This might be my favorite reading of any of the audiobooks.
This book is for me, I have it in hardback and have enjoyed it several times.
I have read the entire series several times and there are way too many memorable moments to be limited to just one. With Polgara it is attitude and insight that create the memorable moments.
I have read the series and enjoyed it several times. I have also listened to the rest of the series narrated by Cameron Beierle three times and loved every minute. I cannot for the life of me imagine how this narrator was selected or how anyone familiar with the rest of the audiobook series allowed this to be published. This narrator has obviously never listened to the rest of the series, because she has no feeling for the depth and character of Polgaras personality and bearing when dealing with others, or even day to day situations. Further, she didn't bother to learn the accepted pronunciations of names and places common to the series. I have tried twice now to listen to this book and I can't make it to the end of the first chapter before I am thoroughly annoyed and disgusted. I am going to make the time to go back and read the book for myself because it really is a delightful story and Polgara is a literary treasure.
Only the narrator.
If Cameron would do the book, I will buy it in a heart beat.