• Queen of Sorcery

  • The Belgariad, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,011 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur, until he was defeated in a final battle. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster.

With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He had never believed in sorcery, wanting no part of it. Yet with every league they travel, the power is growing within him, forcing him into acts of wizardry that he can't accept. His fate is inextricably woven into the fabric of an unfolding prophecy for glory or doom.

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

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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I think It's time for some plain talk

Sorry, so sorry. I know that I am only one of four people that gave this story just one star. The majority of you gave it five stars, but I have to be truthful. If your tastes, our similar to mine, you will find this to be a snoozer. I could not get into it. I tried for four and a half hours and could not go any farther.

This is one of those books were the characters talk a lot. The talk about what they are going to do, what they did and what they should not have done. There is some action, but it is quick and then they talk about what they just did.

A lot of people who love Eddings, fell in love with him back in the eighties and his writing reflects what fantasy was like back then. I am just glad things have changed and if you are of the younger generation you will probably not get into this either.

Narrator was great. One of his characters sounded actually like Sean Connery.

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Love the Story Not the Reader

This is a wonderful fantasy series and I hope they get the first book Pawn of Prophecy eventually. However unlike the other reviewer, I thought the reader was rather mediocre. The accents were inconsistant and frankly I didnt find them well done. They are mixture of Arnold Schwartzenhager..( and Boris Badenov with fake Scotts and French thrown in. They annoyed me throughout the entire story and usually I am not all that concerned about narration. On the good side Cameron Beierle's narration is clear. He would have done better however to just give the book a straight read.

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The characters come to life

This second installment in the Belgariad is just as enjoyable as the first. Cameron's reading is excellent and he manages to bring the characters to life. A lovely fantasy adventure, that incorporates the best of family values. The story of a boy on his way to manhood, and the people who guide him along the way. A good listen for juveniles as well

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Great way to spend a day doing chores.

Storyteller is great.. Read the books as a kid and needed company while doing chores around the house.. great way to spend several days being read to

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Great Audiobook

Although I agree that the narrator defaulted to a French accent for the characters of lesser importance, I thought he did a tremendous job. I especially loved his portrayal of Silk.
I loved it!

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Great story, bad narrator

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Aside form Silk, the characters' accents are very inconsistent, and they seem to vary from a heavy French accent to a light French accent. Occasionally, someone will have an Italian one for a few paragraphs, but then it'll be back to French. It would've been better with a straight read.

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Disappointing to say the least

As with Book 1 of this series Cameron Beierle simply ruined the experience. His narration was atrocious. Mispronunciations, inconsistency with regard to character voices, and over the top emphasis on certain words made me cringe. Do not waste your money/credits on this series like I did. You'll never get them back. I could only hope the publisher would re-narrate the books and actually pay attention to the performance before putting them up for sale.

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  • 05-10-15

awesome

it is an amazing story amazing performance just great I can't say enough about this great series.

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outstanding

one of my favorites to travel the roads with day or night never gets old

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Si-fiction writing

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

This book is the 2nd of 5 books for this collection. There are a total of 10 for the storyline. It took my on a great adventure that I have not had any other author due.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Sorcery?

Gorion finding his true self.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

Garion

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

David and Leigh Eddings make the charaters come alive in all the books they have written.

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  • A. Brunton
  • 08-01-15

Awful narration continues...

Would you consider the audio edition of Queen of Sorcery to be better than the print version?

The Audio version is not better than the print version but any stretch of the imagination.

How could the performance have been better?

I think when the narrator starts calling a main character a temporary building structure we have to wonder. Polgara becomes Pergola. PERGOLA?!! Dear me. And is Mandorallan Scottish or French? Is Barack Russian or Austrian? Is Durnik French?

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

Yes - often annoyance at the Narrator!

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  • Miss
  • 06-11-15

Monty Python's Belgariad

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrator

What didn’t you like about Cameron Beierle’s performance?

Honestly, I thought he couldn't get any worse than in Book 1, but he manages it. I wish he'd go and listen to audiobooks narrated by people like Stephen Fry and Stephen Briggs, who show how it can be done (Stephen Fry especially brilliantly voicing a huge cast of characters in Harry Potter). They choose voices appropriate for the characters and use them consistently, keeping the narration lively. Or there are other narrators out there who can't do quite as much, but just use enough of a different 'voice' (higher pitch, lower pitch, hard, soft etc) to distinguish the various characters and leave it at that. While that might not add much, it at least does not get in the way.

I don't know why Mr Beierle felt that it was necessary to use a variety of European accents, particularly given that he can't do any of them. Durnik veers from a sort of cockney to West Country to Australian(!) to Eastern European. Mandorallen's accent is straight out of Monty Python, with Lelldorin also coming close to those comic heights, and others are very little better. Belgarath is the only one that is relatively successful.

The worst thing though (aside from his lack of education again showing in mispronunciation of certain words - 'quay' in book one was hilarious) is the lack of consistency. The narrator simply can't decide what pronunciations to use for places and people, so changes all the time, often within the course of a sentence. If a name is written as Ch, half the time he'll pronounce it with a hard 'K'. If it's written with a hard c or k, he'll pronounce it with the guttural "ch" sound. Or mix and match arbitrarily.

