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Polgara the Sorceress | [David Eddings, Leigh Eddings]

Polgara the Sorceress

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.
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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.

Fantasy fan? Listen to titles in the Malloreon series, which is a sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.

©1996 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Steven Basalt, CO, USA 05-10-10
    Steven Basalt, CO, USA 05-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Story, Poor Narrator"

    After reading (listening) to The Belgariad and The Malloreon I thought I would download and listen to the prequels (addendums), Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. The two, five books series are all read by the same narrator so, the pronunciations and character voices are consistent and well done. Belgarath the Sorcerer is read by a different narrator, the pronunciations are all consistent, but obviously the character voices have to be different, and they were. This wasn't distracting and you became accustom to the new narrator quickly.

    Polgara the Sorceress, however, has a poor narrator. She clearly has not listened to any of the previous books, or if she has, she ignored them completely! The pronunciations of: character names, place, and titles ignores all previous narrations. Her syntax is awful, it sounds like a female William Shatner is reading complete with weird and arbitrary pauses, and bizarre dramatic inflections. Her typical reading voice is pleasant, but some of the character voices are so irritating that it's distracting to the story. In addition to this, the audio editing of the reading isn't helping her; many of the stops and starts are very abrupt and are distracting.

    This aside, the content of the story is good. It gives you another point of reference for Belgarath's history and reveals interesting things about Polgara and her motivations. I enjoyed the story and suffered the narrator.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Steve L. Hughes Williamsburg, VA 05-12-10
    Steve L. Hughes Williamsburg, VA 05-12-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Horrible Narrator"

    I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

    Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.

    Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    EDDIE LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-04-12
    EDDIE LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slightly dissapointed"
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dina Pearlman?

    possibly


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    familiar characters


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

    I had recently listened to "Belgarath the Sorcerer" really enjoyed it. My problem is, Dina Pearlmen's pronunciation on place and character names was so far off from the other book that it took me a while to realize whom or where she was speaking of. If you are going to be an audio book narator. You should have at least a passing aquaintance with the story and charactors.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary woodbridge, VA, United States 01-05-11
    Mary woodbridge, VA, United States 01-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, HORRIBLE narrator"

    I loved the whole series when read by Cameron Bierle. He was the best narrator I had ever heard, so why on EARTH they switched to this woman is beyond me. I honestly haven't been able to do more then skip around in the book, because if I had to listen to her constantly I would go mad. Her voice for C'Nedra is so atrocious. She made a young dryad queen sound like a 90 year old hag. WHY??? I just don't understand. If it ain't broke, don't FIX it!! The book is good but I am going to read it on my kindle, because I just can't stand this narrator.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 04-27-10
    Paul Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 04-27-10
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    "The final tale"

    The final story in Edding's universe of the Belgariad. This tale is from Polgara's point of view and while there is some repetition, which is natural since "her" version is to correct her father's, it also contains multiple plot lines and stories that have not been mentioned before.

    Narration is decent, unlike the Belgarath novel, making the flow of the story more enjoyable.

    Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to the story of "Polly"'s life story!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    catherine Henrico, VA, United States 09-16-10
    catherine Henrico, VA, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Narrator was a distration"

    The narrator pronounce many of the words differently than the reader of the other books. I found the book to be a real disappointment.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Yorktown, VA, United States 08-09-10
    Barry Yorktown, VA, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Painful Narration"

    Agreeing with what seems to be a consenses that Dina Perlman's pronunciation of most ALL of the cities and characters were WAY off. Drove me nuts! Book is great. I mean did she and or Audible not collaborate w/Cameron Beierle or J.P. Linton at all?! Come on Audible! Your the publisher "Audible Frontiers" of both Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, would've been nice of you to go to the "Books in Motion" publishers of the Belgariad and see if Cameron was free from any contract so YOU could use him too.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra UmhlaliSouth Africa 05-21-10
    Sandra UmhlaliSouth Africa 05-21-10
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    "Polgara The Sorceress"

    The narration was well done, the book had the potential to be quite a boring audiobook because so much of is said by Polgara so I was peasantly suprised. The accents are good, took a bit of getting used to because I first listened to the Belgariad and Mallorean narrated by Cameron Bierle so I was used to those accents. My only complaint with this audio book is the pronunciation of some of the cities and countries. I think it would have main sense to keep the pronunciation the same as in the Belgariad and the Mallorean.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    isaac Billerica, MA, United States 02-11-14
    isaac Billerica, MA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Needs to be reread, excellent story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The change in enunciation is painful. The parallel story to the Belgariad and the Mallorean was a refreshing way to see a good story in another way.


