Up towards the top. Of course, I'm a fan of Eddings, so I am prejudiced.
Yes and no. I have read the book numerous times, so I knew what was going on, yet, mr. Berman's reading is such that I really got into the story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
His voices and accents were pretty good. He also gave emotion to the characters, as well as drawing out their personalities.
Smiled a lot.
You folks need to have this Berman fellow narrate The Losers, and especially High Hunt, both by Eddings. He would do a very nice job on them, I think.
Having seen the movie, to hear all that wasn't shown, was awe inspiring. My heart went out to Marcus because of the movie, my soul because of the book.
If an Eddings fan, yes. Love of the story goes further than dislike of the reader.
I read the Rivan Codex, and thought that hearing Belgarath's story, from the beginning would be neat. Then came BtS. I've read it many times, and to have it on audio book is great.
Let me preface this by saying that Cameron Beierle, who read the 10 books that make up the Belgariad and the Mallorean, did a most excellent job. That set mr. Linton up for disappointment. He apparently never listened to the previous books, which, fair or not, set in one's mind the characters. He also mispronounces the names, puts the emphasis in the wrong place. An example is Ce'Nedra. If one had read the series, or listened to them, one would know how to pronounce her name. Yet, apparently mr. Linton did no homework, and pronounces it like Kenedra. There are other mispronunciations, but I'm sure you get the point. A good reader can make a story come alive. A bad one can ruin it. Mr. Linton doesn't ruin the story, but he does lessen it. A good example would be the late Frank Muller. He could make a story come to life. I was saddened at the motorcycle accident that took his career, and later, his life. His passing meant that they had to find a different reader for King's Dark Tower series. They picked George Guidall, and while he did a very good job, it was an adjustment from the way Muller narrated. I did still enjoy the story. Too critical? Perhaps. Yet, the narrator can make the story come alive, or just remain a story. With mr. Linton, it's just a story.
No. Unlike Beiele, Linton's reading doesn't have that quality.
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