Glorious story read by the very actor who brought James Harriot to life in the British series, how could anyone ask for more? How about a background free of indistinct chatter loud enough to be a significant distraction? The distracting verbage waxed and waned, and could only be ignored when I turned the volume down so soft that I then lost the nuances of Timothy's wonderful performance. I was disappointed to say the least. I do not recall hearing this noise on the CDs I borrowed from the library years ago, read by the same narrator. Is this a different edition, or just poor importing into the Audible data base?
Fun, light story that answers the question (more or less) about the mysterious death rate of redshirts.
Yes, but with the caveat that you will probably be driven crazy by the word 'said'. I know I started to grind my teeth after a while when the dialogue would come fast and furious (and funny, don't forget funny), but with the word 'said' punctuating each and every line. Painful.
WIl Wheaton is the true gem in this story. I've listened to other stories he's read, and while he always does a good job, in this book he elevates the material to a joyous, riotous farce that will tickle the heart of any Trekker.
I'm tempted to get more books by the author, but only if someone can assure me he uses something (anything!) else but the word 'said' in his dialogue writing.
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.
The story is a fascinating exploration of the backdrop of the two prior series. The narrator is not as strong or interesting to listen to as the prior narrator, but neither is he as bad as many of the reviews state. It took approximately an hour to make the transition to this new narrator, but once done I was able to enjoy the story well enough. I well admit that his habit of ending declarative sentences on a upward pitch was annoying, but I was able to accept it as a foible and move beyond it. If a listener has enjoyed the two series, I would recommend this book.
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