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Queen of Sorcery Audiobook

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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    Don South Carolina 11-18-15
    Don South Carolina 11-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A straight read would have been better."
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and/or Cameron Beierle?

    I love most of Eddings books. But the attempt at so many different accents for all the characters was...a distraction for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cameron Beierle?

    Fine voice, but the books stand on their own. They should have just been read and not performed.


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    Scott 08-29-15
    Scott 08-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very disappointing performace; great story."
    What made the experience of listening to Queen of Sorcery the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


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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
    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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    Prairie 10-21-14
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    "It's an epic, but a well written one"
    What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 08-25-14
    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 08-25-14
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    "A tad better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Still the worst narrator I've ever heard in my life. For some reason Tolnedrans are French?


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

    Nothing


    Was Queen of Sorcery worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator

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    Joey SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Joey SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-15-13
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    "Good Story, Awesome 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!

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    smokeyjunk@comcast.net Seattle, WA 02-09-13
    smokeyjunk@comcast.net Seattle, WA 02-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The next best thing to reading it yourself."
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    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.

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    Jeff JOPLIN, MO, United States 01-15-13
    Jeff JOPLIN, MO, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing to say the least"

    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.

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    Kim Chatel Pennsylvania 01-07-13
    Kim Chatel Pennsylvania 01-07-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A great take on an old favorite"

    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!

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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!

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