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Polgara the Sorceress Audiobook

Polgara the Sorceress

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear - even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

Fantasy fan? Listen to titles in the Malloreon series, which is a sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.

©1996 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert Romeoville, IL, United States 10-16-12
    Robert Romeoville, IL, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Another horrible narration"

    As with Belgarath the Sorcerer, this book's narration was an abomination. My absolute favorite set of books, and listening to Cameron read the Belgariad and the Mallorean, I was absolutely astounded at the poor choice of narrators for these later two books. Once you got past Cameron's introduction (he has a funny way of saying spokane washington) he did great. These later two were awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Greeley Colorado 07-04-11
    Amanda Greeley Colorado 07-04-11 Member Since 2017

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic.I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan.I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Polgera is unforgettable"

    This is one of those stories that shouldn't be read without first reading David Eddings other books. I love Polgera and all the other characters from the Belgariad. I am glad to finally learn more about her she was such a mystery that needed solving. David and Leigh are a great team. Dina Pearlman is a perfect pick for the voice of Polgera.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Donaldson Kirkland, WA USA 10-18-12
    S. Donaldson Kirkland, WA USA 10-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Story keeps changing, and so do the names."
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dina Pearlman?

    Yes, the the basic story line is very interesting. However, in this book, Polgara is extremely self-centered and egotistical. It's much more than the banter shared between Polgara and Belgarath in the other stories. The character admits to the behavior in her auto-biography, but shows no remorse or regret for it.


    Has Polgara the Sorceress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the book is just a bad book for the genre


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They chose a female narrator since much of the book is in the first person voice of Polgara. However her pronunciation is off on many key words. Not only off of how I have pronounced them for years, but totally off from the narrator of the other novels. It sounds like a different world, with some words almost unrecognizeable. The emphasis is on the wrong syllable.

    If you are narrating a book in a series or a world, narrated by another narrator, you need to listen to a couple of the other books to understand the characters and pronunciation. Adding your own style is disruptive and distracting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Davenport, FL, United States 05-09-11
    Karen Davenport, FL, United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't see what the negativity is about"

    I have been reading the Belgariad/Mallorean series for almost 20 years, and after finding the audio versions, I was thrilled. I began with Belgarath the Sorcerer and thought it was rather well read. Some of his pronunciations ("Kenedra"? Really?) and voices (the female characters sounded odd, but what can you do?) had me cringing a bit, but overall I was quite pleased with what I heard.


    After "Belgarath, I moved on to "Polgara the Sorceress" and I was blown away. I do not know why so many people have taken issue with Ms Perlman's narration, since to me, she read the voice of Polgara as close to prefectly as it could be done. The tones, the emotions, it was just, well, Polly! I know it's been said that pronunciation was an issue, and I do agree that her choices on a few nouns like "Ctuchik" and "Vo Mimbre" did make my ears jangle, but when I heard the voice, I saw a lovely woman with lavender eyes and raven hair with one white lock speaking her story.


    I know some people also think the narrator's voice makes Polgara come across harshly. I did not hear her as high-handed or mean or snippy or anything like that. She was a 3000-something lady who had lived through the supposed abandonment of her mother and death of her sister, dealt with a reprobate father, ruled a duchy for centuries, had her first love die defending her home and spent over 1000 years protecting children who were not her own. She had a bit on her plate; a touch of attitude is allowed to come creeping into the narrative at times and I think Ms Perlman captures that wonderfully.

    All in all, "Polgara" is absolutely my favorite of the audio versions of the Belgariad universe. I tried listening to "Pawn of Prophecy" and couldn't bring myself to opt for book 2; the reader just couldn't bring me back to the wonder I'd had for so many years. But at the end of "Polgara, I just wanted to start listening again and immerse myself in the world that Eddings built.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew P Gaudet 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So disappointed with the Audio reading... why the change"

    I get that Polgara is from the view of a woman, but there were like 10 other books in this series and Cameron Beirlie read them all. When I listen to this it is like Polgara is this meek character. She is stern, she is more matter of fact. I get no feeling that anyone would do what she said to. All the voices sound the same. I miss the very arrogant sarcastic voice of Silk. The deep voice of Durnik.
    Just very disappointed. If I didn't pay so much and it being the last book I would shut it off and beg for a refund. If I were rich I'd call Cameron and beg him to read it just for me.
    Sorry if this is offensive to the woman who read this, but it was poor casting on the publishers part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 04-22-17
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 04-22-17 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Narration is fine, the story is insipid"

    Polgara lives three thousand years (or so) and I could only manage to make it through the first hundred before the urge to retch became irresistible and I had to pull the plug. What a pointless story!

