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Guardians of the West

The Malloreon, Book 1
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,032 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.
Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Malloreon series, which is the sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.
©1987 David Eddings (P)2004 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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A good beginning to the Second Half of the Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Guardians of the West to be better than the print version?

It's been a long time since I've read the Guardians of the West but I think I'd say yes to this. It's an easy read and it makes for an easy listen as well. Having the various characters' dialogue come alive is quite nice. The dialogue is probably the best part of Eddings' writing so it really works well as an audio experience.

What other book might you compare Guardians of the West to and why?

Well let's be honest - The thing about David Eddings is that one book is pretty much like another. If you've read or listened to the Belgariad well then, here's more of the same. If you've read or listened to his Sparhawk books then here's more of the same - only more young adult than adult (not that that's a bad thing) and more side stuff going on (because the series is 5 books instead of 3).

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

There comes a point in a book like this where you realize - wow there are a huge number of characters in this book and the reader is doing all of them by himself. He also does a good job of defining accents for each of the various peoples of the world. It's not perfect - in particular the voices of Belgarion and Errand often sound the same to the point of confusion - but it's not a huge problem.

Any additional comments?

Eddings' fantasy series are, above all else, fun. This is his second seriers with these characters and could more rightly be considered book 6 of 10 instead of 1 of 5, though you could start here if you wanted to. On problem for some could be that at this point in the story some old characters you may love have to fade into the background and some new ones step forward to take their place. I personally miss some of the old characters who are relegated to bit parts, but the new characters Eddings gives us do tend to be far more interesting than what we had in the Belgariad and add a lot in diversity to the cast.

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Fantastic First Rate Fantasy

Any additional comments?

Picked this one up on sale - big fan of all things fantasy from Tolkien to Patrick Rothfuss and I'm not sure how David Eddings slipped under my radar for so long. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel beginning to end. Also the first Cameron Beierle narrated audiobook I've listened too - impressive narration.

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And the fun begings

What did you love best about Guardians of the West?

The story started slowly but I fell in love with all of the people who inhabit the pages. With each new book you learn more about everyone. By the end of the series you know everyone and they are like old friends. The print version lives happily on my bookshelf.

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  • Vaughn
  • Wooster, OH, USA
  • 02-12-10

Good but starts slow

Good book. I felt the narration was good. The first half of the book was a bit slow but got pretty good as it ended. I understand this was the setup book. If you can make it past the first half you will enjoy the rest of this book and most certainly the series. I like how he puts accents on the different characters depending what country they were from. I would recommend this but give it a chance.

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  • Anna
  • Altadena, CA, USA
  • 02-29-08

Equalize Please

The story and the reading were both excellent. My only complaint is that the recording seemed to put a lot of emphasis on the higher pitched sounds (particularly when the reader read the letter 's'). The contrast was so great that I had to turn the volume up and the treble all the way down in my car not to have my ears hurt a bit by the end of my commute.

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slow start but worth it

This was a slow starter, but the rest of the series makes it worth it, even though it is a long series, and probably could have been shortened by a book, it is a great series. The reader is a good story teller and brings the characters to life. In short, even though some sections get a bit tiresome, the whole is worth it.

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The epic continues

Davis Eddings is a fantastic author. And the audio book brings the characters to life. I love the entire series.

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A great start to one of my favorite fantasy series

The Guardians of the West picks up almost immediately after the end of the Belgariad. It's been a few months since Garion and Ce'Nedra's wedding, and the young boy Errand find himself moving to the vale with his new adopted parents Durnik and Polgara the Sorceress. The group is accompanied by the vagabond sorcerer, Belgarath. After he and Polgara spent thousands of years working to see Torak and the Dark Prophecy defeated, they think they can rest. But hints and rumors begin to stir of a new force awakening in the east while the Angeraks struggle to come to grips with the death of their god.

Over the next five or so years, Garion and Ce'Nedra settle into their married. With a few bumps along they way, they grow to find a balance in their relationship. A balance that is disrupted when Ce'Nedra's lack of pregnancy begins to worry the other monarchs of the world. Stability is needed for the world after the trauma it's endured, and there are those who seek to take advantage of it.

