I love the story, I did not like the narration. I have no idea why anyone would enjoy the narration; it was catty. The way it was narrated, Polgara sounds so very contemptuous of everyone especially Belgarath. Grating is one word I'd use for the narration. I have the book and it was an easier read than 'listen'.
Ok, I LOVE THIS BOOK. I love this book so much i ignored the other reviews and purchased it off of the preview listen.
I love Polgara
I dont know that Dina Pearlman was bad in and of herself, I dont think she was the best choice for such a long story, I probably would have gone with Karen Savage, Juliet Stevenson, or my Fav Kimberly Alexis.The main problem was the VERY VERY SUPER BAD RECORDING. In the entire first chapter, the end of every sentence was cut off. Example: She went to the wind. It was warm in the hou. she decided to open the wind. It was stinky outsi. She hoped for a wind to come alo. That would blow away the stin.
How does that even happen in a recording? The ENTIRE FIRST CHAPTER. It came back a few more times in the recordings, AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. If Audible is going to charge that much for a recording, they should make sure the recording is worth it. Just because the book was long, that doesn't excuse such a high price for such a VERY BAD recording.
You don't cut any scenes out of this book! Yes it's long, but you have to love the entire story.
DO NOT BUY THIS RECORDING. YOU WILL BE VERY MAD AT YOURSELF IF YOU WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON SUCH A BAD RECORDING.
Polgara started off with lovely and poetic writing about a young girl
who comes to learn her destiny from a distant scholarly father and
a dead but very alive mother spirit. So far so good. Growing up, learning
was handled well. Later the politics, anti- witchery views
and other complications added elements to the brew that did not
help the story, in my view. I did not understand where they were going
and destroyed the very edifice the authors were creating. Why?
Parts of the story, rationale, structure and world lost sense and never
gained it again for me. I was very disappointed because of the promise
offered from the first page, that for me was lost half-way through. Try it
and see what you think.
Having listened to the whole series in order, from the original over to the Malorien and then Belgarath, i was looking forward to rounding off the whole story with a view from Polgara and how her mother fit into the whole scheme.
The story is wonderful and includes the 600 year stretch as a Countess, the relationship with her sister and all that you wanted to make the whole Epic one of the few that gave you a comprehensive experience from different points of view without too much repetition.
The speaker, although reading some of the characters in an identical voice,is an excellent orator and suited the Character of Polgara.
Yet, what made it very difficult to listen to was the Authors choice to make Polgara a bitch. She is portrayed as a high handed, arrogant and even spiteful character who is almost always right and any opinion counter to hers is either uninformed, wrong or childish. Her constant demeaning of her father and most men in general made her seem like the archetypical of a frustrated and men/father hating feminist. Yes, the author often sought to soften this image by acknowledging some activities of the key character but this was per functionally and incidental.
This was so predominant in the portrayal of Polgara's view, that it soured the previous books for me.
I am now at a stage, somewhere around the 33rd chapter where i will be taking a long break from listening to this story. This is not the 3rd such break and may be the end of the book for me.
This spiteful, condescending, moralising, egocentric person can not be someone who has had several thousand years of maturing. The constant derogatory comments about Belgareth and other key figures almost tares down the characters that were previously brought to life.
Polgara should have been one of Toracs Disciples, than this character would have made more sense. Not that she was blood thirsty, on the contrary. But all else would have fit Zadar or such.
you don't know how mad this book made me.this book is the same as Belgarath the sorcerer,there is just a different point of view on the same events. Don't waste your time getting this book it is the same thing as belgarath with the same cliff hanger.