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  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 32 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 437

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome fans 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cameron Beierle the Best Narrator

  • By Jackie on 02-22-17

Finally, the proper narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

The Belgariad and the Malloreon are two of my favorite series ever, having read both as a teen/young adult, and multiple times since. So naturally, I have read this book a few times and loved it as well. I own both previously mentioned series in audio, and I have to say that Mr. Beierle is an exceptional narrator, and does a fantastic job on those books.
Which is why I refused to buy this audiobook with the previous narrator. It just didn't sound the same. I did not like it- it just wasn't Belgarath. Needless to say I was overjoyed to find out that Audible had it redone with Mr. Beierle, and bought it immediately. I am currently listening to it, and I love it. Highly recommended.

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book One
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad it's finally available in audio

  • By Brad on 07-05-16

Glad it's finally available in audio

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I have to admit that I'm only a few hours into this audiobook at this point, but I've already read it in print, so I know what happens. That being said, I'm very glad that this great series is finally being made available in audio. So far, I'm very impressed with the narration. Mr. Wincott does an excellent job differentiating between characters, so it's easy to tell who's speaking, and he reads at a comfortable pace while infusing the narration with the proper emotions. The books themselves are fantastic, and Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is one of my all time favorite series. This series was written back in the 80's, so the plot may seem familiar to many readers, but It's very well written with characters you can care about.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. Back to listening!

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Stormdancer

  • The Lotus War, Book One
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good first book, good listen

  • By Brad on 05-16-13

Good first book, good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

I read this book in print before buying the audio version, and enjoyed it immensely. Granted, it's not perfect, as it is the author's first book, but it was entertaining. Yes, the story does start to drag a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but not so much that I lost interest. Yes, the author does borrow elements from Chinese culture, not just Japanese. Yes, the author does perhaps use elements of the language incorrectly. But remember that this is a fantasy story, and as such does not need to be grounded in reality.
Jennifer Ikeda does an excellent job of the narration. At first, I was a bit concerned about her not being able to differentiate between characters well, but manages that well as I was never confused about who was speaking. She conveys their emotions just as well, and I think she is the perfect voice for Yukiko.
Overall, it's not perfect. But it was definitely worth the listen. It kept me absorbed and entertained, and I look forward to Book Two.
I think you should buy it and give it a chance.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Homeland

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,507

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among the drow, all trust is foolish.

  • By Pi on 04-26-13

Good job, Audible!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

I was somewhat worried before buying this book, due in large part to the butchering Audible gave to the Dragonlance Chronicles, which, like this series, I'd read when I was younger. Also, I'd tried reading/listening to Salvatore's Neverwinter Saga, and found it overly dramatic and simple (considering it's a lead-in to a computer game, and I'd heard Salvatore wasn't too happy about writing it the way his publishers wanted, it may not be his best effort).
But, having loved this series and the Icewind Dale trilogy years ago, I decided to give it a shot in audio, wanting to re-experience these stories.
And I'm glad I did.
Victor Bevine's narration is very good- he conveys both the emotions of the characters and the urgency of a battle scene very well, and overall delivers a great listening experience. And, in my opinion, Salvatore's early work is superior to his later novels.
If you're expecting a lot of politicking and other "tedium" that can slow down other books, you may be disappointed. These books are fast-paced and action-packed. Salvatore's writing style is different from the likes of Jordan, Sanderson, and Erikson (all of whom I enjoy), but that is not a negative. They're just plain fun.
I can't wait for the next books to be released. And that doesn't happen too often.

37 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Crossover

  • Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The SERIES as a whole is EXCELLENT!