Once again, Garion and his companions have to defend the West as new threats arise and hints that there is still more to come in the fight between the two halves of the original Purpose of the Universe. That though Torak was defeated, the Dark Prophecy still moves pieces on the board and a new threat boils beneath the surface.

Guardians of the West is a great follow up to Eddings outstanding Belgariad. He returns to his world and spends an entire book on the buildup to the new threat. He's subtle, showing us our characters as they fit into their new roles in life, growing into full adulthood (like Garion and Ce'Nedra) while shifting many of Garion's story role onto Errand's shoulders. For fans of the Belgariad, it's a great reunion with old friends.

The build up is handled well. It's a mystery that has you, thinking you already know everything about the world, wondering what is going on. That moment of realization that there is more to “Boundless Mallorea” than that little slice we saw in Enchanters End Game. The misdirects and the plot twists are great. Guardians of the West is like the first few chapters of Pawn of Prophecy stretched into nearly a whole book.

And it works.

This is a great start to a new series with our old character. Eddings has to do little retconning to make it work, just tweaking the expectation that the final battle wasn't as final as everyone (our characters included) believed. It follows on those dangling plot threads left over from the last series while setting the stage for the new adventure to come. If you enjoyed the Belgariad, then you have to read the Mallorean!

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wow!

Cameron Beierle is flawless and makes the story truly timeless. I hang on every word!

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An excellent continuation to an epic story.

I've seen some reviews that knock the narrator, but I think Cameron Biarly did a good job. sorry if I slaughtered your name in the spelling.

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  • Angela
  • 04-08-17

Sound

I have listened to this story many times as I use it to help me fall asleep. It is well read and remains enjoyable - whether sleeping or awake. I still often play it again during the day just to follow the story a bit more.

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  • Mark Harrison
  • 07-12-16

Good story

Great story if you can get past the sometimes Pythonesque or chim chimeney accents by the narrator.

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  • Mrs L A Pickles
  • 01-11-16

Unlistenable

I am afraid although I love David Eddings and Belgarath this is a book that I will have to read myself. The narrator sounds more like a computerised voice. For me impossible to listen to.

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  • James wood
  • 05-26-17

Great

Really love the story and i originally read the book but haven't picked it up since having the audiobook a must buy

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 09-12-15

A well paced fantasy mystery

An excellent well placed story that unlike some of the Belgariad always feels like it's going somewhere and never stalling.

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  • Hazel Ruth Wilson
  • 05-29-15

wow.

An absolutely gripping first book of this new series. loved every minute. can't wait to start th next one

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 04-05-15

Awful recording.

Somebody sack Cameron Beierle! The man has no clue about intonation, pacing or punctuation. This dreadful recording spoiled the book.

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant continuation of the saga....

The story continues from where we left off after the Belgariad, building on the picture of the main characters lives and sowing the seed for this next epic adventure. Enthralling story, engagingly read by Cameron Beierle, throughly enjoyable listening.

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  • Tony Cherrington Rural Dorset UK
  • 11-20-18

A Fantastic New Start

I was so happy to discover my favourite books in the audible store. Listening to somebody else read the book too some getting used to but very much well worth the effort. I now have all 12 books of the series. Our whole family listen at bed time.

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  • Stephen, liverpool
  • 11-10-18

Great story

Loved it, 2nd time listening. Belgarion stories are well written. Cameron narrates really well also.

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  • luke
  • 10-28-16

second time round and still on edge.

Good follow up to the last series, barely any repetition in the story's plot, and still thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Charni
  • 11-19-18

Bad pronouncing

The narrator keeps pronouncing quay as "kway" it's "KEY" not kway!!! It's very off putting.

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  • mrsvee
  • 10-16-18

Poor choice of reader

This reader not only mispronounces words but is inconsistent with some of those wrongly pronounced words. Unfortunately I must put up with his apparently poor education to hear the rest of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-18

best books ever

David Edding books are my favorite books ever have read them for year but now that my eyes are so back glad to be able to listen to them and enjoy them again. love love them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-18

Enjoyed it

I enjoy the series. Pronunciation worries me at times saying "off of" is incorrect English.

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  • Cindy Mulder
  • 07-07-17

Fantastic

Very good book and the narrator is excellent. Very easy to listen to. All the different accents makes it very easy to follow the characters.