Where did they get this guy? I've managed to listen to half way through the 4th volume now, as I wanted to listen to the whole series (which is really one 'book') but have given up. I can't stand it any longer - don't even know how I managed to get this far. By this point, everyone seems to have come from Eastern Europe or a Monty Python skit.

Could you see Queen of Sorcery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, it would make an excellent film (were it not for the fact that Lord of the Rings, superior in every way, has already been done).

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  • Sara
  • 02-07-11

The strange voice takes getting used to

The book is a 5 star the audio book only a 3 star and that is only because its a good story. I downloaded the first part to see if I could bare the strangness of the very intrestingly voiced narrator. Its not too bad after a while - its like your ears become 'normed' to strange americanised vowel elongations. I think having read this though I will be moving straight to polgara which all the reviews say is much much better and also has an advantage of being a synopsis of the entire series.

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  • Ev
  • 12-08-21

awful voice

the awful narration is really spoiling one of my favourite books. sounds like a robot and can't hold the same accent for each character. durnick particularly and silk sound either Scottish, Swedish or Dick van Dyke school of London accents. shocking bad. don't want to bother with the rest of the books

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  • Diana
  • 05-12-15

book 2

The only irritating thing in this audio book is some of the pronunciation. Quay is pronounced key not c - way.

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 01-07-15

Mandatory headline

One of the better read/edited books of this series, but still Mr Beierle needs to learn the purpose of punctuation and its importance when reading aloud.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-09

Queen Of Sorcery by David Eddings

After the breathtaking events of \"Pawn Of Prophecy\", the reader is dying to know what happens next. Here, Eddings continues to show us his genius, plunging Garion in to a world in to which he is not prepared to go. Full of wit and wisdom, this continuation of the epic adventure sees Garion being kidnapped, comming to terms with the fact that sorcery is in his family, and meeting more people on the quest, about which, he still knows little, but upon which he has embarked ... a must read for all Eddings fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-22

Worst narrator I've ever heard

I loved the story when I was young and I was thrilled to find it here. The narrator completely ruins the listening and I will not buy the other books. Pawn of prophecy was ok ( I got used to it) but the fake "french" accent the narrator uses for the Asturian and Membrate speakers is just too much.

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  • Bebop
  • 06-30-22

loved it

It was easy listening and the characters well presented by speaker. Story good and descriptive.

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  • Hannah W
  • 05-18-22

Great story shame about the narrator

I loved these books when I was younger and the story is still great. If you can get over the narrator’s peculiar accents and frankly weird pronunciations then it is still a great story…..

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  • Marnie Wakeley
  • 04-29-21

Great Book-Terrible Narration

I have been so eager to revisit this series and was so excited when I saw it was on audible. I love these books but the narration was cringe worthy at best. It was almost too much listening to the terrible attempt at interpreting the different characters...like something out of a B Grade Disney movie. Sorry but it ruined an otherwise great book. Hopefully I can order the books online...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-19

As good as a movie

One of my favourite series, I’ve never been into Audio books but I can’t stop hearing my favourites characters come to life.

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  • Ben
  • 02-22-19

Fantastic

The Narrator brings these characters to life. Hooked on listening to this series!! Highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-21

Wondrous story, not quite as wondrous voicing...

Eddings and Fantasy is like milk and cookies... cheese and wine... they match so casually, yet the results are tantalising!!
The reading is great and performed well. Unfortunately the character voices didn't quite ring true. Some were embellished too much for accentuation and caused them to be irksome at times.
Even with that only and slight blemish, it's a wonderful chapter in a story for all ages, although seemingly aimed at a younger audience at times.

Overall 9.5/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-21

great book

this is an awesome series that you can listen to time and again. It is wonderfully

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

Another great audible book BUT the narration!!!

I loved the books and was thrilled to find them on Audible. The story is a slow burn but that is part of its charm and appeal. I love the characters and how they are developed cleverly by a gifted author.

If only the narrator would stop mispronouncing basic English words, that would be a great start. However, his "attempts" at individualising the characters voices is ridiculous. One moment Garion, for instance, is speaking as a young person might with a English/American voice then, when he next speaks, there is a distinct European inflection in his voice. AND the female characters!!!! If audible is going to go down the path of vocalising individual characters I wish they would at least get a female to do the job.

If you can overlook the narrators shortcomings this is a great listen.

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  • Average Joe
  • 05-28-21

A must read

Can't go wrong with David Edding's novel, an excellent novel, narrated by a soothing voice that helps you to picture each moments.

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  • Katy
  • 02-15-21

names are too hard

it's a grand slow winding adventure/quest. too many minor names are Introduced in their journey along the way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-20

Brilliant

Depiction of characters just I imagined when I read books years ago. well done

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

love this series

I'm a huge David & Leigh Eddings fan. I read this series when I was in my 20s (I'm 47 now) so I thought I'd try listening to the book this time... It's even better than reading it. The imagination takes over and I loose all sense of time and place

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