With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He had never believed in sorcery, wanting no part of it. Yet with every league they travel, the power is growing within him, forcing him into acts of wizardry that he can't accept. His fate is inextricably woven into the fabric of an unfolding prophecy for glory or doom.
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"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)
This is a wonderful fantasy series and I hope they get the first book Pawn of Prophecy eventually. However unlike the other reviewer, I thought the reader was rather mediocre. The accents were inconsistant and frankly I didnt find them well done. They are mixture of Arnold Schwartzenhager..( and Boris Badenov with fake Scotts and French thrown in. They annoyed me throughout the entire story and usually I am not all that concerned about narration. On the good side Cameron Beierle's narration is clear. He would have done better however to just give the book a straight read.
This second installment in the Belgariad is just as enjoyable as the first. Cameron's reading is excellent and he manages to bring the characters to life. A lovely fantasy adventure, that incorporates the best of family values. The story of a boy on his way to manhood, and the people who guide him along the way. A good listen for juveniles as well
Although I agree that the narrator defaulted to a French accent for the characters of lesser importance, I thought he did a tremendous job. I especially loved his portrayal of Silk.
I loved it!
Aside form Silk, the characters' accents are very inconsistent, and they seem to vary from a heavy French accent to a light French accent. Occasionally, someone will have an Italian one for a few paragraphs, but then it'll be back to French. It would've been better with a straight read.
Story is quite good, the universe is thought out fairly well, with obvious blendings of Earth's old cultures to create unique new ones. The characters a very well written with an attention to detail that's unusually good.
The best part however is the narrator who manages to give each of the 5-8 characters in any one scene a distinct voice. He's really very good!
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.
The Belgariad was a favorite of mine when I was a teenager. I'm so pleased to share this with my daughter now. We had a long car ride coming up, so we downloaded this book. The story and characters are as fun today as they were 30 years ago. And Cameron Beierle is a master at getting the characters just right. It's hard to believe that one man can make so many voices!
This book is the 2nd of 5 books for this collection. There are a total of 10 for the storyline. It took my on a great adventure that I have not had any other author due.
Gorion finding his true self.
David and Leigh Eddings make the charaters come alive in all the books they have written.
The epic style of the Belgeriad story lends itself to be read aloud. Stories are meant to be told.
It is a great saga in the old style, like Lord of the Rings.
He has a great vocal range and apparently researches the characters to determine their vocal style. He moves seamlessly between styles when reading dialog. His insight into the characters brings them to life, like a great actor would in a film.
I can work and listen
when Polgara and Barak break into the queens castle
more emotion and pronounce the names correctly
these are fun books and I have read them many times when especially down and out. It improves my moods.
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