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The Seeress of Kell: The Malloreon, Book 5 | [David Eddings]

The Seeress of Kell: The Malloreon, Book 5

Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal domination over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that mysterious place, and she could only do that once Garion and Polgara had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers.
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Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal domination over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that mysterious place, and she could only do that once Garion and Polgara had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers.

Kell itself was closed to Zandramas, but her dark magic could force the knowledge she needed from one of Garion's party. She laid her traps and dispatched her foul minions, determined to claim the world for the Dark God. But Garion would let nothing stand between him and his son.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Malloreon series, which is a sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.

© and (P)2005 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.

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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 the book yourself!"
    Would you listen to The Seeress of Kell again? Why?

    Yes. I love the book, and despite issues with Beierle mispronouncing some names and assigning odd accents to characters (seriously, why does Mandorallen have a Pythonesque-french accent?), his narration is a lot of fun to listen to while I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    David B. Wood Atlanta, GA USA 07-30-12
    David B. Wood Atlanta, GA USA 07-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Happy Ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book, and the rest of the series, to anyone who likes "classic" questing fantasy. The plot is entertaining, if somewhat linear, but the characters are endearing and the dialogue snappy. Great series!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zakath- he's the only character who really changes.


    Have you listened to any of Cameron Beierle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to his work in the Belgariad and Mallorean, and his work is consistently solid.


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

    Yes. I couldn't wait to see how it all ended, though it's much too long for a single sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A cynic might say everything wraps up too neatly, but after ten books with these characters I didn't want a George RR Martin-type ending. Everything ends just right.

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    Hampton S. Hancock IV Concord, CA 01-27-12
    Hampton S. Hancock IV Concord, CA 01-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great End to a Great Series"
    Would you listen to The Seeress of Kell again? Why?

    Yes. In fact I have listened and read to this book at least five times. Great character author, and Cameron Beierle was absolutely great in his narration.


    What other book might you compare The Seeress of Kell to and why?

    All of Edding's series starting with book 1 of the Belgariad to this conclusion to the Mallorean series. Each book is a puzzle, and just like with the satisfaction of putting together a big puzzle, this book was great.


    Which character ??? as performed by Cameron Beierle ??? was your favorite?

    Belgarath - With Cameron's natural strong voice, it made the performance of Belgarath outstanding. Inflections were great, reactions, and voice acting was superb.


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

    In that this was the conclusion to a 5 book series, and even deeper, a 10 book series that included the Belgariad, there were a lot of emotions involved. The Eddings (David and Leigh) make the characters sound alive and real. What is great is that this book was written by husband/wife, so you can really tell the individual personalities from the male/female characters. It is impossible over 10 books with all the characters being so closely knit, and so believable, to not have an emotional reaction. To me, it was satisfaction. Complete.


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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-16-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-16-11 Listener Since 2006

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

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    "A bang-up conclusion to a great series."

    I was sorry to see this series come to a close, but once again Cameron Beirle does it justice.
    Having witnessed the gruesome fall of Irvon, the last disciple of Torak, Belgarion and his company continues the journey toward the city of Kell. Now, however, they're joined by Zakath, the emperor of Mallorea, who must present himself to Cyradis at Kell, and also by the young wolf and her pup, whom Garion saved from the brink of starvation. Upon arrival at Kell, they finally learn the location of the meeting, but they must still seek out a map that will guide them to that seemingly impossible place. Unfortunately for the company, Zandramas isn't willing to stick to the rules of the game and will stop at nothing to insure that all the tasks remain incomplete, thinking in so doing to win by default. But Garion and company are unknowingly aided by their friends back home, who launch a campaign to divert the minions of Zandramas from the trail so that Garion might win through. But eve if they win through to the final meeting, the choice is still to be made. Will it fall to the light or the dark? Not even the gods know that.

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    Amazon Customer HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"

    This is the conclusion to the series and a great ending - I will miss the characters.

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    michael mcintyre 03-13-08
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    "incomplete recording"

    While otherwise an excellent recording, it nonetheless remains incomplete. Imagine the frustration of reaching the verge of the much anticipated "startling conclusion", only to hear the standard "you have reached the end of this recording, but not the end of the complete audio book. Please check your library for the next installment..."

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  • Susan
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    "Excellent story ruined"

    Superb finale to the series which, to me, was totally ruined by a boring monotonous reading. I read somewhere that Mr Eddings had based his lands on standard types eg Sendar as English Arends as French etc. The reader seems to have done the reading in variations of whining American. Sorry but it totally grated on me and ruined a favourite book.

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  • Kimberly
    Stirling, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "Nothing More Painful Than The End of A Good Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seeress of Kell the most enjoyable?

    As always Cameron Beierle performed the amazing words of David Eddings to perfection. However this book is my favourite and most poignant of his works as it hails the ending of two of my favourite fantasy series ever. The Belgariad and The Malloreon are extremely under-rated since they are so powerful!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow change in the characters as they crept closer to the final meeting between the child of light and the child of dark.


    Have you listened to any of Cameron Beierle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Perfect performance as always. When I read any of David Eddings work, I hear it read in his voice inside my head.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "This Should Be a TV Series Not a Film"


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  • cheryl
    Boston, United Kingdom
    9/21/11
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    "Fantastic ending to a great saga."

    Having listened to the other 4 books in the series I did wonder how this one would end, and Eddings didn't dissapoint. I loved the narrators distinct voices for each of the characters, in particular Zakath. When I read the novels originally, Zakath came over two dimensional, but Cameron Beierle brings a depth and warmth to him that I had not seen before. If you have listened to the others, then please get this one as well, you wont be dissapointed.

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  • Ayesha
    London, United Kingdom
    1/27/09
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    "The Seeress Of Kell by David Eddings"

    This is the final installment in David Eddings' the "Malorean" comparable, with the "Belgariad" to Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings" in its breathtaking epic reaches, humour and pathos. Here, the band of travellers must reach their final goal, and the two prophecies, must at last decide who will reign supreme over the world. But Garion must choose one of his friends to become a god, and one must die ... but who? Read on and find out, unstopable and magical.

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