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Years ago, the Child-Goddess Aphrael had hidden Bhelliom, the Stone of Power, at the bottom of the sea. Yet now it is needed again to stop a malign force from spreading evil and destruction across the lands. Sparhawk, Queen's champion, sets out to retrieve the Stone. But others seek the gem for their own diabolical ends. Most fearsome of these are the Shining Ones, whose mere touch melts human flesh from bone. Now Sparhawk finds himself stalked by these creatures out of myth...whose touch is all too real.
©1994 Del Rey (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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A good continuation of the series.

Here is the bottom line. If you like David Eddings and the previous series you will like this audiobook. If you did not then you won't. Mr. Eddings work is a fairly polarizing point amongst readers. You usually either love him or hate him. I think this is a good read although it gets 3 stars because it bogs down in unnecessary details at points.
Some others did not like the narraration of the series but I am not one of them and found it enjoyable. There is nothing groundbreaking hrer, but it is a good solid comfort story.

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could have been much better

The book is great. The proformence was atrocious. And the musical interruptions are very erritating.

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David has magic

With the knowledge of what god is a threat to the tamuli empire Sparhawk and his friends have to go out and get the one item that can fight the strength of a god. at the same time the queen starts to help the emperor overthrow his own government.

David here goes back to writing with two points of interest again. sparhawks adventure recovering the blue rose and his queens point of view as she helps uncover who is a undermining the government and how to overthrow it. this is where he excels I think. unlike his other books in the belgariad series where it was one persons story in each part here they are happening at the same time keeping things more linier.

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A cast of thousands in one narrator

I thought Kevin Pariseau did a great job with the first book in this series. Imagine my surprise when he stepped up his narrating game for the second book. He has the knack for interpreting the emotional intent of written conversations. So happy with this listen. Can’t wait to hear the next book in the series.

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I thought it was a good story

good book but the narator should listen to the other book to keep constant pronunciation

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A classic fantasy for me

If you could sum up The Shining Ones in three words, what would they be?

Surprising Great Characters

What other book might you compare The Shining Ones to and why?

Malloreon

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, performance is great

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One of the best series I have read when I was young. David Eddings' books introduced me to fantasy and I have been hooked ever since. Although this is the middle book, there are a lot of surprises to be had here. It also shows how the characters like Aphrael, Sephrenia, and especially Elana have grown. Overall, a must buy for me :)

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Another great

Eddings is the master story teller! The characters are inviting and you get sucked in to the drama.

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Great story, but the narration is lack-luster

David Eddings is among the greats. I've read 6 of his books at least a dozen times each. I LOVE Sparhawk and I adore Kurik. This story fits well with the series as a whole. Solid pacing and not too much mushy bs bogging it down.

Perhaps I am overly biased against this narrator because I liked the one that did the Diamond Throne series so much better? He constantly miss-pronounces words, mixes the voices up between characters, and makes too many of the characters sound...wrong. I think Ulath is the worst of the bunch for that. Anywho, just my two cents.

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eddings

garion and sparhawk are old friends..edings is always good . listen to them all ...

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Great book overall and still one of my Favs.

Little disappointed they changed readers between the first part of the series and the 2nd part but still a good listen.

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  • Andy
  • 10-18-16

What a let down.

Would you try another book written by David Eddings or narrated by Kevin Pariseau?

David Eddings is a great author and I have loved his books and read them all. but the narration is awful, I cannot recomend this to anyone.

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  • Naboya
  • 08-23-17

Gets better.

I was sure when I first started listening to book one but it grew on me enough to move on directly to this book. It hasn't disappointed and I am eagerly waiting to download book three on completion of this review!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-21

Name pronounciation sounded a bit weird.

Mirtai was Mirtay, Danae was Denay. No real biggie but the reader likes his Ay.

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  • Ruthie
  • 01-16-19

Want to get lost in an adventure

The adventure just keeps going. Can't wait to start the next installment. Tedious jobs just melt away as you become immersed in each adventure.

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 02-13-18

Almost perfect

'Domes of Fire' redefined what a perfect book was to me and this follow up is close to it's perfection with one small hiccup; a small part of this book retcon's the first trilogy to tie it better with this trilogy,. The first brief element of this retcon was brilliant fixing my main complaint with 'The Sapphire Rose', however subsequent elements seem to be too perfectly moulded, not crafted but almost forced. It's such a small element in a book where the characters, setting, pacing and direction makes this a most read AFTER 'Domes of Fire'.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-18

A shining star in examples of prejudice

If at first you think it is straight forward and your let what you think you know rule... look again and see whether you are the one looking through the fog.

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  • mrsvee
  • 08-22-18

Too many mis-pronunciations.

The reader would have done better by the author if he read each chapter well before recording. Not only pronunciations but misplaced emphases ... surely the producer checked each chapter before it was finalised. A good story spoiled by poor reading.

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  • Annabelle
  • 05-28-16

decent

some strange choices in the recording but some good ones too. balances out nicely enough :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-21

Great Story - narrator distracts

Like I said for book 1 - I'm an Eddings fan. Read the books as they were released. Was excited to revisit via audio release. The story was as good as I remembered but the narrator and the music was all very disappointing in the extreme. The narrator mispronouncing the English language (and not being corrected by production staff) is ridiculous.

Have a listen but be prepared for these anomalies.