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Pawn of Prophecy Audiobook

Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved, but did not truly know.

For yet a little while, his dreams of innocence remained safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while... thus begins The Belgariad, an epic fantasy of immense scope set against a history of 7,000 years. It tells of the struggles between ancient gods and mighty Kings, and of men in strange lands facing fated events, all bound by a prophecy that must be fulfilled.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Belgariad series, and its sequel, David Eddings' Malloreon series.

© and (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Amazon Customer 10-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite books "

    this book and series is one of my favorite of all times I hope you enjoy it too!

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    John Kelly 10-13-17
    John Kelly 10-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple but good"

    I read this series a few times as it flows nicely. The story line is simple, most of of characters a memorable in their own way. Straight up swords and sorcery story and so far the audible version is enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Ellis 10-04-17
    Dale Ellis 10-04-17
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    "A Prologue of Proper Nouns"

    This book is a long lead in to a story with very little actual story in it. I can see where this was once the start of a great fantasy epic, but now, it just feels its age. Slow and and a bit plodding. The two main characters are either unimpressive (the boy) or supremely unlikable (his guardian), but the secondary characters are interesting. There are peoples, places, and gods that can be a bit overwhelming due to their complex names and sheer number. You will get the important ones eventually though. This is a heavily detailed book. A little too much for me, but that is more a matter of personal taste that a true critique. I know of some people that thrive on the minutia, and they will find a pleasantly detailed world. I would also warn that it seems largely straightforward so far and falls in to many of the standard fantasy tropes. Many I do not care for. Others I actually like. Again, that will be a matter of taste. Had I enjoyed the rest of the book more, I would have probably ignored its trope-heavy nature.

    On the positive side, the world does feel vast and interesting, many of the secondary characters are enjoyable, and the writing itself is good enough. Since this is part of a chain of books, it is meant in many ways to be a prequel. My critiques of this book may likely be ironed out in the later installments as the overall popularity of this series would indicate. I may even try one more installment in the series as it was recommended to me by a few close friends. Additionally, Cameron Beierle is amazing! His voices are so unique that I forget it is all one man! And he has possibly the best male-playing-a-female voice I have heard so far

    In short... I don't know if I can recommend this at all until I have heard another book. It is as the title says: a long prologue full of names. Considering that I have to be sparring with my audiobook credits, is Pawn of Prophecy worth the gamble knowing that it is a minimum of a two book investment to get any actual story? Read the reviews of the further installments and come to your own conclusions. Happy listening!

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    Anonymous 10-04-17
    10-04-17
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    "Fantastic!"

    loved it to tears. one of my favorite stories of all time. I would recommend it to all my friends.

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    Michele Briere Arizona 09-19-17
    Michele Briere Arizona 09-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the series"

    Love the series, it's on my feel-good list for gray days. The narrator, however, sounds stupid with that ridiculous accent.

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    Rodney 08-31-17
    Rodney 08-31-17
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    "A fabulous story"

    David Edding has woven a fabulous story that is absolutely entertaining. A must for the personal library.

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    Anonymous 08-28-17
    08-28-17
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    "Great read"

    One of my favorite book series to listen to. Loved the narrator can't wait to finish series

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    Kyle C 08-26-17
    Kyle C 08-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this series"

    The guy doing the narration is sloppy with his accents but other than that does a pretty good job.

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    John Remington 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Narrator"

    The title is familiar to me, I've read it before. I found it worth reading again. Now listening to this narrator, the story has come alive in a new and unique way.

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    Anonymous 08-07-17
    08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An epic that rivals Tolkien's own works"

    Both written and narrated beautifully, the tale of Garion's first steps into the depths of sorcery and the unwinding of his past and soon to come future make up just a smiggit of the vast world David Eddings set out to create so long ago. Just as I was drawn in with Tolkien's works, I am drawn into Eddings works with the same imagination and wonder as I was as a child. Superb. 10/10

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  • Hevpais
    isle of man
    11/23/07
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    "couldn't agree more"

    This is one of my all time favourite books. Like reviewer one I will probably get them all because I like them so much and, after a whole book, am now slightly desensitised to the appalling reader, but oh, who on earth picked this reader, and where on earth did they dig him up? I found the pronunciation and (most of) the accents excruciating, but the one that really had me shouting at the story teller was his pronunciation of 'quay', not pronounced 'key' as is usual (I think) but 'qway', just as I do when I'm being silly. Really spoiled a fabulous story for me.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Thornton HeathUnited Kingdom
    11/2/07
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    "Great book murdered by the reader"

    Eddings has written fantastic books The Belgariad is an amazing series and followed by The Mallorian (not a complete series yet on audible) and the individual books Belgareth ... and Polgara.. (not yet available on the site). With such great writing how could anything go wrong but Oh my it has. Cameron Beierle chews his way through every place name and character (Pol pronounced Paaaul) (Adur pronounced Aldoor) (Senadria pronounced Send- er - ia) to the point that the listener is distracted from the rich story line and finely rough character development

    I love these books and will probably listen to them all but this guy works too hard even simple words in English sound like they are being delivered by a Russian ?migr? living 20 years in the deep south of the USA with Stephen Hawking

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • InvalidHexCode
    6/19/16
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    "Nooooooooooooooooo!"
    What disappointed you about Pawn of Prophecy?

