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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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Good Story, Poor Narrator

After reading (listening) to The Belgariad and The Malloreon I thought I would download and listen to the prequels (addendums), Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. The two, five books series are all read by the same narrator so, the pronunciations and character voices are consistent and well done. Belgarath the Sorcerer is read by a different narrator, the pronunciations are all consistent, but obviously the character voices have to be different, and they were. This wasn't distracting and you became accustom to the new narrator quickly.

Polgara the Sorceress, however, has a poor narrator. She clearly has not listened to any of the previous books, or if she has, she ignored them completely! The pronunciations of: character names, place, and titles ignores all previous narrations. Her syntax is awful, it sounds like a female William Shatner is reading complete with weird and arbitrary pauses, and bizarre dramatic inflections. Her typical reading voice is pleasant, but some of the character voices are so irritating that it's distracting to the story. In addition to this, the audio editing of the reading isn't helping her; many of the stops and starts are very abrupt and are distracting.

This aside, the content of the story is good. It gives you another point of reference for Belgarath's history and reveals interesting things about Polgara and her motivations. I enjoyed the story and suffered the narrator.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.

Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Good story, HORRIBLE narrator

I loved the whole series when read by Cameron Bierle. He was the best narrator I had ever heard, so why on EARTH they switched to this woman is beyond me. I honestly haven't been able to do more then skip around in the book, because if I had to listen to her constantly I would go mad. Her voice for C'Nedra is so atrocious. She made a young dryad queen sound like a 90 year old hag. WHY??? I just don't understand. If it ain't broke, don't FIX it!! The book is good but I am going to read it on my kindle, because I just can't stand this narrator.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Painful Narration

Agreeing with what seems to be a consenses that Dina Perlman's pronunciation of most ALL of the cities and characters were WAY off. Drove me nuts! Book is great. I mean did she and or Audible not collaborate w/Cameron Beierle or J.P. Linton at all?! Come on Audible! Your the publisher "Audible Frontiers" of both Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, would've been nice of you to go to the "Books in Motion" publishers of the Belgariad and see if Cameron was free from any contract so YOU could use him too.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Narrator was a distration

The narrator pronounce many of the words differently than the reader of the other books. I found the book to be a real disappointment.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The final tale

The final story in Edding's universe of the Belgariad. This tale is from Polgara's point of view and while there is some repetition, which is natural since "her" version is to correct her father's, it also contains multiple plot lines and stories that have not been mentioned before.

Narration is decent, unlike the Belgarath novel, making the flow of the story more enjoyable.

Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to the story of "Polly"'s life story!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • UmhlaliSouth Africa
  • 05-21-10

Polgara The Sorceress

The narration was well done, the book had the potential to be quite a boring audiobook because so much of is said by Polgara so I was peasantly suprised. The accents are good, took a bit of getting used to because I first listened to the Belgariad and Mallorean narrated by Cameron Bierle so I was used to those accents. My only complaint with this audio book is the pronunciation of some of the cities and countries. I think it would have main sense to keep the pronunciation the same as in the Belgariad and the Mallorean.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Sharonville, OH, USA
  • 05-28-10

Agree on the narrator

Dina Pearlman has a great voice and she works as Polgara, but as so many Steves have already pointed out, her pronunciations are maddening. MaloREEuh and CHEWtick put my teeth on edge. I downoaded the Conan stories and that narrator pronounced it SimmuhREEuh. Almost ruins it for me. And it's why I didn't get Belgarath the Sorcerer. I was hoping it would be Cameron Bierle on that and it wasn't and the guy's pronunciations were worse than Dina Pearlman's.

Other than that, though, if the pronunciation doesn't bother you, it's a great story with a narrator with a great voice and worth the listen.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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If you read Belgarath this one is a repeat

Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dina Pearlman?

From David and Leigh Eddings yes did not like Dina Pearlman as the voice

What do you think your next listen will be?

no idea

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the voice was not well suited to adapting multiple characters especially the male characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

I just felt like this book did not add enough to the story already told in the previous Belgarath book to make it worth even writing. This seams to me like they where out of ideas and just wanted to capitalize on the sells from these characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • karonald
  • 10-25-10

Fantastic book!

I bought this audiobook with some trepidation - Polgara the Sorceress was (and still is) one of my favourite books growing up, I was therefore slightly concerned that it would have been mangled like many of the other sci fi/fantasy type books on here.

fear not! it's brilliantly read, once you get used to the American pronounciations (and over the 'I don't pronounce Ctuchik like that!' issues) and had me totally addicted very quickly, much like the book.

