Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to teach him, brush back his tangled hair, and comfort him. But he is going to a strange tower in the center of all he believes evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician, and she can't be there to watch over him. She may never see him again!
Thus continues The Belgariad, an epic prophecy still unfolding.
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©2000 David Eddings; (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Absorbing. Touches all the right fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fabulous! Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style. Exceedingly well portrayed." (Anne McCaffrey)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I stand by my statement in my review of Pawn of Prophecy. The best narrator for the Belgariad novels, for me at least, has always been and will always be Jon Beryl, who narrated the Talking Book versions. But Cameron Beirle does a better job of giving the characters personality. The problem he sometimes has is that sometimes multiple characters sound exactly the same. He also still often has difficulty pronouncing the same names the same consistently. But as I said before, this can perhaps be excused. Not only does he have to try to give voice to names that are difficult to read let alone say out loud, but I suspect that English wasn't his native language judging from his accent. That would make it harder on anyone. But he tries and he does a good job despite these difficulties. I've always wanted the Belgariad and Malloreon to be avaible in audiobook form commercially, but for years nobody seemed interested. Thanks to Books in Motion I got my wish.
As for this book, Cameron has some more new characters to deal with. He did a good job capturing the ancient sorrow of the god Mara and the evil of Ctuchik, as well as his fear and panic in the final moments of his cofrontation with Belgarath. He also does a good job on the emotionally conflicted Relg. I said before the Cameron was beginning to find his footing with Queen of Sorcery and he does seem to be improving with each book.
Beierle gets a bit carried away with off-the-mark accents (still fun to listen to, though), and mis-pronounced names, but he probably has the widest range of voices of any narrator I've listened to so far. And he does a good job of voice acting, not just reading.
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.
I remember reading these books as a teenager and enjoying them; as I currently walk to and fro work, I thought they'd be ideal for a bit of commuting brain candy. The stories are still as much fun as I remember, although the constant repetition of each character's establishing traits can be a little trying - for example, try taking a drink every time someone says 'you're a bad man, Silk'. You'll be on the floor in no time...
Unintentional hilarity is provided by the narrator, who is obviously a perfectionist as he strives constantly to improve his characterisations, often in the middle of a sentence! So Silk is either from Eastern Europe, Chelsea, or even Turkey or Greece, depending on what the narrator's feeling like - often's he's all three in a sentence. This can be annoying, but at least not as bad as it was in Queen of Sorcery, the book preceding this one (...all the Knights sounded like John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Less cheese, please.
Magical, Compelling, Envigorating
Prince "Silk" Keldar would have to be my favorite! The quick witted and slick-tongued little man never fails to surprise, impress, and humor me.
Cameron Beierle is his own cast. The voice talents used throughout the series is never duplicated between characters, and always premeditated. It's as if Cameron is so engrossed into the story that he feels what each character feels and knows how to portray their tiredness by yawning and talking at teh same time, or their mysticism with a inquiring tone, and, of course, malicious humor, as perfectly portrayed by Silk. I must admit, that if he doesn't play the voice of Silk when ever a movie is made, I'll be sorely disappointed with almost any other portrayal of the sharp faced and sinical little prince.
Admittedly, I listened to it over the course of 4 sittings, because of minions running around the place, however, it was captivating enough that when I listened to it while dead tired and falling asleep, I stayed awake for a couple of more hours because of the compulsion to know what Beierle is gonna say next.
I've read, and re-read this excellent adventure series by David Eddings several times over the past 20 yrs., but just recently purchased it in audio form. I must say Cameron Beierle has a gift with bringing out the accents and attitudes of each character. It took me some time to warm up to his voice, because I had already established the personalities in my head, but once I opened up to his reading of the story, it all became new again!
When Ce'nedra found out she was going to marry Garion
His voice is warm and full, and perfect for bringing a character to life.
When Garion revisited Faldors farm.....that moment, among others brought me to tears.
If you like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, you will most definitely love this action/adventure series.
The story's good as is the narration, my only problem is that the voices/accents don't stay with their characters. One minute Mandorellan's British, the he's French, the he sounds like Slavic Durnik.
Well done series, enjoyable if you are a fan of the serial fantasy genre. My only complaint is that I don't really like the way the narrator reads the main character... If feels contrived and overdone (and strangely inaccurate). Otherwise good.
the characters are starting to grow up and come in to their own. not long
"One of the best fantasies ever!"
This is a fairly old series - I read them 20 years ago, so buying the audiobook was nostalgia and curiosity. I love this story as much now as I did all those years ago!
Quick synopsis: a young farm boy (Garian) grows up ignorant of his place in the world and is dragged along in the wake of a disparate group of people intent on a quest to rescue a magical item called The Orb.
Along the way, he discovers that his family is a good deal older than they appear and that he himself is not what he thought he was and that he is part of a prophecy that will decide the fate of the entire world. Watching him grow up and discover his power is exciting and endearing. Saying any more than that will spoil the story for you.
The narrator: Cameron Beierle irritated me no end when I started but I became used to him and eventually quite enjoyed him. What did irritate me, though, is that he doesn't maintain accents very well and in fact can't even pronounce names consistently. For example, there's a place called Riva. Mr Beierle pronounces Reeva, R-I-va, R-A-va, R-i-va. Decide on one, for heaven's sake! Then there's C'enedra, pronounced Chenedra, Senedra, Cenedra... This actually happens with most of the names. At first, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, ie that he took care to pronounce names with the accent of the person he's narrating, but it was too inconsistent for this to be the case.
In the scheme of things, these are not deal breakers and the story is so wonderful that it's worth tolerating it.
"Magician's Gambit by David Eddings"
Here, Garion and the imperial princess Xinedra are forced to part. She, to live for a time with strange people, and he, to go and face the evil magician, Tucheck, deciple of Torak. Will he survive? Will they ever meet again? ... David Eddings continues his thrilling saga about a farm boy who knows little of the finer ways of life, but who is battling through his teens and with truths he is not totally capable of accepting. Read this book if you want to continue on with Garion on his quest.
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