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.
© and (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated.
"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)
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.
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!
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.
Happy go lucky book worm :o)
I'll be perfectly honest, I would only buy the next book in line because I LOVE the story line so much. I grew up reading these books and have a great fondness for the characters. Cameron Beierle's narration leaves a lot to be desired. The accents he gives the characters are very thick and change frequently. I think he tried to make things too complicated and lost track of who was who. Belgarath sounds like some buffoon. I do have a hard time listening to the narration at first and have to concentrate on the story line in order to get past the "voice."
I do wonder if Cameron was given any direction from the author. I know when we read, unfamiliar names are said how we'd imagine them to be. Almost all the names and places are pronounced differently than I have said them. Who knows which is correct, but that is another issue that grates on my nerves.
I could not listen to the narrator for that long.
Fantastic story line, the characters are well formed and believable.... the narrator however, over did it.
Yes there great. a little expencive but if you dont like to read there the way to go.
Any of David Eddings is a great storie teller
I read them years back
I read these books in High School and really enjoyed them even did a book report on a few of them. Now its been many years since and when i saw them on here i had to get them. I really enjoy David Eddings writeing. How he puts in so many different Characters from so many different places. It really makes the imagination go for a ride.
The Narratetor so for on all three books has done an awsome job on doing vocies and keeping them the same on all three books. He hasn't changed them which i find awsome and GREAT.
This is a great series of books to listen to i highly recommend that you try it.
This was my first foray into the world of Audible books. I found the narrator to be decent (although he gets a little carried away with his accents at times, which makes it a little hard to understand). The books are ones I enjoy, and this was a very easy listen.
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