• Magician's Gambit

  • The Belgariad, Book 3
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,668 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 dangerous 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, who would have to be thousands of years old.

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 teach him, brush back his tangled hair, and comfort him. But he is going to a strange tower in the center of all he believes evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician, and she can't be there to watch over him. She may never see him again!

Thus continues The Belgariad, an epic prophecy still unfolding.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more titles in the Belgariad series.
©2000 David Eddings (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Absorbing. Touches all the right fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fabulous! Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style. Exceedingly well portrayed." (Anne McCaffrey)

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Shurely Shome Mishtake?

I remember reading these books as a teenager and enjoying them; as I currently walk to and fro work, I thought they'd be ideal for a bit of commuting brain candy. The stories are still as much fun as I remember, although the constant repetition of each character's establishing traits can be a little trying - for example, try taking a drink every time someone says 'you're a bad man, Silk'. You'll be on the floor in no time...
Unintentional hilarity is provided by the narrator, who is obviously a perfectionist as he strives constantly to improve his characterisations, often in the middle of a sentence! So Silk is either from Eastern Europe, Chelsea, or even Turkey or Greece, depending on what the narrator's feeling like - often's he's all three in a sentence. This can be annoying, but at least not as bad as it was in Queen of Sorcery, the book preceding this one (...all the Knights sounded like John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Less cheese, please.

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I liked it.

I stand by my statement in my review of Pawn of Prophecy. The best narrator for the Belgariad novels, for me at least, has always been and will always be Jon Beryl, who narrated the Talking Book versions. But Cameron Beirle does a better job of giving the characters personality. The problem he sometimes has is that sometimes multiple characters sound exactly the same. He also still often has difficulty pronouncing the same names the same consistently. But as I said before, this can perhaps be excused. Not only does he have to try to give voice to names that are difficult to read let alone say out loud, but I suspect that English wasn't his native language judging from his accent. That would make it harder on anyone. But he tries and he does a good job despite these difficulties. I've always wanted the Belgariad and Malloreon to be avaible in audiobook form commercially, but for years nobody seemed interested. Thanks to Books in Motion I got my wish.
As for this book, Cameron has some more new characters to deal with. He did a good job capturing the ancient sorrow of the god Mara and the evil of Ctuchik, as well as his fear and panic in the final moments of his cofrontation with Belgarath. He also does a good job on the emotionally conflicted Relg. I said before the Cameron was beginning to find his footing with Queen of Sorcery and he does seem to be improving with each book.

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Adventures and Action for the Audio Mind

Would you consider the audio edition of Magician's Gambit to be better than the print version?

I've read, and re-read this excellent adventure series by David Eddings several times over the past 20 yrs., but just recently purchased it in audio form. I must say Cameron Beierle has a gift with bringing out the accents and attitudes of each character. It took me some time to warm up to his voice, because I had already established the personalities in my head, but once I opened up to his reading of the story, it all became new again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magician's Gambit?

When Ce'nedra found out she was going to marry Garion

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

His voice is warm and full, and perfect for bringing a character to life.

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

When Garion revisited Faldors farm.....that moment, among others brought me to tears.

Any additional comments?

If you like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, you will most definitely love this action/adventure series.

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The next best thing to reading the books yourself.

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.

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Good, but still more??...

Although I've enjoyed the story and listening to it, the fact that I need to fork out yet another credit, or two, or? to keep going with the narrative finally got to me. I bought and listened to the first three, but you know where the plot is headed, and it's just not worth the extra $'s to keep on with it.

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Another great listening experience

All the readings I have made my way through have been great so far.

My only issue w/ this book is the charecter Relg (sp?), the cave diviner. He plays an essential role, but he is by far one of the most annoying literary charecters I have come across.

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rereading this series is like visiting old friends

loved it! wonderful characters and a classic battle of good and evil. A fun must read

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Aaaa so good

reader doesn’t ruin the story like people say. Just takes some getting used too. :D


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Magician's Gambit

The Prophecy continues

I cant even cover everything that happens in this book. So much happens in each book its hard to remember where one book begins and the other ends.

