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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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    Judith Grimes Zuni VA 11-30-12
    Judith Grimes Zuni VA 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Saga"
    What did you love best about Queen of Sorcery?

    The epic style of the Belgeriad story lends itself to be read aloud. Stories are meant to be told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a great saga in the old style, like Lord of the Rings.


    What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Carol Skowronek usa 11-05-12
    Carol Skowronek usa 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this series, it is not obnoxious and a fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Queen of Sorcery the most enjoyable?

    I can work and listen


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

    when Polgara and Barak break into the queens castle


    What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    more emotion and pronounce the names correctly


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    these are fun books and I have read them many times when especially down and out. It improves my moods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Haughton, LA, United States 08-31-12
    Cecilia Haughton, LA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Happy go lucky book worm :o)

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    "Wonderful story line, not so great narration."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Cameron Beierle’s performances?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not listen to the narrator for that long.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic story line, the characters are well formed and believable.... the narrator however, over did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas United States 01-23-12
    Thomas United States 01-23-12

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    "Cameron is a narrater !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes there great. a little expencive but if you dont like to read there the way to go.


    What other book might you compare Queen of Sorcery to and why?

    Any of David Eddings is a great storie teller


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

    I read them years back


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    Neil Eugene, OR, United States 11-13-10
    Neil Eugene, OR, United States 11-13-10
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    "Better each time."

    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.

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    Adam United States 08-20-10
    Adam United States 08-20-10
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    "First audible book, now I'm hooked."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 05-27-09
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 05-27-09 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Excellent story with a fair narrator."

    I agree with some who say that Cameron Beirle perhaps wasn't the best choice for a narrator. At first I wasn't sure I'd be able to listen all the way through Pawn of Prophecy, but I managed it and I don't regret the purchase. Beirle's narration is very clear and crisp, although he does sometimes have difficulty with pronunciation. Part of it I think is his own accent, which suggests that English wasn't his first language. I'll give him this much though. More often than not I can understand him and he doesn't read in a monotone as some narrators I've heard do. He is, however, more than a little inconsistent with his pronunciations of character and place names. This is a bit easier to understand however since these are difficult names to read let alone say out loud. He makes a decent effort however. Sometimes he does slip up, pronouncing Cherek as Cherek once and Kerek the next time. Other names that give him trouble are Barak, which he sometimes pronounces Brak and others Brok. But I think he's beginning to find his footing, so to speak, with the second book in the series. I like him enough to have purchased all five Belgariad novels and the first three of the Malloreon. The final two I'll purchase next month whenI have two more credits.
    One thing that I always liked about much of Eddings' writing is the humor found throughout each book. I was apprehensive about whether Cameron Beirle would be able to project that but he pulls it off quite nicely. Though his accent wavers between French and a few others, Silk sounds about like what I would imagine, sort of shifty and definitely unreliable. I picture his portrayal of Belgarath as less like Ian McKellan from Lord of the Rings as another reviewer commented, but more like Jeremy Irons. All in all I am very impressed so far.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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