Now if only the guy reading Belgarath the Sorcerer was as good...!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim Webber
  • 06-07-10

Much more like it

I recently reviewed and rated the brother book to this one as extremely poor due to the narrator, indeed I gave up on after only a short period.

However this production was excellent. I think with the possible exception of Ce'Nedra, Dina Pearlman managed to pull off the characterisations brilliantly. Carmeron Beierle still sits atop the pile for me though.

I can strongly recomend this production to all Eddings fans. The story is a crisp as ever and Dina P. does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • tams
  • 09-08-13

Thrilling and exciting!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It keeps you on the edge of your seat. My freinds all know my love for this story and if I say its worth a read they normally will give it a go.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story was told, Dina was perfect in her guise as each character.

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

Why that would have to be Polgara herself, Don't ya know!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Polgara lost Beldarren, it was heartbreaking, Then many years later when she fell in love with Ontrose, only to loose him at the fall of Vo Wacune, so very sad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara
  • 03-05-11

Good value for money listen

Just that - Have loved the story for years so knew I would enjoy the unabridged retelling. Lots of interesting listening, only a few quibbles with pronunciation and a lovely timbre to the narrators rather too american (for me) accent. Happy, happy, happy.

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  • MR
  • 07-07-17

Learn English!!!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Great story terrible reading

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

The silly woman shouting where it's not called for

Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

No

Was Polgara the Sorceress worth the listening time?

Yes because it's a great story

Any additional comments?

Herb does have an H in it you damn uppity colonial!

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  • Andre Pau
  • 05-26-17

Seems like a long time ago

Just as good as I remember .. thank you Mr & Mrs Eddings for your excellent stories ..all of them .. and now onto Stephen Donaldson

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  • 03-30-17

hear a book before reading ?

Being English and having read this book previously i had imagined all the main characters to have English accents so it sounded very strange to hear the story in an American accent....didnt seem to fit...but i suppose if i had heard the book before i read it i would have enjoyed it more possibly ?

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  • garysteel
  • 10-25-15

Poor audio breaks between breaths in narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is the worst audiobook i've listened to, i can hear hear the audible breaks between narration, or audible clicks - just not as smooth and transparent as other books.

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

Having to write a negative review of the narration.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

Cameron briele

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

Dissappointment

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  • Mrs S
  • 06-02-15

Spoiled by terrible narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polgara ~ always a favourite of mine

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just awful ~ it grated on my nerves. I only managed 2 chapters and gave up. Ce'Nedra sounded like an old crone when she is a very young woman and that was just the start.

What character would you cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

Sorry to say I did not get far enough in the book to comment on this.

Any additional comments?

I did read the reviews which is why I tried this one and not Belgarath. Foolish mistake. Personally I did not particularly enjoy Cameron Beierle narrating the other two series by David Eddings BUT he was 100 times better than this narration. Sorry, not for me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • 04-13-15

Well read, and one of my favourite stories.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would really recommend his audiobook to any friends who love David Eddings work :) Polgara the Sorceress just rounds the universe off beautifully and is well read.

What did you like best about this story?

I just adore finding out details about one of my all time favourite literary characters. polgara is a joy of writing and a wonderful character. She reminds me of my best friend and my grandmother all rolled together into one.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

She had a lovely voice and was very well spoken. I missed the voice acting of Cameron Bierley (who reads the Belgariad and Malloreon) but I felt that a woman reading was a nice touch. And Pearlman certainly had the right attitude for Polgara :)

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

I both laughed and cried several times, as I do whenever I read anything by Eddings.

Any additional comments?

One small problem for die hard hard fans is that Pearlman pronounces several of the city names and nation names wrong. It isn't too much of an issue, but it certainly annoys me.

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  • Alison James
  • 10-12-17

Narrators should do some research

Really disappointed with the narration. I read all of the books many times over the years and wanted to have someone read them to me :) After listening to the Belgariad, The Mallorean and Belgarath, the difference in pronunciation from those 11 books to this one was toe curling. It should be a point of pride for the narrator to be concerned with continuity and the listener and to conduct some research (i.e. listen to one of the other books) before recording.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-17

Eddings at their best.

loved the story but i always have loved the Eddings novels. a bit disappointed that there wasn't some coordination between the producers of this one and Belgarath the Sorcerer in the matter of pronounciation.

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  • karen
  • 05-24-17

long winded

the story was good. but became repetitive and drawn out in the middle. finished siddenly!!!

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  • Russell
  • 04-06-15

Loved this

This book met my expectations and the narrator really helps you delve into the story. Highly recommend to anyone! Bravo