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Castle of Wizardry

The Belgariad, Book 4
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Belgariad, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,938 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. After that, Garion feels assured his part will be finished. But the prophecy still holds several surprises for Garion, and for the Imperial Princess Ce'Nedra.
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©2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Albert
  • rock springs, WY, USA
  • 12-31-07

excelent

read these books as a teenager and listening to them 20 or so years later there still awesome

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One step closer...

As I said before I think Cameron Beirle consolidates his footing better and better with each novel. This is no exception. I noticed fewer and fewer inconsistencies with his narration, particularly in this installment.
Having regained the Orb of Aldur from Ctuchik, the now-vanquished disciple of Torak, Belgarion and his companions must escape from the crumbling city of Rak Cthol, pursued by the soldiers of the maniacal king of Cthol Murgos as well as by the sinister arts of the now-leaderless Grolim priests. Only then can they return the Orb to the Hall of the Rivan King, which Polgara reveals must be accomplished by Erastide. From there Belgarion must set out to meet a destiny beyond
his imagining.

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Slower than the previous three, but well under way

I love this series and I am enjoying the reread very much. This is a true epic journey. With that said, I find this book a bit slower than the previous three.It is mostly a setting up of the Rivan King and his betrothed. The journey is put on hold as they come to claim the crown. After all is said and done, Belgarion, Belgarath and Silk steal away to begin another journey.

After the trio leaves you follow them for a bit. Then you are back with the others as they begin to gather an army. You follow Ce'Nedra as she gives her speeches and gathers her huge army for Belgarion. They are on one journey as the trio is on another. It is not full of mystery and adventure as much as the other three, but the story is well under way and you need to reach here to continue.

Don't get me wrong, it is still an amazing story, just not as full on as the other three. But hold on, the adventure continues.

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One more !

...And now the finale of the BEST Fantasy series of all time. Oh kily, Mr. Week vs didn't stop writing.

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Sooo good!

Impressively good story! The performance is incredible. I have a feeling I will be listening to this over and over again.

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Great Read!

This has been one of my favorite books out of the series really enjoyed it.

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Chapter number mismatch

The chapter numbers per story and book don't match those showing on the device screen.

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Another great book!!

Very enthralling and continued a great story . Will be listening to the entire series for sure. Highly recommended.

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I love these books and all the related ones

I've been a fan of David Eddings for years. listening to these books again is like reconnecting with a long lost friend

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I love David Eddings

I love David Eddings Belgariad and Mellorean series. I was having difficulty with the reading style of the narrator. His range of voices is fantastic, but I cannot help but feel that he was trying too hard to establish accents for all the characters. This is a fantasy world and I felt funny listening to, for instance, an Austrian accent, on a character described to look more like a Viking, or the mixed Transylvanian/British accent of another character. I would have preferred less embellishment with the accents and more focus on just reading. The narrator himself could not seem to pick an accent even in the straight narration. This frustrated me and pulled me out of the story telling often.

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  • P. J. Coffey
  • 02-27-17

A tale of family

Why do I keep coming back to the Belgariad? because it has women who actually act like people. because it has emotional depth which always surprises me.

There are very few books in the genre where family is important, but this is one of them.

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 01-12-15

Come on, Cameron!

I'm beginning to wonder if the voice actor on this just wasn't given enough time with the scripts. Fiddle penyang.

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  • Catherine Caldwell
  • 05-07-19

Great set of books Eddings books come alive

Eddings takes to to an other world full of caricatures that you can picture and go on an amazing journey with Just a pitty the Narrator uses silly voices and accents he growls a lot of the voices puts no emotion into them it's just dead pan reading it drones on and on they should use someone that can put emotion and feelings into the books as they were written you have French Spanish Cornwall and north of England accents some of the caricatures sound stupid the way he has there voices

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  • A. Woods
  • 05-06-19

Great story, lousy narrator.

Honestly I don't understand why this man was allowed to continue to read these books. His narrative skills are abysmal and he should have been replaced after the first book!
However you can get past that as Eddings has painted such a lush and powerful story, it is impossible not to become lost in it.

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  • Bel Te Pre
  • 03-06-19

Great story!

Great book but none of the chapter line up!?

Love the series, really enjoying it.

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  • Pete
  • 08-20-18

A brilliant book

a wonderful book, well read with great voices. some slightly strange pronunciations But I suppose actors are meant to be a little odd!

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  • A Scott
  • 07-17-18

Hate the strange accents being used.

I've loved these books since I was 13. would have preferred someone like Steven Fry. His voices in Harry Potter were believable. The ones in this series seem to wonder all over the place, including a very bad Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

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  • Mathew Wise
  • 07-10-18

fourth of five

if you read this far you know the score. these are a well written fantasy, fun and light. aimed more at older teens, but still enjoyable.

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  • Kimberly
  • 04-06-17

I'm running out of good things to say!

I am quite honestly running out of praise for David Eddings and his masterful storytelling.
Worth every second of your time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-17

entertaining

enjoying the different voices, though some slightly comical , monty python like, thoroughly enjoying listening to it though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-19

Excellent!

The saga continues with the story building. Can't wait to listen to the final one in this series!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-17

Great Tale.

Another rich tapestry of characters, engaging story and great narration. A very enjoyable story, well told.

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  • luke
  • 10-16-16

me likey

words them selves can't begin to describe the intrigue that incredulously embroiders into ones imagination.

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  • Luke
  • 04-15-16

great fun adventurous

loved it! I read the first book in high school then picked it up again a month ago now I'm here smashing through them.

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  • jasno5000
  • 07-13-15

Extended Epic

Great performance by the narrator, but a very long drawn out epic story. I think Polgara is a lot less likeable now then when we first met her. Her compassion comes in very rare bursts, but every other character I find totally likeable and work well together in the story as a whole.