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"The flavorful interplay among Eddings's stubborn, resourceful characters keeps the narrative continually entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
"Eddings continues to provide solid fantasy entertainment featuring engaging characters and warm, wry humor." (Library Journal)
now Garion and his friends set out on their quest to rescue the infant prince Garan who has been kidnapped. Surprises are encounted and unexpected revilations as they pass through Niessa and go on to the country of the Murgos. They must destroy more evil and rid the world of a foul priestess, who is in league with the dark prophecy which wants to claim the world. Gripping as ever, the Malorean is a series that you couldn't put down.
"Please, don't say "horror" anymore..."
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" I find myself making fun of it aloud whenever he says that word. Funny, he has no trouble with the word "terror". 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.
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
I find myself amazed over and over again regarding the flexibility of the voice. Cameron Beierle does not disappoint!
The book is well read in my opinion as well as the story. The King of Murgos himself is a hoot. The book moved well compared to the first one and had some good plot points. The King of Murgos himself is probably my favorite character. I felt the narrator did a good job. I would recommend this book.
I first read the book "Belgerath the sorcerer" a few years a go and have loved the books ever since
"love these books"
love these books my job puts me on the road a lot and it's nice to listen to something other than music.
"King of the Murgod"
Eddings tells his LOTR type tale with humor and is still able to maintain a feeling of veracity and suspense in the tale.
"Story picks up pace."
The quest has purpose and direction now and we start to unravel the intrigue and prejudices in the world. There is attention to detail.
"The next best thing to reading it yourself."
Yes. It's a lot of fun. Beierle puts a lot of life into his voices and seems to catch most of the charm and humor that comes across in the book.
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.
Yes. This is one of my favorite series and I go back to it every few years.
When we learn something important about the background of the King of the Murgos.
His portrayal of Belgarath.
Too long for that.
"I couldn't put it down."
Having received their instructions t the end of the prior novel, Belgarion and his company continue their quest to rescue Prince Geran from Zandramas. Belgarion learns from UL, the father of the gods, that if Zandramas, the new Child of Dark, prevails in the final meeting, the god who will rise to fill the void left by the death of Torak will wield a power so absolute than none will be able to withstand him. Soon afterward the companions are joined by Liselle, a Drasnian spy who seems to have a special interest in Silk, and by Sadi, the disgraced cief Eunuch in the palace of Queen Salmissra of Nyissa. This latter addition to the group claims that he can see the party safely through the war-torn realm of Cthol Murgos to Mallorea, where Zandramas is believed to be headed. Salmissra herself revealsthat Zandramas is in fact a woman, a sorceress who is perhaps powerful enough to stand against Polgara herself. But of course, as Belgarion soon discovers, things rarely if ever go as planned, and only time will tell whether he will ever see his son again, much less whether he will be able to survive the obstacles doubtless placed in his path by Zandramas.
Once again Cameron Beirle does a fine job of bringing this tale to life. His deep, rich voice is well-suited to storytelling and hedefinitely deserves props for his efforts on names that are difficult to read much less say out loud. And the Malloreon features plenty of those. But he's become more or less consistent by now, both in his voices and his pronunciations, so it doesn't feel as awkward, to me at least, as Pawn of Prophecy did.
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