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It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic. After that, Garion feels assured his part will be finished. But the prophecy still holds several surprises for Garion, and for the Imperial Princess Ce'Nedra.
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© and (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Not the Narrator I would like.

i have nothing personally against the narrator. however, everyone in the story seems to either have a slow speach impediment or they are closely related to pepe' la' pewe. i have read all of Eddings books as far as i know. and this particular series is by far my favorite. i just was not happy with the narration. the only voice in the whole series that really seems to fit the character would be Beldin. he was done to perfection. i personnally feel as though this would be a great story to have done "dramatized" with an all star cast..
lol, feel free to contact me for voice recommendations. please do not misunderstand me, the narrator would was fine whenever he was reading the "narration", it is only the voices that ruined it for me.

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  • Albert
  • rock springs, WY, USA
  • 12-31-07

excelent

read these books as a teenager and listening to them 20 or so years later there still awesome

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great books, not so great narrator

I love these books and re-read them often. I decided to purchase an audio copy so that I could multi-task. The narrator however, is very disappointing. He is decent for the narration, but his accents & pronunciations are inconsistent, he mispronounces words and his vowels (git instead of get, for example) are awful. With a better narrator I would give it 5 stars.

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One step closer...

As I said before I think Cameron Beirle consolidates his footing better and better with each novel. This is no exception. I noticed fewer and fewer inconsistencies with his narration, particularly in this installment.
Having regained the Orb of Aldur from Ctuchik, the now-vanquished disciple of Torak, Belgarion and his companions must escape from the crumbling city of Rak Cthol, pursued by the soldiers of the maniacal king of Cthol Murgos as well as by the sinister arts of the now-leaderless Grolim priests. Only then can they return the Orb to the Hall of the Rivan King, which Polgara reveals must be accomplished by Erastide. From there Belgarion must set out to meet a destiny beyond
his imagining.

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Just not very interesting

this series was incredibly disappointing. I expected the characters to grow; they didn't. I expected some plot twists; there were none. I mean, the main character didn't mature in any meaningful way. He was as clueless at the end, as he was at the beginning; mostly just a shell for the phrophecy in his head. Repetitive use of annoying and infrequently used language ("vagrant winds", "sardonic"). The conflict was contrived, and there was never any fear of failure. I tried really hard to finish it. Made it to the very end and it was so simplistic and predictable, I rage quit.

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Excellent epic story

This whole series is great, but this one has always been my favorite book of them all. I was a little annoyed that some of the voices are too high pitched, but most are good.

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Excellent!

The beautiful epic fantasy is brought to vivid life by an outstanding narrator who captures the essence of each character delightfully.

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The end of the story is at hand

CeNedra is always been my favorite character in this story and this really focus on her towards the end.

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  • Kyndall
  • Yukon, Oklahoma United States
  • 07-26-17

Epic fantasy

This series shaped my opinions on what good fantasy should be. I read these books 25 years ago and have re-read it often. The narrator did an excellent job that kept me happily entertained hour by hour.

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one of the best I ever read

love all of David eddings books have went through several copies of each book over 15 years

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 01-12-15

Come on, Cameron!

I'm beginning to wonder if the voice actor on this just wasn't given enough time with the scripts. Fiddle penyang.

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  • Kimberly
  • 04-06-17

I'm running out of good things to say!

I am quite honestly running out of praise for David Eddings and his masterful storytelling.
Worth every second of your time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-17

entertaining

enjoying the different voices, though some slightly comical , monty python like, thoroughly enjoying listening to it though

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  • P. J. Coffey
  • 02-27-17

A tale of family

Why do I keep coming back to the Belgariad? because it has women who actually act like people. because it has emotional depth which always surprises me.

There are very few books in the genre where family is important, but this is one of them.

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  • STARSKYDOG
  • 02-11-16

good book

you can get past the narrator it's a good story and the guy does his best. worth it

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  • Mrs. J. waite
  • 07-17-15

castle of wizardry

pronunciation spoils the overall five stars. The story is brilliant and one I listen constantly

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  • lance
  • 11-07-08

again

still holding my attaention
excellent

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  • Ayesha
  • 01-26-09

Castle Of Wizardry by David Eddings

Garion is sure his part in the mysterious quest that took him away from Faldor's farm is over. But he is wrong! In this book, he must flee a crumbling fortress, fight dark magic and fulfill parts of an ancient prophecy even he does not know about. Armies, princesses and matters of the heart are set to beseege Garion and the imperial princess Xenedra in this penultimate part. Join them as they near the end of their unexplained quest ...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-17

Great Tale.

Another rich tapestry of characters, engaging story and great narration. A very enjoyable story, well told.

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  • luke
  • 10-16-16

me likey

words them selves can't begin to describe the intrigue that incredulously embroiders into ones imagination.

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  • Luke
  • 04-15-16

great fun adventurous

loved it! I read the first book in high school then picked it up again a month ago now I'm here smashing through them.

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  • jasno5000
  • 07-13-15

Extended Epic

Great performance by the narrator, but a very long drawn out epic story. I think Polgara is a lot less likeable now then when we first met her. Her compassion comes in very rare bursts, but every other character I find totally likeable and work well together in the story as a whole.