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Castle of Wizardry: The Belgariad, Book 4 | [David Eddings]

Castle of Wizardry: The Belgariad, Book 4

It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic.
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It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic. After that, Garion feels assured his part will be finished. But the prophecy still holds several surprises for Garion, and for the Imperial Princess Ce'Nedra.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more titles in the Belgariad series.

© and (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 05-22-10
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 05-22-10 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "One step closer..."

    As I said before I think Cameron Beirle consolidates his footing better and better with each novel. This is no exception. I noticed fewer and fewer inconsistencies with his narration, particularly in this installment.
    Having regained the Orb of Aldur from Ctuchik, the now-vanquished disciple of Torak, Belgarion and his companions must escape from the crumbling city of Rak Cthol, pursued by the soldiers of the maniacal king of Cthol Murgos as well as by the sinister arts of the now-leaderless Grolim priests. Only then can they return the Orb to the Hall of the Rivan King, which Polgara reveals must be accomplished by Erastide. From there Belgarion must set out to meet a destiny beyond
    his imagining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Albert rock springs, WY, USA 12-31-07
    Albert rock springs, WY, USA 12-31-07
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    "excelent"

    read these books as a teenager and listening to them 20 or so years later there still awesome

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-30-14
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    "Classic Eddings (reasonably) well delivered"
    What did you love best about Castle of Wizardry?

    The five book Belgariad canon has been one of my regular pleasures, with the books re-read any number of times. This audible version is reasonably well done, difficult due to the number of different characters and races, but I find the narrator's mispronunciation of some words a little distracting.


    What other book might you compare Castle of Wizardry to and why?

    In some respects similar in tone and type to Tolkien, although the underlying mythos isn't nearly as deep or complex.


    What aspect of Cameron Beierle’s performance would you have changed?

    Needs to be more careful of pronunciation of some common words. otherwise, a very solid performance


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    james beaverton, OR, United States 03-26-13
    james beaverton, OR, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "allways a good read"
    What made the experience of listening to Castle of Wizardry the most enjoyable?

    good story and really good narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    was nice to see things start to come together


    What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

    i liked his voices for the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no to long


    Any additional comments?

    david eddings are all pretty good for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jheri Gates Las Vegas, NV United States 02-11-13
    Jheri Gates Las Vegas, NV United States 02-11-13
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    "Completely Intriguing!"
    Would you listen to Castle of Wizardry again? Why?

    Yes I definitely would. I recommend reading/listening to the previous books in the series first, but the story is engaging and very exciting. A great fantasy story of the classic coming-of-age and good vs evil. The character development is phenomenal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are so quirky and unique. The way they interact and behave is highly entertaining, they are all so great!


    What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved listening to this book because the voices add unique depth to the characters. I'm just a fan of variety, and each character has a voice that matches his personality and compliments the circumstances so well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is very long so one sitting is pretty impossible. But I definitely rushed through the book every opportunity I had.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    smokeyjunk@comcast.net Seattle, WA 02-09-13
    smokeyjunk@comcast.net Seattle, WA 02-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The next best thing to reading the book yourself."
    Where does Castle of Wizardry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. Between the story and Beierle's narration, the whole Belgariad and Malloreon are right up there with only one or two others.


    Any additional comments?

    Beierle had his faults--he gets a little carried away with his accents (and I think he misses the mark significantly on a few), but his narrations are the best so far.

    However, I seriously wish the narrators would put in the time to get the name pronunciations right. I really don't understand how they can mangle some of them so badly. Here's something "straight from the horse's mouth" I found after a 15 second Google search.

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    Amber Cooper Atlanta GA 10-30-12
    Amber Cooper Atlanta GA 10-30-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Cameron Beierle is amazing"

    I absolutely liked the story a lot, but what made it become love was the narration by Cameron Beierle. That man is TALENTED! 8 different accents and sooo much more. If you have never read the Belgariad, listen to it now. If you read it before and liked it, listen to it now and fall in love with it.

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    Christopher Willaimsport, PA, United States 06-17-11
    Christopher Willaimsport, PA, United States 06-17-11
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    "Not the Narrator I would like."

    i have nothing personally against the narrator. however, everyone in the story seems to either have a slow speach impediment or they are closely related to pepe' la' pewe. i have read all of Eddings books as far as i know. and this particular series is by far my favorite. i just was not happy with the narration. the only voice in the whole series that really seems to fit the character would be Beldin. he was done to perfection. i personnally feel as though this would be a great story to have done "dramatized" with an all star cast..
    lol, feel free to contact me for voice recommendations. please do not misunderstand me, the narrator would was fine whenever he was reading the "narration", it is only the voices that ruined it for me.

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    Gina Winter Apex, NC USA 04-02-10
    Gina Winter Apex, NC USA 04-02-10
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    "Great books, not so great narrator"

    I love these books and re-read them often. I decided to purchase an audio copy so that I could multi-task. The narrator however, is very disappointing. He is decent for the narration, but his accents & pronunciations are inconsistent, he mispronounces words and his vowels (git instead of get, for example) are awful. With a better narrator I would give it 5 stars.

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    Julianne Smith Searcy, AR United States 12-30-09
    Julianne Smith Searcy, AR United States 12-30-09
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    "Solid Fantasy Series"

    This series is very well written with a lot of interesting twists. The prologs tend to be a bit wordy and the names tend to be hard to pronounce but once you get through those things the stories progress rapidly with excellent well written story lines. The books get better as the series progresses.

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    "again"

    still holding my attaention
    excellent

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  • Ayesha
    London, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "Castle Of Wizardry by David Eddings"

    Garion is sure his part in the mysterious quest that took him away from Faldor's farm is over. But he is wrong! In this book, he must flee a crumbling fortress, fight dark magic and fulfill parts of an ancient prophecy even he does not know about. Armies, princesses and matters of the heart are set to beseege Garion and the imperial princess Xenedra in this penultimate part. Join them as they near the end of their unexplained quest ...

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