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Queen of Sorcery: The Belgariad, Book 2 | [David Eddings]

Queen of Sorcery: The Belgariad, Book 2

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle.
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Publisher's Summary

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur, until he was defeated in a final battle. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster.

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.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Belgariad series, and its sequel, David Eddings' Malloreon series.

© and (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Gamaliel Plano, TX, United States 11-20-13
    Gamaliel Plano, TX, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, bad narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    grik 09-02-07
    grik 09-02-07
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    "Love the Story Not the Reader"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    jason 05-10-15
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    "awesome"

    it is an amazing story amazing performance just great I can't say enough about this great series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry J Snoddy 03-08-15
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    "Great way to spend a day doing chores. "

    Storyteller is great.. Read the books as a kid and needed company while doing chores around the house.. great way to spend several days being read to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 02-14-15
    Alan 02-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "outstanding"

    one of my favorites to travel the roads with day or night never gets old

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Brian Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Si-fiction writing"
    Where does Queen of Sorcery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Sorcery?

    Gorion finding his true self.


    Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

    Garion


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

    David and Leigh Eddings make the charaters come alive in all the books they have written.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Ronald 08-08-09
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    "The characters come to life"

    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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph DeCarlo Columbus, Georgia United States 02-19-08
    Joseph DeCarlo Columbus, Georgia United States 02-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Audiobook"

    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!

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    Patrick 06-20-15
    Patrick 06-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book and narration"

    Great book ...it's neat to hear it after so many years ...I haven't read the Belgeraid Series since probably the 80s

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    John C 05-18-15
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    "An excellent listen"

    Well worn paper copies of this book can now take a well deserved rest as you allow this fantasy classic to fire your imagination through the magic of audio.

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  • Sara
    Looe, United Kingdom
    2/7/11
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    "The strange voice takes getting used to"

    The book is a 5 star the audio book only a 3 star and that is only because its a good story. I downloaded the first part to see if I could bare the strangness of the very intrestingly voiced narrator. Its not too bad after a while - its like your ears become 'normed' to strange americanised vowel elongations. I think having read this though I will be moving straight to polgara which all the reviews say is much much better and also has an advantage of being a synopsis of the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Brunton
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    "Awful narration continues..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Queen of Sorcery to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version is not better than the print version but any stretch of the imagination.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think when the narrator starts calling a main character a temporary building structure we have to wonder. Polgara becomes Pergola. PERGOLA?!! Dear me. And is Mandorallan Scottish or French? Is Barack Russian or Austrian? Is Durnik French?


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

    Yes - often annoyance at the Narrator!


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  • Mrs. J. waite
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    "Queen of sorcery"

    brilliant story had me engrossed for a couple of days. Still think a few people should do readings like a radio play

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  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    6/11/15
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    "Monty Python's Belgariad"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator


    What didn’t you like about Cameron Beierle’s performance?

    Honestly, I thought he couldn't get any worse than in Book 1, but he manages it. I wish he'd go and listen to audiobooks narrated by people like Stephen Fry and Stephen Briggs, who show how it can be done (Stephen Fry especially brilliantly voicing a huge cast of characters in Harry Potter). They choose voices appropriate for the characters and use them consistently, keeping the narration lively. Or there are other narrators out there who can't do quite as much, but just use enough of a different 'voice' (higher pitch, lower pitch, hard, soft etc) to distinguish the various characters and leave it at that. While that might not add much, it at least does not get in the way.

    I don't know why Mr Beierle felt that it was necessary to use a variety of European accents, particularly given that he can't do any of them. Durnik veers from a sort of cockney to West Country to Australian(!) to Eastern European. Mandorallen's accent is straight out of Monty Python, with Lelldorin also coming close to those comic heights, and others are very little better. Belgarath is the only one that is relatively successful.

    The worst thing though (aside from his lack of education again showing in mispronunciation of certain words - 'quay' in book one was hilarious) is the lack of consistency. The narrator simply can't decide what pronunciations to use for places and people, so changes all the time, often within the course of a sentence. If a name is written as Ch, half the time he'll pronounce it with a hard 'K'. If it's written with a hard c or k, he'll pronounce it with the guttural "ch" sound. Or mix and match arbitrarily.

    Where did they get this guy? I've managed to listen to half way through the 4th volume now, as I wanted to listen to the whole series (which is really one 'book') but have given up. I can't stand it any longer - don't even know how I managed to get this far. By this point, everyone seems to have come from Eastern Europe or a Monty Python skit.


    Could you see Queen of Sorcery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, it would make an excellent film (were it not for the fact that Lord of the Rings, superior in every way, has already been done).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    5/12/15
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    "book 2"

    The only irritating thing in this audio book is some of the pronunciation. Quay is pronounced key not c - way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul daniel
    3/14/15
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    "Enthral long."

    Can't wait to continue. The epic story; excellently told in this audiobook!

    If you never.read another book, A&E sure you read this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    READING, United Kingdom
    3/11/15
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    "it's a series that gets better as it goes."

    the reader takes a bit of getting used to. as the voices he uses are a bit tricky but not bad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. Bury
    Kenilworth, UK
    2/15/15
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    "The narrator is sooo funny. "

    And he's not supposed to be but there you go great story from you childhood and he does get better in book 3 and 4 so it's still worth the points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiaracuddle
    1/7/15
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    "Mandatory headline"

    One of the better read/edited books of this series, but still Mr Beierle needs to learn the purpose of punctuation and its importance when reading aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ayesha
    London, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "Queen Of Sorcery by David Eddings"

    After the breathtaking events of \"Pawn Of Prophecy\", the reader is dying to know what happens next. Here, Eddings continues to show us his genius, plunging Garion in to a world in to which he is not prepared to go. Full of wit and wisdom, this continuation of the epic adventure sees Garion being kidnapped, comming to terms with the fact that sorcery is in his family, and meeting more people on the quest, about which, he still knows little, but upon which he has embarked ... a must read for all Eddings fans.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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