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Guardians of the West: The Malloreon, Book 1 | [David Eddings]

Guardians of the West: The Malloreon, Book 1

Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.
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Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.

© and (P)2004 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.

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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 06-27-12
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 06-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Fantastic First Rate Fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    Picked this one up on sale - big fan of all things fantasy from Tolkien to Patrick Rothfuss and I'm not sure how David Eddings slipped under my radar for so long. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel beginning to end. Also the first Cameron Beierle narrated audiobook I've listened too - impressive narration.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Xilon Gimhae, South Korea 06-21-12
    Jeff Xilon Gimhae, South Korea 06-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good beginning to the Second Half of the Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardians of the West to be better than the print version?

    It's been a long time since I've read the Guardians of the West but I think I'd say yes to this. It's an easy read and it makes for an easy listen as well. Having the various characters' dialogue come alive is quite nice. The dialogue is probably the best part of Eddings' writing so it really works well as an audio experience.


    What other book might you compare Guardians of the West to and why?

    Well let's be honest - The thing about David Eddings is that one book is pretty much like another. If you've read or listened to the Belgariad well then, here's more of the same. If you've read or listened to his Sparhawk books then here's more of the same - only more young adult than adult (not that that's a bad thing) and more side stuff going on (because the series is 5 books instead of 3).


    What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

    There comes a point in a book like this where you realize - wow there are a huge number of characters in this book and the reader is doing all of them by himself. He also does a good job of defining accents for each of the various peoples of the world. It's not perfect - in particular the voices of Belgarion and Errand often sound the same to the point of confusion - but it's not a huge problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Eddings' fantasy series are, above all else, fun. This is his second seriers with these characters and could more rightly be considered book 6 of 10 instead of 1 of 5, though you could start here if you wanted to. On problem for some could be that at this point in the story some old characters you may love have to fade into the background and some new ones step forward to take their place. I personally miss some of the old characters who are relegated to bit parts, but the new characters Eddings gives us do tend to be far more interesting than what we had in the Belgariad and add a lot in diversity to the cast.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn Wooster, OH, USA 02-12-10
    Vaughn Wooster, OH, USA 02-12-10
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    "Good but starts slow"

    Good book. I felt the narration was good. The first half of the book was a bit slow but got pretty good as it ended. I understand this was the setup book. If you can make it past the first half you will enjoy the rest of this book and most certainly the series. I like how he puts accents on the different characters depending what country they were from. I would recommend this but give it a chance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Altadena, CA, USA 02-29-08
    Anna Altadena, CA, USA 02-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Equalize Please"

    The story and the reading were both excellent. My only complaint is that the recording seemed to put a lot of emphasis on the higher pitched sounds (particularly when the reader read the letter 's'). The contrast was so great that I had to turn the volume up and the treble all the way down in my car not to have my ears hurt a bit by the end of my commute.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-15-12
    Susan Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "And the fun begings"
    What did you love best about Guardians of the West?

    The story started slowly but I fell in love with all of the people who inhabit the pages. With each new book you learn more about everyone. By the end of the series you know everyone and they are like old friends. The print version lives happily on my bookshelf.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wildmon az 07-01-08
    wildmon az 07-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "slow start but worth it"

    This was a slow starter, but the rest of the series makes it worth it, even though it is a long series, and probably could have been shortened by a book, it is a great series. The reader is a good story teller and brings the characters to life. In short, even though some sections get a bit tiresome, the whole is worth it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 11-06-13
    Nicholas SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 11-06-13
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    "Not a bad start for the second seiries"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardians of the West to be better than the print version?

    I would only because i work at a computer all day answering phones i can type and listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Senedra she reminds me of my wife. Firey short tempered red head.


    What three words best describe Cameron Beierle’s voice?

    Interesting he does all of the characters with there personality's and he is really good at distinguishing voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Great Epic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Humpty Doo, Australia 09-19-13
    Kim Humpty Doo, Australia 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to get into at first."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend only because its the first of the series. It was quite slow and hard to get into and follow at first, especially with all the names/places however this may have been because I read this series first, not realizing there was a series before it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Lampell Novato, Ca United States 03-02-13
    Mike Lampell Novato, Ca United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To be fair, I could not get past the first two chapters. The author tried to paint such a deep and complex world with a mythological and factual history. I just wanted to get to a compelling story. It may have done that in chapter 3, but I gave up before then.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya United Kingdom 02-20-13
    Tanya United Kingdom 02-20-13

    New to the whole audible sitch x x Just discovering the kindle also, holding a book still means a lot to me x x

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    "My 1st Audio Book Purchase"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardians of the West to be better than the print version?

    I'm still trying to get my head round kindle and ebook readers so I right now I still vote for the printed word but for the daily commute to drown out the edjits with blaring headphones with tinny sounds then the audiobook is the way to go!!!

    Put your headphones in and you are there!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a Belgarion fan and if he was real then I would love Orlando Bloom to play him ha ha x x The characters are fantastic and each comes alive with David and Leigh Eddings x


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As I read a book I make up my own pronounciations so to hear some of the characters, places and titles spoken had me sit up and think - 'who was that?' 'where?' . I got over that though and I found it easy to follow although the falsetto voices for the women were a bit off putting but its not easy I guess.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would have to be a tag line to the whole Belgariad and Mallorean volumes and I am in no way qualified for that one x x x


    Any additional comments?

    Have already purchased more of the series and for the Elenium x x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jonathan
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    4/13/13
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    "Brilliant continuation of the saga...."

    The story continues from where we left off after the Belgariad, building on the picture of the main characters lives and sowing the seed for this next epic adventure. Enthralling story, engagingly read by Cameron Beierle, throughly enjoyable listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lance
    11/7/08
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    "still on song"

    Still very very good
    a brill story with good narration

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ayesha
    London, United Kingdom
    1/27/09
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    "Guardians Of The West by David Eddings"

    Garion is sure that the prophecy concerning him has been fulfilled, so when he is called upon to settle conflicts and fights, he feels agrieved, but takes his duties as king of Riva and overlord of the west, seriously. But troubles beset him as his young son is kidnapped as there is another powerful dark enemy on the loose ... David Eddings draws us once more into the world of his epic fantasy, creating thrilling scenarios and suspense-filled reads. Join Garion and his friends in their new quest to rescue the prince Garan and to combat yet more evil.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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