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Queen of Sorcery

Belgariad, Book 2
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Belgariad, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (576 ratings)

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Summary

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur, until he was defeated in a final battle. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster.

With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He had never believed in sorcery, wanting no part of it. Yet with every league they travel, the power is growing within him, forcing him into acts of wizardry that he can't accept. His fate is inextricably woven into the fabric of an unfolding prophecy for glory or doom.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Belgariad series, and its sequel, David Eddings' Malloreon series.
©2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated. (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated.

Critic reviews

"Absorbing. Touches all the right Fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fabulous! Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style. Exceedingly well portrayed." (Anne McCaffrey)

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Awful narration continues...

Would you consider the audio edition of Queen of Sorcery to be better than the print version?

The Audio version is not better than the print version but any stretch of the imagination.

How could the performance have been better?

I think when the narrator starts calling a main character a temporary building structure we have to wonder. Polgara becomes Pergola. PERGOLA?!! Dear me. And is Mandorallan Scottish or French? Is Barack Russian or Austrian? Is Durnik French?

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

Yes - often annoyance at the Narrator!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • London, United Kingdom
  • 11-06-15

Monty Python's Belgariad

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrator

What didn’t you like about Cameron Beierle’s performance?

Honestly, I thought he couldn't get any worse than in Book 1, but he manages it. I wish he'd go and listen to audiobooks narrated by people like Stephen Fry and Stephen Briggs, who show how it can be done (Stephen Fry especially brilliantly voicing a huge cast of characters in Harry Potter). They choose voices appropriate for the characters and use them consistently, keeping the narration lively. Or there are other narrators out there who can't do quite as much, but just use enough of a different 'voice' (higher pitch, lower pitch, hard, soft etc) to distinguish the various characters and leave it at that. While that might not add much, it at least does not get in the way.

I don't know why Mr Beierle felt that it was necessary to use a variety of European accents, particularly given that he can't do any of them. Durnik veers from a sort of cockney to West Country to Australian(!) to Eastern European. Mandorallen's accent is straight out of Monty Python, with Lelldorin also coming close to those comic heights, and others are very little better. Belgarath is the only one that is relatively successful.

The worst thing though (aside from his lack of education again showing in mispronunciation of certain words - 'quay' in book one was hilarious) is the lack of consistency. The narrator simply can't decide what pronunciations to use for places and people, so changes all the time, often within the course of a sentence. If a name is written as Ch, half the time he'll pronounce it with a hard 'K'. If it's written with a hard c or k, he'll pronounce it with the guttural "ch" sound. Or mix and match arbitrarily.

Where did they get this guy? I've managed to listen to half way through the 4th volume now, as I wanted to listen to the whole series (which is really one 'book') but have given up. I can't stand it any longer - don't even know how I managed to get this far. By this point, everyone seems to have come from Eastern Europe or a Monty Python skit.

Could you see Queen of Sorcery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, it would make an excellent film (were it not for the fact that Lord of the Rings, superior in every way, has already been done).

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The strange voice takes getting used to

The book is a 5 star the audio book only a 3 star and that is only because its a good story. I downloaded the first part to see if I could bare the strangness of the very intrestingly voiced narrator. Its not too bad after a while - its like your ears become 'normed' to strange americanised vowel elongations. I think having read this though I will be moving straight to polgara which all the reviews say is much much better and also has an advantage of being a synopsis of the entire series.

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Mandatory headline

One of the better read/edited books of this series, but still Mr Beierle needs to learn the purpose of punctuation and its importance when reading aloud.

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Always a fantastic story bit this narrator....wow.

I love the story and loved the books but I'm struggling to listen to this reading due to the awful narrator. Durnik is sometimes Cockney and sometimes Germanic, Mandorallen sounds like one of the Monty Python Knights of Ni and the pronunciation of names and places is so messed-up I'm genuinely confused. Somehow Polgara is now Polgerrar and Ce'Nedra is CheNedra, but Cherek is Kerek?

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Dreadful Narration

I've been reading Eddings since I was a young lad (that's quite some time) and have always enjoyed his fiction. I had always hoped that a performance of such superlative work would be deserving of this wonderful story. Sadly, Mr Beierle has made a mockery of that work with his stilted delivery, unintended comedy (Monty Python and Pink Panther accents for all!) and inconsistent pronunciation of names, often within the same sentence. I sincerely hope that one day Books in Motion will see fit to replace these dreadful performances with someone who can bring a great deal more skill to the narrative.

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Brilliant story, lousy narration!

I love all of the works of David Eddings and this is no exception. I just wish that the books could be read by someone who doesn't sound like they just swallowed a bag of wet cement.

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Fantastic!

Excellent book and thoroughly enjoyed it! The narrator was brilliant. Looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

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book amazing performance

The reader ruind a fantastic book with his slow voices difrent accents mostly French for most miss pronounced words you should get a better person to read these books and get your cash back for such a bad performance

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love this book

I really love this book (and the whole series) but sadly the narrator is not good at all