Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.
When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear - even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.
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I have been reading it since 1989. With twelve books in the series David and Leigh were really able to develop the characters. The audio series is a whole new way to experience them too.
It's one of my favorites.
The fall of Vo Wacune: it made my cry when I first read the book years ago, and hearing it again I still teared up. It's heartbreaking.
Pearlman's acting is just right, it draws you in and it utilizes a consistent set of voices within an impressive range for the different characters. She can pull of a low, raspy brogue as well as a lilting soprano. The characters had diverse voices that kept it easy to follow who was speaking.
I certainly never got bored. It was something like 30 hours long though, and eventually you do feel the need to do something else.
I listen to audiobooks at work, and I've found it's important for them to be performed well for me to be able to follow when a small portion of my attention has to actually be on whatever boring task I'm doing. Pearlman's acting was superb, and I was never forced to jump back 30 seconds to figure out who was speaking or what was being said. It was very well performed.
3 in 1 (mom,Tesl,avid reader) looking for cashflow
This was the first book I read. It was a wonderful introduction to the series because it is an overview of the begining. Highly recomended
a good solid story a must read for polgara fans I intend on reading again
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Probably the best of Eddings I Have yet read. The tale is well told and fills in gaps left by other of his books. I enjoyed it greatly.
When reading Eddings' books, I find myself skipping over long descriptions to get to the next dialog. However, in audio form, the descriptions work masterfully.
There are a few words that are not pronounced correctly and a few emphasise on the wrong part of the sentence (in my opinion), but other than that, the performance is quite good.
I love this story. love the world that the Eddings family created. I want to emulate them in my own writing. I wish I could just add a 6th star to my review.
There is no peer group to compare this book with it's like trying to define 'good' it can only be defined in terms of itself in a never ending recursive loop. You could try comparing it with other books of David and Leigh's series but what would be the point? Good is good because it's not bad and bad can't be good because it's not etc etc etc.
My only concern is that with Cameron Bierle's reading of the entire Belgariad and Malorion series you'd think the Narrator could have listened to at least a few of them to get coaching on pronunciation. ctutcick is pronounced K'tuchik not chewtik. And in Guardians of the west Ce'Nedra literally explains to her husband why her name is pronounced the way it is: 'SayNaydra'. That's just two examples, but I think you get the point. Not that Cameron never got it wrong they just weren't glaring repetitive and therefore.... Irritating. Ok ok one example from 'The Seeress of Kell' was when they started calling Great Chaldan ((pronounced Kaldan) Bull God of Arendia) Chamdar. Which was a one time Sick-o-fant (Pun intended) to Ctutchick.
Anyhow... Performance not withstanding.; You've got the best Fantasy the entire Genre has to offer.
Literally. I've tried to read others and the only time they do me any good is when I can't sleep.
The fleshing out of the history of the two main series
Pol's Mocking of Zedar in "sally's" throne room
No Ive read the book so i bought this more as a way of listening to the books i enjoy when driving.
the company that did the production on this book should have done a better job of editing. I noticed at least three instances when audio just skipped part of the book, if i had not read it i would probably not have noticed it.
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