Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome fans back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series....
Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems....
Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue....
Six years had passed since the redoubtable knight Sparhawk had triumphed over the evil God Azash and returned to Elenia with Queen Ehlana, his bride....
It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
The journey through the Serpent Spire won't be easy, but Corin won't stop until he gets his brother back....
Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval....
Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart....
On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman....
Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality....
In this prequel to The Sword of Shannara, in which many details of the Four Lands' history are revealed, Druids, horrified by the misuse of magic, have eschewed it in favor of science....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound....
For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon....
The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League....
The first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty....
For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession....
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.
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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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. <br/><br/>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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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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Flawless story and storyline. love the characters and how they live and love. A true adventure.
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If you could sum up Magician's Gambit in three words, what would they be?
Magical, Compelling, Envigorating
Who was your favorite character and why?
Prince "Silk" Keldar would have to be my favorite! The quick witted and slick-tongued little man never fails to surprise, impress, and humor me.
What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Cameron Beierle is his own cast. The voice talents used throughout the series is never duplicated between characters, and always premeditated. It's as if Cameron is so engrossed into the story that he feels what each character feels and knows how to portray their tiredness by yawning and talking at teh same time, or their mysticism with a inquiring tone, and, of course, malicious humor, as perfectly portrayed by Silk. I must admit, that if he doesn't play the voice of Silk when ever a movie is made, I'll be sorely disappointed with almost any other portrayal of the sharp faced and sinical little prince.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Admittedly, I listened to it over the course of 4 sittings, because of minions running around the place, however, it was captivating enough that when I listened to it while dead tired and falling asleep, I stayed awake for a couple of more hours because of the compulsion to know what Beierle is gonna say next.
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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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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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All the characters make this book what it is. Silk and Durnic are still my favorites
Beierle is a broadcaster and brings that sensibility to the recording. He isn't as dynamic as the actors and voice actors that they often bring in on newer recordings.
This story is one of my favorites from childhood. I love the characters. They are old friends and companions, with whom I have quested. The narrator makes a valiant attempt to convey the numerous and varied accents but often in his attempts, the accents drop, meld, or they obscure the words of the story, creating moments of dissonance and confusion that throw the listener out of the tale. Perhaps in the case of so many players, it is best practices to add a cast member or to avoid accents altogether and focus on tone and pitch to convey the different voices. It is still worth the listen.
Re-read these books many times brilliant! Narration lets it down, narrator attempts individual character voices that become intermingled and confused.
It was well read, but I have high expectations when it comes to this particular series. As this was a childhood favoraite when I didn't hear the familiar voices in my head I was disappointed, but again, fantastic story, well read
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
Eddings does it again, this man has a certain genius for writing totally immersive novels that carry you away to a world of believable fantasy.
Loved listening to this brilliant audio book. Looking forward to listening to the next part.
This is a fairly old series - I read them 20 years ago, so buying the audiobook was nostalgia and curiosity. I love this story as much now as I did all those years ago!
Quick synopsis: a young farm boy (Garian) grows up ignorant of his place in the world and is dragged along in the wake of a disparate group of people intent on a quest to rescue a magical item called The Orb.
Along the way, he discovers that his family is a good deal older than they appear and that he himself is not what he thought he was and that he is part of a prophecy that will decide the fate of the entire world. Watching him grow up and discover his power is exciting and endearing. Saying any more than that will spoil the story for you.
The narrator: Cameron Beierle irritated me no end when I started but I became used to him and eventually quite enjoyed him. What did irritate me, though, is that he doesn't maintain accents very well and in fact can't even pronounce names consistently. For example, there's a place called Riva. Mr Beierle pronounces Reeva, R-I-va, R-A-va, R-i-va. Decide on one, for heaven's sake! Then there's C'enedra, pronounced Chenedra, Senedra, Cenedra... This actually happens with most of the names. At first, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, ie that he took care to pronounce names with the accent of the person he's narrating, but it was too inconsistent for this to be the case.
In the scheme of things, these are not deal breakers and the story is so wonderful that it's worth tolerating it.
Here, Garion and the imperial princess Xinedra are forced to part. She, to live for a time with strange people, and he, to go and face the evil magician, Tucheck, deciple of Torak. Will he survive? Will they ever meet again? ... David Eddings continues his thrilling saga about a farm boy who knows little of the finer ways of life, but who is battling through his teens and with truths he is not totally capable of accepting. Read this book if you want to continue on with Garion on his quest.
the characters are starting to grow up and come in to their own. not long
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A wonderfully narrated story, with vivid characters and engaging adventures... Looking forward to the next one.
i finished it in a day its that good. bring on book four I say.
Was a terrific story but the first book in the series sounded quite clear and crisp, the rest however have dropped in quality and make it less pleasurable to listen