I do no Ce'Nedra is accepting her fate as a bride to Riva. She's coming to believe in the impossible.

Garion is coming into his power. Part of the gang separates for safety while others are still coming along.

I can not imagine the planning Belgareth and Polgara had to do to ensure the Prophesies would happen.


I love how the group seems crazy and yet it fits and works perfectly together.

I cant wait for the rest.

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My Will and My Word

Flawless story and storyline. love the characters and how they live and love. A true adventure.

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  • A. Woods
  • 05-03-19

Fantastic story, bloody awful narrator!

This is one of the best sets of fantasy books I have ever read. Sadly the books are a little bit spoiled by the lousy performance of the narrator. I have only stuck with them because I love these books so much.

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  • Catherine Caldwell
  • 05-04-19

David Eddings did it Again

David Eddings takes you on a magical adventure you can picture the caricatures marvelous Book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-17

Frustrating lack of consistency in narration

Re-read these books many times brilliant! Narration lets it down, narrator attempts individual character voices that become intermingled and confused.

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  • Mrs T Weaver
  • 04-14-21

Still Persevering

Still struggling with the narration of this story and the bad character voices but reliving a much loved story

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  • Stephen
  • 03-20-19

well told

good range of voices and easy to get into. characters well represented a couple odd but nothing dreadful.

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  • Kitty
  • 03-31-17

So much Yes!

What have I said in my other reviews that would be new here? Not much for sure! I can safely say that this is one of my all time favourite book series and your life will be richer for reading it! X

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  • GoddessEnvii
  • 08-31-22

great book

the best story teller of all time love these books so much listen to them every night

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  • Viv
  • 08-29-22

The Belgariad

Good series with plenty of twists and turns in the plots. As brilliantly as narrated as the others in the series. Thank you

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  • Joey
  • 07-25-22

Great book and narrator

Loved listening to this book and the narrator is great, only knocked it cause one chapter nearer the end sounded a little off

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  • Kathleen Moody
  • 03-21-22

Missing words/lines in chapter 4

words & sometimes half of a whole sentence are cut out of chapter 4.
I hope Audible will fix this

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  • Debra read
  • 04-20-22

Love these books

I think it could be improved with more readers doing the voices especially the male’s variety

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  • Mark
  • 10-09-21

Great read!

loved this installment of the belgariad. Silk's banter is great. The plot is building and continually draws you in for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-21

love this series

this is the 3rd book in this series and its gets better from here on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

Another great story

Another great story by a clever author of this genre.

But, like the earlier books narrated by Cameron Belerle, the individual vocalisation of characters gets muddled. That's to say you know which character is speaking BUT the accents he uses for them gets mixed; someone could be saying something in a plain English way then a Mexican/Spanish inflection enters the voice which is really annoying.

If you can overlook the narrators shortcomings the story Eddings has created is still there and carries the mind into a whole new world.

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  • BDynamite31
  • 10-28-20

Eddings delivers

This story takes the reader/ listener for a wonderful journey through a detailed world of wonder and danger. The characters continue to develop on their quest. Brilliant book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-20

so good

Cameron is by far my favourite narrator for the series I love the way he portrays the characters especially belgarath

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  • Fiona Anderson
  • 02-26-20

Balgarath

Book 3 and onwards. As the story develops the characters show them to each other

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  • Ben
  • 03-03-19

Another Excellent Eddings Book

Seriously can't get enough of this series! Another book completed in just a couple of weeks. Downloading the next right now!!
Best moment? When Garion brings the foal to life 😁

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  • MB
  • 10-22-18

Excellent Fantasy Adventure and Narration

A Classic of the Genre excellently narrated by a master narrator at the top of his profession.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-17

Great Tale!

A wonderfully narrated story, with vivid characters and engaging adventures... Looking forward to the next one.