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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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    Amanda Greeley Colorado 07-04-11
    Amanda Greeley Colorado 07-04-11 Member Since 2017
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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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    tootermctooter 11-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Please re-record!"

    I really think the narrator should have listened to the previous audio books before delving in. The mispronunciation of the cities and names is horrible....and the accents! I LOVE these books, rather sad I wasted a credit on this one but glad to hear the book since I don’t have the time in this season to read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Patrin Santa Rosa, CA United States 10-20-17
    Justin Patrin Santa Rosa, CA United States 10-20-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent story but lackluster reading"

    After listening to Cameron Beierle’s reading of the Belgariad, Mallorean, and Belgarath I was surprised but hopeful to see a woman narrating this book. Unfortunately the reader’s pronunciations are almost all different than Cameron’s and seem to vary widely from sentence to sentence in places. The tone as well was somewhat exasperating but that could have just been due to Polgara’s waspishness. I still enjoyed the story, as I had when I read the book years ago, but I could only listen to this reading in small chunks due to the performance and I found finishing it to be somewhat of a slog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. King 10-01-17
    D. King 10-01-17
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    "Narrator ruins the story."

    I am a faithful long time fan of David Eddings' books, and Polgara the Sorceress is a great addition to the Belgariad and Mallorean series. I have all of those , and the narrator for those(Cameron Beierle) does a great job with those. This narrator Dina Pearlman , ruins it for me. She mispronounces many names and her inflections for the characters land wildly off base. What bothers me is that someone who has not read the book will get this and prejudge all of the other books based on this performance. Read the book and pass this audiobook by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeff 09-18-17
    jeff 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it but"

    I loved the book, but would have preferred you kept the same reader as the previous ones

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    Mark 08-07-17
    Mark 08-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book Terrible Reader"

    When a reader takes on reading a new book in a well established series, They should at least try to keep the exact pronunciation's as read the same way in the earlier books. This readers constant mis pronunciations of places etc TURNED ME OFF!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 05-24-17
    Jessica 05-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "dear lord"

    There were how many other books before this one? The narrator couldn't be bothered to listen to just 1 of then to hear how everything was pronounced?! I would have enjoyed the story much more if I wasn't telling at the narrator every time she butchered a place or name...

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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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  • Kirsty Lamont
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    "Great story, awful narrator."

    Terrible narrator. Pronunciation of words changes frequently and lots of mistakes are made Eg. "picked him up bloodily" instead of bodily. There are also some sentences that have been edited, sometimes the sentence ends where it's obvious that there were more words to follow and other times its obvious that two sentences have been tacked together, so the beginning has no relation to the end.
    The narration had me thoroughly exasperated at times. I had just finished listening to Belgarath the Socerer and would have liked the proper nouns to have been pronounced the same way as these are meant to be accounts from a father and daughter.
    Fantastic story from the point of view of Polgara, telling her story of the tasks she was given by the Necessity, how she accomplished them and her feelings.
    Love the book and will definitely be avoiding anything narrated by Dina Pearlman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty
    10/17/14
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    "Fantasic story, weak narration"
    What did you like most about Polgara the Sorceress?

    It's fantastic.
    I got increadibly attached to the characters in the Belgariad and Mallorean and it was lovely to get the full back story in Belgareth and Polgara. It really is as good as those books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    When Dina is narrating (rather than reading speech) her voice has that flat American tone I've found in many audiobooks. It's a soothing sound but makes it difficult to concerntrate.

    Some of her character voices are excellent and others are very grating. She makes Ce'Nedra sound like a senile old lady and Polga sound like a teenager! It was so irritating I found myself skipping through Ce'Nedra's parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    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
    Norfolk
    3/21/16
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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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