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I am afraid although I love David Eddings and Belgarath this is a book that I will have to read myself. The narrator sounds more like a computerised voice. For me impossible to listen to.
The story continues from where we left off after the Belgariad, building on the picture of the main characters lives and sowing the seed for this next epic adventure. Enthralling story, engagingly read by Cameron Beierle, throughly enjoyable listening.
Garion is sure that the prophecy concerning him has been fulfilled, so when he is called upon to settle conflicts and fights, he feels agrieved, but takes his duties as king of Riva and overlord of the west, seriously. But troubles beset him as his young son is kidnapped as there is another powerful dark enemy on the loose ... David Eddings draws us once more into the world of his epic fantasy, creating thrilling scenarios and suspense-filled reads. Join Garion and his friends in their new quest to rescue the prince Garan and to combat yet more evil.
"A good beginning to the Second Half of the Story"
It's been a long time since I've read the Guardians of the West but I think I'd say yes to this. It's an easy read and it makes for an easy listen as well. Having the various characters' dialogue come alive is quite nice. The dialogue is probably the best part of Eddings' writing so it really works well as an audio experience.
Well let's be honest - The thing about David Eddings is that one book is pretty much like another. If you've read or listened to the Belgariad well then, here's more of the same. If you've read or listened to his Sparhawk books then here's more of the same - only more young adult than adult (not that that's a bad thing) and more side stuff going on (because the series is 5 books instead of 3).
There comes a point in a book like this where you realize - wow there are a huge number of characters in this book and the reader is doing all of them by himself. He also does a good job of defining accents for each of the various peoples of the world. It's not perfect - in particular the voices of Belgarion and Errand often sound the same to the point of confusion - but it's not a huge problem.
Eddings' fantasy series are, above all else, fun. This is his second seriers with these characters and could more rightly be considered book 6 of 10 instead of 1 of 5, though you could start here if you wanted to. On problem for some could be that at this point in the story some old characters you may love have to fade into the background and some new ones step forward to take their place. I personally miss some of the old characters who are relegated to bit parts, but the new characters Eddings gives us do tend to be far more interesting than what we had in the Belgariad and add a lot in diversity to the cast.
"Fantastic First Rate Fantasy"
Picked this one up on sale - big fan of all things fantasy from Tolkien to Patrick Rothfuss and I'm not sure how David Eddings slipped under my radar for so long. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel beginning to end. Also the first Cameron Beierle narrated audiobook I've listened too - impressive narration.
"Good but starts slow"
Good book. I felt the narration was good. The first half of the book was a bit slow but got pretty good as it ended. I understand this was the setup book. If you can make it past the first half you will enjoy the rest of this book and most certainly the series. I like how he puts accents on the different characters depending what country they were from. I would recommend this but give it a chance.
The story and the reading were both excellent. My only complaint is that the recording seemed to put a lot of emphasis on the higher pitched sounds (particularly when the reader read the letter 's'). The contrast was so great that I had to turn the volume up and the treble all the way down in my car not to have my ears hurt a bit by the end of my commute.
Listening to this narrator struggle with both the English language and accents is painful. REE-va, not RYE-va. Bel-GAR-ath, not BEL-ga-rath. Lelldorin is British, not French (when were the French ever associated with the longbow). I dread the next 4 books in the series....
"And the fun begings"
The story started slowly but I fell in love with all of the people who inhabit the pages. With each new book you learn more about everyone. By the end of the series you know everyone and they are like old friends. The print version lives happily on my bookshelf.
"slow start but worth it"
This was a slow starter, but the rest of the series makes it worth it, even though it is a long series, and probably could have been shortened by a book, it is a great series. The reader is a good story teller and brings the characters to life. In short, even though some sections get a bit tiresome, the whole is worth it.
what a great book. I love the narrator as well,. the belgaraid and the mallorean are gripping novels that can even bring a tear to your eye while you are cheering on belgarion and his companions.
"One of my all-time favorite stories"
I love David Eddings, and when his work is brought to life by Cameron Beierle, the result was breathtaking. A must listen for any Eddings fan.
"another series I wish will never end."
I have been reading and listening to Eddings novels for so many years now. If you enjoy well written and brilliantly narrated fantasy then dont miss this. But you MUST read the Belgariad series including Belgarath and Polgara first.
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