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.
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.
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.
They list this book as a prequel however if you read this book or Belgarath the Sorcerer first it will totally spoil the other books in the series.
This story is excellent, but is marred by a poor narrator. Her general reading voice is decent, but she gives the characters voices that just don't fit. It is as if she didn't bother reading the earlier books so has no idea what the characters are like. She also some very odd inflections when reading in a characters voice.
The production is also flawed by boor sound editing. Throughout the reading many words are clipped off so they drop the final bit. It is very distracting. This is the second Audible production that I've listened to that had production problems. If you can find another audio source for this book I would suggest you buy that and avoid this one. If I could I would request a refund.
this is the 12th book in the series and I was extremely disappointed that so many names of peoples and places where pronounced wrong. other than that it is what I expected and was a good book.
I Love this book. Of course, you have to have gone through the previous books before you start on this one, but this book both fills inn some questions and give answers to Things you didn't know you were wondering about, and to top it of you get a facinating and exiting story as well. You may know how the story ends, but the Eddings know how to keep you interested despite that. Enjoy!
I've read and re-read this entire series several times and love it. Only complaint with the narrator for this book is she changes the pronunciation of some of the names from what the other narrators have used in the other books.