    What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to and why?

    The other place i've seen parallel story execution is ender's game & ender's shadow and this is a little more extreme because Polgara's expeiences aren't as closely tied as those in Ender's universe. Edding's books aren't as intense as Cards. Edding's books are like lord of the rings, light while well crafted..


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

    Cameron Beierle, who read the previous 10 books.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

    The enunciation after over 100 hours of the other books is just too extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    Have it reread and do some DoD wiping of this reader's version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States 02-19-13 Listener Since 2010
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    Where does Polgara the Sorceress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle.


    What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to and why?

    The other books in this series - the Belgarian, the Mallorean, Belgarath the Sorcerer. I love this series by the Eddings and Polgara's story fills in a lot of gaps.


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

    The performer's voice was pleasant, but her pronunciation of some of the names was jarring. I think she should have listened to some of the other books to be more consistent in the way these names are normally pronounced. A major difference was the word "Mallorea". She pronounced it "mal-o-RE-a", when others read it as "ma-LOR-e-a". Everytime the word came up, I was jarred out of the story.


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

    Too long for one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim
    High Barnet, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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    "Much more like it"

    I recently reviewed and rated the brother book to this one as extremely poor due to the narrator, indeed I gave up on after only a short period.

    However this production was excellent. I think with the possible exception of Ce'Nedra, Dina Pearlman managed to pull off the characterisations brilliantly. Carmeron Beierle still sits atop the pile for me though.

    I can strongly recomend this production to all Eddings fans. The story is a crisp as ever and Dina P. does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • miss k a morris
    10/25/10
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    "Fantastic book!"

    I bought this audiobook with some trepidation - Polgara the Sorceress was (and still is) one of my favourite books growing up, I was therefore slightly concerned that it would have been mangled like many of the other sci fi/fantasy type books on here.

    fear not! it's brilliantly read, once you get used to the American pronounciations (and over the 'I don't pronounce Ctuchik like that!' issues) and had me totally addicted very quickly, much like the book.

    Now if only the guy reading Belgarath the Sorcerer was as good...!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • tams
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Thrilling and exciting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It keeps you on the edge of your seat. My freinds all know my love for this story and if I say its worth a read they normally will give it a go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story was told, Dina was perfect in her guise as each character.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

    Why that would have to be Polgara herself, Don't ya know!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Polgara lost Beldarren, it was heartbreaking, Then many years later when she fell in love with Ontrose, only to loose him at the fall of Vo Wacune, so very sad.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Looe, United Kingdom
    3/5/11
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    "Good value for money listen"

    Just that - Have loved the story for years so knew I would enjoy the unabridged retelling. Lots of interesting listening, only a few quibbles with pronunciation and a lovely timbre to the narrators rather too american (for me) accent. Happy, happy, happy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "story telling"
    If you could sum up Polgara the Sorceress in three words, what would they be?

    Pratical, wise and clever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Polgara the Sorceress?

    building the house and surrounding it with roses as a hide away


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

    Her father


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh


    Any additional comments?

    The story told of someone telling a story is very good and the bits of humor are great. You even try imaging you are at the places discribed well. good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Great story, inconsistent narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended. A great story especially if you have read the Belgariad and the other stories in this series.


    What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to, and why?

    Similar to Belgarath the Sorceror in that it wraps up neatly the history behind the cracking of the world and the events that transpired before Garion was born.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was poor and inconsistent in places. Often the same names would be pronounced in different ways which made it hard to listen to at times.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are several sad sections where Polgara loses close family which will make you feel very upset.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the poor reading of the book it is well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonny
    Coleraine, United Kingdom
    6/14/11
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    "Very poor version"

    The narrator Dina Pearlman has carried out little or no research prior to narrating this book.
    The voices don't suit the characters and the pronunciations are not how they are supposed to be as detailed by the Authors.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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