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  • Magician's Gambit

  • The Belgariad, Book 3
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath. Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to comfort him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-02-09

The next best thing to reading the books yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Magician's Gambit the most enjoyable?

Beierle gets a bit carried away with off-the-mark accents (still fun to listen to, though), and mis-pronounced names, but he probably has the widest range of voices of any narrator I've listened to so far. And he does a good job of voice acting, not just reading.

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Castle of Wizardry

  • The Belgariad, Book 4
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excelent

  • By Albert on 12-31-07

The next best thing to reading the book yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Where does Castle of Wizardry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top. Between the story and Beierle's narration, the whole Belgariad and Malloreon are right up there with only one or two others.

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.

  • Enchanters' End Game

  • The Belgariad, Book 5
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West. And yet the prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil god Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the god, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of that dread duel rested the destiny of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Fantasy Series

  • By Darryl on 12-24-11

The next best thing to reading it yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

If you could sum up Enchanters' End Game in three words, what would they be?

All you could want and more to wrap up the Belgariad.

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

He has a wide range of voices and accents. Some of his accents missed the mark, or weren't right for the characters, I think, but overall he was fun to listen to.

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.

  • Queen of Sorcery

  • The Belgariad, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Story Not the Reader

  • By grik on 09-02-07

The next best thing to reading it yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

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.

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My literary "comfort food"

  • By Michael on 07-27-09

The next best thing to reading it yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Pawn of Prophecy to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not. If you haven't read the books, you definitely should. No matter how good the narrators are, some of the nuances, especially with character interaction will be missed.

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

Some odd accents that, while I think some are off the mark, are fun to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

FINALLY the movie we've been waiting for!

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.

  • Polgara the Sorceress

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narrator

  • By Steve H. on 05-12-10

Good, entertaining fun.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Would you listen to Polgara the Sorceress again? Why?

Probably. Dina Pearlman has a very nice voice, but her narration for male characters seems a little odd to me.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

She has a VERY nice voice. Not quite exactly what I wanted for Polgara, but pretty close. She seemed to to get into character nicely.

Any additional comments?

It's a little hard shifting gears from the previous books all read by Cameron Beierle to this narrator. Beierle had his faults, but his narrations are the best so far. But all in all, the reading and character voices were well done. She kept it fun, the way it should be.

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.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 181,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168,890

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

An absolute blast!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

Heck yeah! 'm old enough to have seen the birth of the current "nerd culture" and it was a lot of fun to listen to a sci-fi/fantasy/cyber nerd/pop culture book so entertainingly written and narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

The originality of the approach to the subject matter.

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

He's the PERFECT narrator. Some of the extra over-the-top reading he did was fun. I have NOT read this myself, but expect if I do, I'll hear Wil wheaton's voice as I read.

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

I smiled and laughed a lot.

Any additional comments?

I strongly recommend this book to anyone in their thirties or forties that has had any experience with popular arcade/gaming since the 80's. If not, you may miss some of the funnies, but you'll still enjoy the story.

  • King of the Murgos

  • The Malloreon, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212

The infant son of Garion and Ce'Nedra had been foully kidnapped. And thus, they begin the great quest to rescue the child, with the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer, his daughter Polgara the Sorceress, and,inevitably, the little Drasnian, Silk. Guided by the Orb of the god Aldur, their way leads through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos, where they must face a horrible danger to not only themselves, but to all of mankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please, don't say "horror" anymore...

  • By Mark H. Rosengarten on 06-23-08

The next best thing to reading it yourself.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Would you listen to King of the Murgos again? Why?

Yes. It's a lot of fun. Beierle puts a lot of life into his voices and seems to catch most of the charm and humor that comes across in the book.

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Demon Lord of Karanda

  • The Malloreon, Book 3
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

Zandranias stole King Garion's infant son, planning to use the child in a ritual that would make the Dark Destiny supreme. Garion and his friends followed, but now they were captives of Zakath, Emperor of Mallorea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, fair narration

  • By Mark H. Rosengarten on 06-23-08

The next best thing to reading the book yourself!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Demon Lord of Karanda the most enjoyable?

Beierle is fun to listen to and does a good job bringing the text to life, mostly in keeping with what Eddings seemed to have had in mind.

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

Though I thought he missed the mark on some of the accents, he did well with them, regardless. He did more than just a dry reading of the book. His voice acting was quite good.

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

Yes.

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.

  • The Seeress of Kell

  • The Malloreon, Book 5
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,227

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series excitement,

  • By Beverly Clairmont on 10-03-15

The next best thing to reading the book yourself!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-13

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

1 of 2 people found this review helpful