    I could cry!
    I love this series, I've read all the books twice.
    How could you murder this by using such an awful narrator.
    Go away and record this again - please.
    Oh FFS l'll do it of you for free if that's what it takes - at least I can pronounce the names of the characters
    Dear god - what a travesty.
    I am so disappointed.
    What were you thinking!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the story and all of the characters - epic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Who the hell is this guy? What a travesty - where do I start!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Grief - what a lost opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE re-Record this using a 'normal' person to do the narration.
    It's not monty Python you know!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
    9/7/10
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    "Great Book - Disappointing Reader"

    I agree with Michael's comment totally. I love the book - read it to my kids and was looking forward to getting the set on my ipod -but, alas one volume was enough. I can live with the very intrusive overall vocal mannerisms of the reader but not with the total failure to keep the same voice for the same character. How come Durnik is mock cockney part of the time and Polish the rest - often in the same sentence! Any chance of a second reading? - I would do it myself for free!!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    5/31/16
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    "Old favourite"

    The story is great but the narrator is horrendous - unable to pronounce easy words!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    West Ealing, London, United Kingdom
    4/9/11
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    "Great book. Avoid this narrator like the plague!"

    I'm a huge Eddings fan and own every book the guy wrote, so I was really pleased to see his work finally available in audio format. My friend had Pawn of Prophecy and lent it to me, much to my excitement. Thought it would be great for my upcoming holiday so settled down for a good listen. Oh dear!!! Where oh where did they find this narrator? Probably in the unemployment line (at least that's where I hope he is now)!

    It's such a shame that some publishers don't seem to properly vet their narrators. This guy butchers his way through character and place names with a perverse pleasure it seems. His accents, characterisations and affectations are so jarring that it just killed the story for me.

    Take my advice and stick to reading these books yourself as this guy will just murder these books for you!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    3/18/17
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    "Great story, dreadful narrator"

    Read these books years ago
    It's a real shame they couldn't find someone who speaks English to read it.
    The narrator seems to only have a passing knowledge of words and how they are pronounced and his accents are so mangled as to make it a job in itself working out what the characters are saying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stacker
    Uk
    9/27/16
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    "Pick an accent......any accent!"
    What did you like best about Pawn of Prophecy? What did you like least?

    This is a great story. I feel in love with these books many years ago and despite having read them often, thought I would treat myself. I did read other reviews about the narrator, but thought how bad could it be?! Well, honestly? Bad. I would not have liked to have had this narration as my introduction to the books as it's quite hard work to listen to as the characters change their accent mid way through a sentence. For example, Silk at one point speaks with an upper class English drawl (which I think quite suits him!) before changing - mid speech - to an impression of a comedic Transylvania Dracula.....


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cameron Beierle?

    Anyone else! I'm not a huge fan of Stephen Fry, but his narration of the Harry Potter books is masterful. I also love Steven Briggs too as he is brilliant at the Terry Pratchett books and I think he would bring a greater depth to this book. Cameron Beierle has a vast number of accents available to him, but he uses them randomly for the same character which makes it quite hard to follow. If he stuck to one accent per character it would improve his narration immeasurably - and I haven't even mentioned the narrators habit of mispronouncing of words and names (Pol becomes Paul.....).


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    I'd be wary to watch this as a film as the current fashion seems to be for directors to use the fictional world and make up big parts of the stories themselves, which has ruined some films recently for me. It would have to be faithful to the book to tempt me!


    Any additional comments?

    Please get these books narrated by someone else, has anyone at Audible actually listened to them? It's not very fair selling a product which, quite frankly, is an amateurish attempt. It's a shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    BristolUnited Kingdom
    5/20/10
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    "My second favourite fantasy."

    I'm surprised to see so many reviews criticizing Cameron Beierle's reading of this story.

    Sure he mispronounces Quay and the way he says Riva & Ce'Nedra changes from line to line, but once you get past these endearing quirks, the reading itself is masterful.

    At no point are you ever in any doubt as to which character is speaking, his voices are that distinct. He reads at a measured pace, allowing the story to come alive, with out the sense that each scene is just a rush to the next.

    I'm now mid way through the second book of the sequel series, and at no point during seven consecutive books read by the same man, have I been bored of listening to him.

    And that's some feat.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/27/11
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    "Thrilling fantasy with dramatic reading..."

    Terrific fantasy story; spell-binding and woven throughout with intricate imagery... and well read by Cameron Beierle who has an amazing amount of accents at his disposal!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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