Yes because it is a different type of book and keeps you interested.
When she was put into a position where she had to learn how to dance.
I thought her voice matched the type of story.
I thought the narrator's voice matched the story just fine.
The Belagiad and the Mallorian are two of my favorite series, I have read them many many times and have listen to them 3 or 4 times.
This is great follow up filling in the blanks.
She has completely mis-judged Polgara's character and reads with a sweet voice.
The death of her senechal, Kilean.
It should have been narrated by a man. Most of the characters appearing in the book are male and it would have made more sense. There are good male narrators out there who can pull off a rich woman's voice and throw a better variety into the rest of the cast. Plus it would have helped when supposedly huge brawny men bellowed out instead of listening to a woman's sweet tinkling effort.
I liked the reader. The story seemed to drag along but was interesting. If you haven't read the other series it would be a bit confusing.
Polagra. I like her depth of character.
I like the way she brought the story to life.
I laughed in a few places and a few places I cried.
I hadn't read the other book so I felt I missed quiet a bit.
The recording of this book shows signs of lax post production. nearly throughout, the last second or so of a sentence is cut off to start a new sentence. This has the effect of cutting off mid-word, and ruining any chance of dramatic pause. There are also several sections where the recording repeats itself. Thankfully this is only for a handful of words . These things combine to throw off the immersion of the story.
I've listened to the Belgariad and found the narration excellent and engaging. Dina Pearlman was aggravating not just because at times it was like Edie McClurg reading a children's book, or the fact that she reads UL like Yule, Mimbre like Mimbray, Taur Urgas as Tower Urgas, or Issa like Eye-Sa--those will make you cringe, but she turned Polgara's story/voice into someone more likely to be President of the PTA than a nearly 4K year old sorceress. All the adult male voices, when not spoken in a horrible Lucky Charms brogue, sound like various poor imitations of Donald Trump or Obama. The god's voices, like Torak, defy description beyond "auditory excrement." Typically, I tell my co-workers and girlfriend about the book I'm listening to--this one I kept to myself, embarrassed like a 14-year-old with a Hustler (satisfying a basic need but tasteless and shame-inducing). As bad as this one is, it is light-years better than the narration of Belgarath the Sorceror--I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes and got a refund from Audible. That one should be used on the folks at Guantanamo Bay.
The story is not bad and one that takes a LONG time to get going... I was a bit annoyed with the editing and the way the recorder seemed to cut off so after every word. It made the sound very sharp with a female narrator to the point where I almost stopped listening. All in all not bad but nothing great either you really not missing much if you skip.
RIght up front I'll admit to loving the saga of Belgarion. I greatly enjoyed Polgara the Soceress in book form and have been looking forward to the audio version. The prior reviews were more than a little off-putting, but I decided to complete my collection and am glad, for the greatest part, that I did.
I really enjoyed Polgara's story of her life and the exploration of what happened during her sojourn in Arendia and during the centuries protecting the RIvan line. For this, the narrator's voice as Polgara is fine. On the other hand, like many other reviewers, I was displeased by her choice of how to pronounce certain words such as Mallorea (Mall-o-re-a) and resented how such incongruous pronunciations would jerk me out of 'the moment'. Even so, this is endurable.
As cited in a prior review, the editing is poor. The breaks between chapters are all but non-existent and many transitions are so crowded as to feel like you are hearing a nonsensical run-on sentence. Thankfully, the chapters are long, and the awkward transitions infrequent.
For me, it is the voice she uses as Ce'Nedra which is utterly cringeworthy. It is truly horrible. Ce'Nedra isn't exactly a sympathetic character to begin with, and the narrator makes her sound like as a complete monster. With that voice, I cannot see how Garion would ever look at her twice, Prophecy or no Prophecy. Additionally, the voice of Poledra is unpleasant, although not cringeworthy. Silk's voice is whiny and Belgarath's voice callow with none of the richness brought by Cameron Beierle. Gratefully, Ce'Nedra and Silk are only present at the 'bookends' of the main story, not taking more than one hour of the 30. I could not have listened to the story otherwise.
Despite the negatives, my recommendation for those who love the series is to give this book a chance, but perhaps fast forward to the heart of the story. I know I will the next time I listen.
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.