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.
Yes, the the basic story line is very interesting. However, in this book, Polgara is extremely self-centered and egotistical. It's much more than the banter shared between Polgara and Belgarath in the other stories. The character admits to the behavior in her auto-biography, but shows no remorse or regret for it.
No, the book is just a bad book for the genre
They chose a female narrator since much of the book is in the first person voice of Polgara. However her pronunciation is off on many key words. Not only off of how I have pronounced them for years, but totally off from the narrator of the other novels. It sounds like a different world, with some words almost unrecognizeable. The emphasis is on the wrong syllable.
If you are narrating a book in a series or a world, narrated by another narrator, you need to listen to a couple of the other books to understand the characters and pronunciation. Adding your own style is disruptive and distracting.
I have been reading the Belgariad/Mallorean series for almost 20 years, and after finding the audio versions, I was thrilled. I began with Belgarath the Sorcerer and thought it was rather well read. Some of his pronunciations ("Kenedra"? Really?) and voices (the female characters sounded odd, but what can you do?) had me cringing a bit, but overall I was quite pleased with what I heard.
After "Belgarath, I moved on to "Polgara the Sorceress" and I was blown away. I do not know why so many people have taken issue with Ms Perlman's narration, since to me, she read the voice of Polgara as close to prefectly as it could be done. The tones, the emotions, it was just, well, Polly! I know it's been said that pronunciation was an issue, and I do agree that her choices on a few nouns like "Ctuchik" and "Vo Mimbre" did make my ears jangle, but when I heard the voice, I saw a lovely woman with lavender eyes and raven hair with one white lock speaking her story.
I know some people also think the narrator's voice makes Polgara come across harshly. I did not hear her as high-handed or mean or snippy or anything like that. She was a 3000-something lady who had lived through the supposed abandonment of her mother and death of her sister, dealt with a reprobate father, ruled a duchy for centuries, had her first love die defending her home and spent over 1000 years protecting children who were not her own. She had a bit on her plate; a touch of attitude is allowed to come creeping into the narrative at times and I think Ms Perlman captures that wonderfully.
All in all, "Polgara" is absolutely my favorite of the audio versions of the Belgariad universe. I tried listening to "Pawn of Prophecy" and couldn't bring myself to opt for book 2; the reader just couldn't bring me back to the wonder I'd had for so many years. But at the end of "Polgara, I just wanted to start listening again and immerse myself in the world that Eddings built.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
Polgara lives three thousand years (or so) and I could only manage to make it through the first hundred before the urge to retch became irresistible and I had to pull the plug. What a pointless story!
This could be a case study in the difference between showing and telling - always telling you and rarely showing you.
A million weird names does not creativity make.
I have no clue why this book or series is so highly rated.
Including the books in the Belgariad series, Mallorian series, and the stand alone Belgarath the Sorcerer, this is the twelfth book in this series. David Eddings is my favorite author, and I LOVED the performances of the previous books, so I was very excited to hear Dina Pearlman perform Polgara. I was so disappointed! She changed the pronunciation of almost every name in the book in relation to the earlier narrations. I understand Thant some people may pronounce things differently, but some of her pronunciations don't even follow the spelling. She pronounces Ctuchik (proper pronunciation is Toochick) Chewtick?!?! There were eleven previous books and in all of them the names were pronounced properly. Maybe she should have listened to one of them first. Ruined the story for me.
I was on a binge, listening to all 12 books in a three week span. I really wanted to get through this book but guest appearances from 50's movie characters really make it difficult to enjoy. Things started off badly when I realized that the Wicked Witch of the West was playing Ce'Nedra. Peter Pan put in several appearances, playing the parts of many male characters. The worst was Joan Crawford playing Poledra with a voice of a board New York aristocrat. It sounded like she thought it was suuuuch a chooor to even taaaaalllk. I kept expecting her to finish a sentence with "daaarling".
I started skipping Poledra parts, then finally gave up. Narration has to be really, really bad for me to give up. Especially after listening to the first 11 books. Sadly, I could not take it any more. Maybe I'll find it at a used book store and finish it the old fashioned way.
I loved the Belgarion series and the sequel Belgarath. Polgara early life was told so that you finally get the whole picture. only issue with the narrator was she miss pronounced a few of the unique words, especially the country Malloreah. Mall-or-e-ah. not mall-ore-y. Glad to be able to listen to it again and again.
I wasn't too sure about getting this one because of it being narrated by a woman. It made sense but I prefer listening to softer voices but this was a very good recording of one of my favorite books.