    This could be a case study in the difference between showing and telling - always telling you and rarely showing you.

    A million weird names does not creativity make.

    I have no clue why this book or series is so highly rated.

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    Marie Rodrigues 04-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book, HORRIBLE Narrator"

    Including the books in the Belgariad series, Mallorian series, and the stand alone Belgarath the Sorcerer, this is the twelfth book in this series. David Eddings is my favorite author, and I LOVED the performances of the previous books, so I was very excited to hear Dina Pearlman perform Polgara. I was so disappointed! She changed the pronunciation of almost every name in the book in relation to the earlier narrations. I understand Thant some people may pronounce things differently, but some of her pronunciations don't even follow the spelling. She pronounces Ctuchik (proper pronunciation is Toochick) Chewtick?!?! There were eleven previous books and in all of them the names were pronounced properly. Maybe she should have listened to one of them first. Ruined the story for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown 04-02-17
    R. Brown 04-02-17
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    "Unlistenable. I finally gave up."

    I was on a binge, listening to all 12 books in a three week span. I really wanted to get through this book but guest appearances from 50's movie characters really make it difficult to enjoy. Things started off badly when I realized that the Wicked Witch of the West was playing Ce'Nedra. Peter Pan put in several appearances, playing the parts of many male characters. The worst was Joan Crawford playing Poledra with a voice of a board New York aristocrat. It sounded like she thought it was suuuuch a chooor to even taaaaalllk. I kept expecting her to finish a sentence with "daaarling".

    I started skipping Poledra parts, then finally gave up. Narration has to be really, really bad for me to give up. Especially after listening to the first 11 books. Sadly, I could not take it any more. Maybe I'll find it at a used book store and finish it the old fashioned way.

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    Amazon Customer 03-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully written companion book."

    I loved the Belgarion series and the sequel Belgarath. Polgara early life was told so that you finally get the whole picture. only issue with the narrator was she miss pronounced a few of the unique words, especially the country Malloreah. Mall-or-e-ah. not mall-ore-y. Glad to be able to listen to it again and again.

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    Troy Teske 01-30-17
    Troy Teske 01-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a bad performance on a great book."

    A few pronunciation differences aside, I thought the performance wasn't bad, and the quality of the material made up for it.

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    1/11/14
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    "story telling"
    If you could sum up Polgara the Sorceress in three words, what would they be?

    Pratical, wise and clever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Polgara the Sorceress?

    building the house and surrounding it with roses as a hide away


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

    Her father


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

    laugh


    Any additional comments?

    The story told of someone telling a story is very good and the bits of humor are great. You even try imaging you are at the places discribed well. good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Great story, inconsistent narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended. A great story especially if you have read the Belgariad and the other stories in this series.


    What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to, and why?

    Similar to Belgarath the Sorceror in that it wraps up neatly the history behind the cracking of the world and the events that transpired before Garion was born.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was poor and inconsistent in places. Often the same names would be pronounced in different ways which made it hard to listen to at times.


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

    There are several sad sections where Polgara loses close family which will make you feel very upset.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the poor reading of the book it is well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonny
    Coleraine, United Kingdom
    6/14/11
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    "Very poor version"

    The narrator Dina Pearlman has carried out little or no research prior to narrating this book.
    The voices don't suit the characters and the pronunciations are not how they are supposed to be as detailed by the Authors.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stella Woolhead
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    "No story"

    I think this is the most boring book I have ever read, I did well to listen to the end.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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