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Queen of Sorcery

The Belgariad, Book 2
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Belgariad, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,522 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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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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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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  • Me
  • 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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  • Brian
  • Leesburg, FL, United States
  • 12-11-12

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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  • Cecilia
  • Pensacola, FL, United States
  • 08-31-12

Wonderful story line, not so great narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cameron Beierle’s performances?

I'll be perfectly honest, I would only buy the next book in line because I LOVE the story line so much. I grew up reading these books and have a great fondness for the characters. Cameron Beierle's narration leaves a lot to be desired. The accents he gives the characters are very thick and change frequently. I think he tried to make things too complicated and lost track of who was who. Belgarath sounds like some buffoon. I do have a hard time listening to the narration at first and have to concentrate on the story line in order to get past the "voice."

I do wonder if Cameron was given any direction from the author. I know when we read, unfamiliar names are said how we'd imagine them to be. Almost all the names and places are pronounced differently than I have said them. Who knows which is correct, but that is another issue that grates on my nerves.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could not listen to the narrator for that long.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic story line, the characters are well formed and believable.... the narrator however, over did it.

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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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good plot and dialogue, irritating narrator

I've enjoyed the book and series on the whole but was quite annoyed with the narration. Aside from minor items (always saying "secession" when in context the word must have clearly been "succession", for example), the narrator had very little consistency in intonation or even in pronouncing characters' names. While I realize that there are rather a lot of people introduced over the course of the series, and many countries, a single character sometimes sounds Russian, Swedish, Irish, or American. Given the structure of the series, it would make sense for each country to have a designated accent and stick with that. But at a minimum, I would like consistent accent and intonation for individuals we spend a lot of time with!

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Terrible narration

The narrator's male character voices usually sound pretentious and flamboyant. Garion's Voice they randomly picks up a English or Australian accent. Overall this narrator gets very very annoying the more you listen to him.

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I'll read the rest of the series.

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

No, not really. I'm not too fond of the narrator. I'd recommend the story though.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is fun, classic fantasy. Reminds me a bit of knightly romances, with magic thrown in.

What three words best describe Cameron Beierle’s performance?

He tried.

Any additional comments?

Just as book one, this book is open-ended. You probably have to read the entire series to get to the solution of the adventure.

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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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  • 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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  • A. Woods
  • 05-01-19

Brilliant story, lousy narration!

I love all of the works of David Eddings and this is no exception. I just wish that the books could be read by someone who doesn't sound like they just swallowed a bag of wet cement.

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  • ian b
  • 04-09-19

Fantastic!

Excellent book and thoroughly enjoyed it! The narrator was brilliant. Looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

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  • Catherine Caldwell
  • 03-01-19

book amazing performance

The reader ruind a fantastic book with his slow voices difrent accents mostly French for most miss pronounced words you should get a better person to read these books and get your cash back for such a bad performance

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  • Stephanie Alexandra
  • 08-25-18

love this book

I really love this book (and the whole series) but sadly the narrator is not good at all

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  • Mathew Wise
  • 07-03-18

Good listen, better read

as the story involves, so the characters become more familiar and less confusing as you recognise them all. the story becomes richer and richer the more you get into the books.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-19

Fantastic

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-17

Very entertaining!

A great story with fantastic adventures and endearing characters.
Well written and vividly brought to life by the narrator.

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  • jasno5000
  • 07-03-15

The narration is worth it

These books are certainly more about the journey, 2 books in and we are still on the road. I am assuming the narrator is doing all the character voices and that makes the trip worth it. He does makes all the voices different, with all their subtleties, and interesting. Exceptional job.