  • By Trip Williams on 05-22-16

Great sci-fi trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

I'd read this trilogy when it was originally published a few years ago. I generally don't read science fiction, being more of a fantasy geek, but the plot seemed interesting, so I bought it and loved it. Joel Shepherd is a great author: the plot, pacing, and characterizations are all quite good. So, my only question before buying this in audio, though I was very excited to see it available, was the narration.
My previous experience with Ms. Pearlman's narration was with "Polgara the Sorceress", which was a good book. I did not, however, care for the narration at all. She has a pleasant enough voice, she just mauled some of the pronunciations of some key places and/or people from the Belgariad series, one of my all time favorites. I couldn't finish it.
So I was nervous about buying this, but having enjoyed the print version so much, and wanting to experience it in audio, I bought it anyway.
She is better in this book, though at first I didn't think I'd be able to finish (which I haven't, but I'm halfway there). Chapter One was rough, she came across as emotionless and bland, and her descriptions were quite boring, not to mention rushed. She got better during Chapter Two, and really hit her stride in Chapter Three and beyond. She differentiates the characters quite well so you always know who's talking, and seems to be good at affecting different accents. She conveys the emotions of the characters very well, and picks up the pace of the narration during the action scenes effectively conveying the urgency of these scenes. It's not perfect, but all in all, I'm impressed, and plan on finishing this trilogy.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What in The Core happened?

  • By Uber Femme on 02-13-13

Excellent so far...

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Well, I was surprised to find this on Audible early this morning, and a week before the book is officially released. I know writing a review before you finish a book annoys some people, so I can only review the 7 hours I've listened to so far, but I can say that those 7 hours have been excellent. If you listened to and/or read "The Warded Man" and "The Desert Spear" and enjoyed them, you're going to love this (and if you haven't, you should do so). The story is as absorbing as it was in the first two books, the writing is still great, and Pete Bradbury is an excellent narrator who is perfect for this series.
Do yourself a favor and buy it.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,658
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,628

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By A reader on 12-21-12

Holy Crap!!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

What did you love best about Cold Days?

Well, everything. It was great to see Harry alive again and reunited with his friends. And, of course, James Marsters back as narrator. I have to agree with many others, he IS the voice of Harry Dresden.

What did you like best about this story?

It was great. I didn't really see certain events toward the end of the book coming (Molly), and the implications could prove to be very interesting.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

He's fantastic. What more can I say.

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

Yes, but saying more could give things away. Molly Carpenter was involved, and there was another moment with Karrin that was moving as well.

Any additional comments?

I have to say that the ending left me stunned. I didn't see it coming. Can't wait for the next book. Buy it!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Warded Man

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,765

Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Meloney | The Interverted Extravert on 12-18-09

Great, absorbing listen...

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

Would you listen to The Warded Man again? Why?

I'm planning to listen to this and "The Desert Spear" again at some point before "The Daylight War" comes out, though I've already listened to them twice. It's a good story coupled with great narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warded Man?

I personally like the part(s) when Arlen figures out how to use the wards to kick some ass. And he does. But the book as a whole is very good. And his interactions with Jardir are good, as well.

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

I would have to say the sense of hopelessness that the characters from Arlen's village feel, and he characterizes the toughness of the Krasians well. Though his vocal range isn't as varied as some narrators I've listened to, you still know when different characters are speaking. Overall, a great narrator for this series.

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

If I could, I would. But it's too long.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,196

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

Finally. The Hobbit and LOTR Unabridged on Audible

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

Reviewed: 10-09-12

Well, first, I would like to both thank Audible for finally making this available, and alternately curse them for doing so at a time when they're making so many other great books available (Gardens of the Moon, for one). Needless to say, all others will have to wait until I'm done listening to these.
Second, I have to admit that I've just started listening to it, but so far, I must say that I'm entirely impressed by Mr. Inglis' reading. Nice, clear voice, good differentiation of the different characters.
Third, like many others, I read "The Hobbit" and this trilogy as a pre-teenager about 30 years ago. I loved it. I honestly don't think you can consider yourself a fantasy fan if you haven't read these books. They are, simply put, amazing. I eagerly watched all the movies and was very impressed with those as well. Except for "The Hobbit", of course. Now, I finally have a chance to listen to them in audio, and unabridged!
Again, thank you Audible... now, if you could just get "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" by Tad Williams, I'd be even happier!

36 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539

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

Loved it. Both times.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-12

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

Definitely one of my favorites. I read this series back in the '80's when I was a teen, and I love it now as much as I did then.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pawn of Prophecy?

There isn't one particular moment. I enjoyed the entire book, as well as the rest of the Belgariad.

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

I thought his performance was fantastic. He has distinct voices for each character, and each fits the character well. He occasionally mixes them up, but it doesn't happen often, and doesn't ruin anything. Great narrator.

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

I guess it would be when Garion realizes that Belgarath is his "grandfather", though many generations removed. It was a nice moment, considering that Garion is an orphan.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful