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Polgara the Sorceress

Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Series: Belgariad
Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,346 ratings)

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Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten.

She soars above a world of warriors, kings, and priests. The daughter of Belgarath and the shape-shifter Poledra, she has fought wars, plotted palace coups, and worked her powerful magic for three thousand years. Now, Polgara looks back at her magnificent life, in this fitting crown jewel to the saga that is the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean cycles. 

Her hair streaked white by her father's first touch, her mind guided by a mother she will not see again for centuries, Polgara begins life in her Uncle Beldin's tower, and in the prehistorical, magical Tree that stands in the middle of the Vale. There, she first learns the reaches of her powers. There she assumes the bird shapes that will serve her on her adventures. And there she starts on the path toward her destiny as Duchess of Erat, shepherdess of the cause of good, adversary of Torak the One-Eyed Dragon God, and guardian of the world's last, best hope: the heir to the Rivan throne.

Here is the legendary life story of a woman of wit, passion, and complex emotions, a woman born of two majestic parents who could not have been more unlike one another. Ordained to make peace and make war, to gain love and lose love, Polgara lives out her family's rich prophecy in the ceaseless struggle between the Light and the Dark.

Fantasy fan? Listen to titles in the Malloreon series, which is a sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.
©1996 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Good Story, Poor Narrator

After reading (listening) to The Belgariad and The Malloreon I thought I would download and listen to the prequels (addendums), Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. The two, five books series are all read by the same narrator so, the pronunciations and character voices are consistent and well done. Belgarath the Sorcerer is read by a different narrator, the pronunciations are all consistent, but obviously the character voices have to be different, and they were. This wasn't distracting and you became accustom to the new narrator quickly.

Polgara the Sorceress, however, has a poor narrator. She clearly has not listened to any of the previous books, or if she has, she ignored them completely! The pronunciations of: character names, place, and titles ignores all previous narrations. Her syntax is awful, it sounds like a female William Shatner is reading complete with weird and arbitrary pauses, and bizarre dramatic inflections. Her typical reading voice is pleasant, but some of the character voices are so irritating that it's distracting to the story. In addition to this, the audio editing of the reading isn't helping her; many of the stops and starts are very abrupt and are distracting.

This aside, the content of the story is good. It gives you another point of reference for Belgarath's history and reveals interesting things about Polgara and her motivations. I enjoyed the story and suffered the narrator.

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Horrible Narrator

I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.

Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Good story, HORRIBLE narrator

I loved the whole series when read by Cameron Bierle. He was the best narrator I had ever heard, so why on EARTH they switched to this woman is beyond me. I honestly haven't been able to do more then skip around in the book, because if I had to listen to her constantly I would go mad. Her voice for C'Nedra is so atrocious. She made a young dryad queen sound like a 90 year old hag. WHY??? I just don't understand. If it ain't broke, don't FIX it!! The book is good but I am going to read it on my kindle, because I just can't stand this narrator.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Please re-record!

I really think the narrator should have listened to the previous audio books before delving in. The mispronunciation of the cities and names is horrible....and the accents! I LOVE these books, rather sad I wasted a credit on this one but glad to hear the book since I don’t have the time in this season to read it again.

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Narrator ruins the story.

I am a faithful long time fan of David Eddings' books, and Polgara the Sorceress is a great addition to the Belgariad and Mallorean series. I have all of those , and the narrator for those(Cameron Beierle) does a great job with those. This narrator Dina Pearlman , ruins it for me. She mispronounces many names and her inflections for the characters land wildly off base. What bothers me is that someone who has not read the book will get this and prejudge all of the other books based on this performance. Read the book and pass this audiobook by.

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So disappointed with the Audio reading... why the change

I get that Polgara is from the view of a woman, but there were like 10 other books in this series and Cameron Beirlie read them all. When I listen to this it is like Polgara is this meek character. She is stern, she is more matter of fact. I get no feeling that anyone would do what she said to. All the voices sound the same. I miss the very arrogant sarcastic voice of Silk. The deep voice of Durnik.
Just very disappointed. If I didn't pay so much and it being the last book I would shut it off and beg for a refund. If I were rich I'd call Cameron and beg him to read it just for me.
Sorry if this is offensive to the woman who read this, but it was poor casting on the publishers part.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book, HORRIBLE Narrator

Including the books in the Belgariad series, Mallorian series, and the stand alone Belgarath the Sorcerer, this is the twelfth book in this series. David Eddings is my favorite author, and I LOVED the performances of the previous books, so I was very excited to hear Dina Pearlman perform Polgara. I was so disappointed! She changed the pronunciation of almost every name in the book in relation to the earlier narrations. I understand Thant some people may pronounce things differently, but some of her pronunciations don't even follow the spelling. She pronounces Ctuchik (proper pronunciation is Toochick) Chewtick?!?! There were eleven previous books and in all of them the names were pronounced properly. Maybe she should have listened to one of them first. Ruined the story for me.

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Painful Narration

Agreeing with what seems to be a consenses that Dina Perlman's pronunciation of most ALL of the cities and characters were WAY off. Drove me nuts! Book is great. I mean did she and or Audible not collaborate w/Cameron Beierle or J.P. Linton at all?! Come on Audible! Your the publisher "Audible Frontiers" of both Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, would've been nice of you to go to the "Books in Motion" publishers of the Belgariad and see if Cameron was free from any contract so YOU could use him too.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Narrator was a distration

The narrator pronounce many of the words differently than the reader of the other books. I found the book to be a real disappointment.

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What a shame

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is for me, I have it in hardback and have enjoyed it several times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Polgara the Sorceress?

I have read the entire series several times and there are way too many memorable moments to be limited to just one. With Polgara it is attitude and insight that create the memorable moments.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have read the series and enjoyed it several times. I have also listened to the rest of the series narrated by Cameron Beierle three times and loved every minute. I cannot for the life of me imagine how this narrator was selected or how anyone familiar with the rest of the audiobook series allowed this to be published. This narrator has obviously never listened to the rest of the series, because she has no feeling for the depth and character of Polgaras personality and bearing when dealing with others, or even day to day situations. Further, she didn't bother to learn the accepted pronunciations of names and places common to the series. I have tried twice now to listen to this book and I can't make it to the end of the first chapter before I am thoroughly annoyed and disgusted. I am going to make the time to go back and read the book for myself because it really is a delightful story and Polgara is a literary treasure.

What character would you cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

Only the narrator.

Any additional comments?

If Cameron would do the book, I will buy it in a heart beat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • karonald
  • 10-25-10

Fantastic book!

I bought this audiobook with some trepidation - Polgara the Sorceress was (and still is) one of my favourite books growing up, I was therefore slightly concerned that it would have been mangled like many of the other sci fi/fantasy type books on here.

fear not! it's brilliantly read, once you get used to the American pronounciations (and over the 'I don't pronounce Ctuchik like that!' issues) and had me totally addicted very quickly, much like the book.

Now if only the guy reading Belgarath the Sorcerer was as good...!

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  • Jim Webber
  • 06-07-10

Much more like it

I recently reviewed and rated the brother book to this one as extremely poor due to the narrator, indeed I gave up on after only a short period.

However this production was excellent. I think with the possible exception of Ce'Nedra, Dina Pearlman managed to pull off the characterisations brilliantly. Carmeron Beierle still sits atop the pile for me though.

I can strongly recomend this production to all Eddings fans. The story is a crisp as ever and Dina P. does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.

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  • Kirsty Lamont
  • 02-08-15

Great story, awful narrator.

Terrible narrator. Pronunciation of words changes frequently and lots of mistakes are made Eg. "picked him up bloodily" instead of bodily. There are also some sentences that have been edited, sometimes the sentence ends where it's obvious that there were more words to follow and other times its obvious that two sentences have been tacked together, so the beginning has no relation to the end.
The narration had me thoroughly exasperated at times. I had just finished listening to Belgarath the Socerer and would have liked the proper nouns to have been pronounced the same way as these are meant to be accounts from a father and daughter.
Fantastic story from the point of view of Polgara, telling her story of the tasks she was given by the Necessity, how she accomplished them and her feelings.
Love the book and will definitely be avoiding anything narrated by Dina Pearlman.

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  • Michael
  • 12-13-13

Great story, inconsistent narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely recommended. A great story especially if you have read the Belgariad and the other stories in this series.

What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to, and why?

Similar to Belgarath the Sorceror in that it wraps up neatly the history behind the cracking of the world and the events that transpired before Garion was born.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was poor and inconsistent in places. Often the same names would be pronounced in different ways which made it hard to listen to at times.

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

There are several sad sections where Polgara loses close family which will make you feel very upset.

Any additional comments?

If you can get past the poor reading of the book it is well worth a listen.

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  • Moi
  • 12-22-18

Have the paperback.

As stated in the title, I have the paperback and love this book. Truly devastated by the pronunciation of names and places but worst of all, is the voice of C'Nedra. How horrific! She sounds nothing like this impish, mischievous yet lovable character she is. Instead, she sounds older than the 7000+ year old Belgarath!! Total injustice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-18

Why change the pronunciation after 11 books?

The story is great, with wonderful details and revalations. I accept that every narrator gives their own interpretation to the characters, however why was it necessary to change the pronunciation of names and places so drastically after 11 books in the same world. It annoyed me enormously. The Characterisation of Poledra wasn't very convincing either.

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  • Talisman
  • 06-21-18

Terrible Narration spoils a fantastic book. Skip.

I've listened to this book before read by another narrator. The book is fantastic and one of my all time favourites, alongside the rest of the series. This version however is in my view completely spoilt by bad narration. The queen of Riva is a young queen in her early 20's when this story takes place. The narrator however gives her such a wavering gravely voice that you could easily think she is in her 80's. That set my teeth on edge immediatly. she is described as having a sweet girlish voice. Do the narrators never read the book ahead of creating the character voices. Polgara on the other hand is given a voice more suited to a young woman, when she is in fact thousands of years old, This is correct though as she 'decided' to stay the age she was and while the voice can be forgiven it is still too young for her and comes across as skittery and brainless. This again is in complete contrast to the character.

I shopped the playback at that point as I listen to Eddings books as a form of relaxation. sort of like sitting down with an old friend for a chat. This version however had my blood boiling withing a few minutes and was anything but relaxing.

For those that do not know the characters yet it may not irratate as much, but will still be very obvious that the voices do not suite the characters at all.

If you want to listen to this book, Look for the Cameron Bierlie version. Fantastic narrator and always does his characters proud.

I will be requesting a refund on this version.

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  • PunkJP
  • 03-07-18

Different pronunciations were irritating

Great story, and absolutely right to have a woman voice Polgara's story. However having so many names and places pronounced so very differently to how they had been the previous 11 books was very frustrating and off putting.

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  • knitter
  • 01-15-18

not the best

I love this book but the narrater is terrible. Her delivery is flat and he pronunciation jarring. it could and should have been better

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  • Mrs S
  • 06-02-15

Spoiled by terrible narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polgara ~ always a favourite of mine

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just awful ~ it grated on my nerves. I only managed 2 chapters and gave up. Ce'Nedra sounded like an old crone when she is a very young woman and that was just the start.

What character would you cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

Sorry to say I did not get far enough in the book to comment on this.

Any additional comments?

I did read the reviews which is why I tried this one and not Belgarath. Foolish mistake. Personally I did not particularly enjoy Cameron Beierle narrating the other two series by David Eddings BUT he was 100 times better than this narration. Sorry, not for me

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  • James M
  • 08-18-19

Narrator is woeful

I have always loved this book and thought it would be good to have the audiobook in my library. what a disappointment to hear the narrator chosen for this book. it was horrible to hear her mangling place and character names. it was very distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-19

Brilliant story, averagely performanced

I struggled to get through this and it's a real shame as I happily listened to all of Cameron bierlies versions of the belgariad and mallorean. For some reason, Dinas voice was shrill and was hard to listen to. Great book and I would recommend it but it was a very long time to listen to Dina

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-24-19

Senedra sounds like an old lady

I've listened to all books leading to this one, and the voices and intimations are so vastly different it's hard to hear.
I can't even see the same characters in my mind.
sigh.. it's hurting. but I'm going to try, this 2nd time, to let it go so I can hear the story.
but, it's disapointing.
The performance is letting me down.
I suspect the reader didn't listen to the previous stories..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-19

Great story

The only issue I had was that I listened to this book after listening to the Belgariad Series and while the book was fantastic on the whole, I was a little frustrated by the differences in pronunciations of different names and the tone of individual characters.

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  • mrsvee
  • 05-21-19

Readers ruin story.

The voices are TOOAmerican for my ear, and for hat reason many of their pronunciations are off, then too is how to read a paragraph .. emphasis in the wrong place and also many on the wrong word. Please, use voices and that don’t hurt the ear and don’t try to characterise all characters. They just are not proficient to get away with that. This book is not alone in those faults perceived by me.

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  • James Langley
  • 03-27-19

Fantastic book

Great listen. While there are some name pronunciation discrepancies from Belgarath the Sorcerer, they are fairly minor and don't really detract from the story as a whole. The narrator is clear and precise, making the book a very easy listening experience.

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  • David
  • 02-01-19

disappointed

I love these authors and the entire series but the change of readers was disappointing it was not presented inline with the previous books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-19

Good finish to a great series

Very enjoyable end to the series of books. Pronunciation by the different narrator was occasionally distracting.

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  • amazingcustomer
  • 01-11-19

good book

I wasn't a fan of the character voices performed by the reader. Great book though.

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-03-18

different reader

disappointed that cameron bierle didnt read this. i love his reading. but still decently done. few of the pronunciations were different too