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)
I love most of Eddings books. But the attempt at so many different accents for all the characters was...a distraction for me.
Fine voice, but the books stand on their own. They should have just been read and not performed.
I love the Belgariad. It's my favourite series. I've read them over and over again. Finally when I saw that they were available in audiobook, I was very excited.
The narrator is awful! I know that that is not the nicest thing to say, but there are a number of points that lead me to this conclusion. First, his accents for characters change more that performers at awards shows; there is no consistency. Second, and most frustrating, is that he cannot pronounce names the same way consistently. This extends to numerous times within paragraphs. While I realize that the trouble with books of this nature are that they may not pronounce names as we may have, he can't even remember how he's doing it. At last count, there are four different pronunciations of Ce'Nedra.
The narrator knows what he's doing. Some people think his "narrator's" voice is monotone, but if you listen to his other voices they are very expressive. The narrator sounds exactly like he wants it to. Almost like a biblical reading.
Still the worst narrator I've ever heard in my life. For some reason Tolnedrans are French?
Get a new narrator
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.
As with Book 1 of this series Cameron Beierle simply ruined the experience. His narration was atrocious. Mispronunciations, inconsistency with regard to character voices, and over the top emphasis on certain words made me cringe. Do not waste your money/credits on this series like I did. You'll never get them back. I could only hope the publisher would re-narrate the books and actually pay attention to the performance before putting them up for sale.
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!
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!
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