© and (P)2005 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.
I read both the Belgariad and Malloreon as a teenager. I still enjoy the story now, although some of the repetition between the two and the simplicity if some of Eddings' unidimensional characters grates a little. However, the main downside of these recordings is the narration. Cameron Beirle's voices detract from the story and while unlike some people I still find it listenable it is a shame that this is the only version. Can't help but wonder what a full cast version would be like.
Garion and his friends are captive, in the palace of Zakath, emporor of Maloria. They must escape, and fight the demon lord, terrorising the city of Karanda, and also intent on siezing prince Garan, to use him in a right, that would mean that the dark prophecy would reign supreme. More surprises and shocks are in store as Garion and his friends battle on, amidst the heartake of not knowing whether they will see the little prince again. An unforgetable read, as all of David Eddings' books are.
"Excellent story, fair narration"
The story is every bit as good as I remember it. The narrator has difficulty with pronunciation of many words, such as "horror", which has says as "hawrawuhr" The performance is inconsistent, though the accents do tend to follow the basic patterns set by Eddings as the analogues for the different races. All Sendarians tend to speak with exactly the same English accent, and the narrator's interpretation of Belgarath is a complete rip-off of Gandalf from the movie version of Lord Of The Rings. No matter how old Garion gets, he still talks like he did when he was a little boy.
I am still glad that this series came out in audio...it was always one of my favorites.
"good book, fair narator"
I love this book. It has been one of my favorites since I first discovered it as a teen. The naration is not the best. He reads slowly, almost painfully so for a well seasoned listener of audio books. the accent he gives the characters is quite different than I'd always imagined them as being. If you like Romance language accents, this is the naration for you. The Bottom line, don't buy this without listening to the sample. I don't regret the purchase, I've been begging for "Eddings" for a year now, but I wish they had produced a different audio version of this book.
"Couldn't put it down."
The story continues and Cameron Beirle once again delivers a wortwhile performance. Having been captured at the end of King of the Murgos by a band of Mallorean soldiers, Belgarion and his friends are now on their way to an unanticipated meeting with Zakath, te enigmatic and unpredictable emperor of Mallorea, who has spent the last decade embroiled in a bloody campaign that seems designed to utterly exterminate the Murgos. Though no ally of Zandramas, Zakath seems determined not to allow Belgarion and company to reach Mallorea, though he treats them always with the utmost courtesy. Even later, when he finally agrees to personally take them back to his capital, he refuses to allow them to continue their journey on their own. Meanwhile Zandramas is getting farther away with Prince Geran. Things become more serious when, in the midst of a crisis in which Grolim priests all over the empire seem bent on raising demons, a deadly plague suddenly breaks out in the imperial capital. Will Belgarion manage to escape from Mal Zeth in time to complete the next task on the road o the final meeting? Will his companions survive the plague?
"Great book but the story drags"
This has been one of my favorite series as a teen. Howerver, reading a book is different to hearing it. Descriptions and idle events take forever to hear. I sometimes feel frustrated at the slow pace of the story being read. Characters are lovable but the voices for them are nerve-racking. Some of the accents are just annoying and Garion's voice is the most annoying of them. It is so flat toned and even, you just imagine him as a very very boring person.
"The next best thing to reading the book yourself!"
Beierle is fun to listen to and does a good job bringing the text to life, mostly in keeping with what Eddings seemed to have had in mind.
Though I thought he missed the mark on some of the accents, he did well with them, regardless. He did more than just a dry reading of the book. His voice acting was quite good.
Beierle had his faults--he gets a little carried away with his accents (and I think he misses the mark significantly on a few), but his narrations are the best so far.
However, I seriously wish the narrators would put in the time to get the name pronunciations right. I really don't understand how they can mangle some of them so badly. Here's something "straight from the horse's mouth" I found after a 15 second Google search.
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