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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 2010
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    "Great story, bad narrator"
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    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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    Brian Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Brian Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-27-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "I think It's time for some plain talk"

    Sorry, so sorry. I know that I am only one of four people that gave this story just one star. The majority of you gave it five stars, but I have to be truthful. If your tastes, our similar to mine, you will find this to be a snoozer. I could not get into it. I tried for four and a half hours and could not go any farther.

    This is one of those books were the characters talk a lot. The talk about what they are going to do, what they did and what they should not have done. There is some action, but it is quick and then they talk about what they just did.

    A lot of people who love Eddings, fell in love with him back in the eighties and his writing reflects what fantasy was like back then. I am just glad things have changed and if you are of the younger generation you will probably not get into this either.

    Narrator was great. One of his characters sounded actually like Sean Connery.

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    Jeff JOPLIN, MO, United States 01-15-13
    Jeff JOPLIN, MO, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 08-25-14
    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2011
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • 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
  • 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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