As with Book 1 of this series Cameron Beierle simply ruined the experience. His narration was atrocious. Mispronunciations, inconsistency with regard to character voices, and over the top emphasis on certain words made me cringe. Do not waste your money/credits on this series like I did. You'll never get them back. I could only hope the publisher would re-narrate the books and actually pay attention to the performance before putting them up for sale.
I am an enthusiastic Audible.com customer and recommend it to all my friends, but when it comes to this series of audio books....do not bother. I am a HUGE David Eddings fan, the Belgariad and Malorian series of books are among my all time favorites. But Cameron Beierle absolutely butchered these works with his horrible narration. He overplayed his characters to the point that it was painful. He seemingly lacked any ability to maintain continuity of a specific characters voice...switching accents for one person as many as THREE times in a single part. Literally...One character switched from a heavy Slavic, to Irish, to English in one run on sentence. It was like that with most characters. He put undue emphasis on several words, rolling letters in the pronunciation when it wasn't necessary. It's like he was simply exercising his range to hear himself speak. I cannot express how disappointed I was.
Beierle's performance ruined this for me. I bought books 1 and 2 and couldn't finish book 1 it was so bad. I gave book 2 a try hoping someone at the publishers house had actually corrected the problem. Unfortunately it was the same in book 2. I should have read more of the reviews on this audio book. My money was wasted. If they were to bring someone else in and redo these books I would gladly give them another try. Say the folks that did the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Those audio books have proven to be a delight.
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