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Summary

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear - even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

©1996 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic book!

I bought this audiobook with some trepidation - Polgara the Sorceress was (and still is) one of my favourite books growing up, I was therefore slightly concerned that it would have been mangled like many of the other sci fi/fantasy type books on here.

fear not! it's brilliantly read, once you get used to the American pronounciations (and over the 'I don't pronounce Ctuchik like that!' issues) and had me totally addicted very quickly, much like the book.

Now if only the guy reading Belgarath the Sorcerer was as good...!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Much more like it

I recently reviewed and rated the brother book to this one as extremely poor due to the narrator, indeed I gave up on after only a short period.

However this production was excellent. I think with the possible exception of Ce'Nedra, Dina Pearlman managed to pull off the characterisations brilliantly. Carmeron Beierle still sits atop the pile for me though.

I can strongly recomend this production to all Eddings fans. The story is a crisp as ever and Dina P. does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • MR
  • 07-07-17

Learn English!!!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Great story terrible reading

What was one of the most memorable moments of Polgara the Sorceress?

The silly woman shouting where it's not called for

Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

No

Was Polgara the Sorceress worth the listening time?

Yes because it's a great story

Any additional comments?

Herb does have an H in it you damn uppity colonial!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Poor audio breaks between breaths in narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is the worst audiobook i've listened to, i can hear hear the audible breaks between narration, or audible clicks - just not as smooth and transparent as other books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Polgara the Sorceress?

Having to write a negative review of the narration.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dina Pearlman?

Cameron briele

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissappointment

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great story, awful narrator.

Terrible narrator. Pronunciation of words changes frequently and lots of mistakes are made Eg. "picked him up bloodily" instead of bodily. There are also some sentences that have been edited, sometimes the sentence ends where it's obvious that there were more words to follow and other times its obvious that two sentences have been tacked together, so the beginning has no relation to the end.
The narration had me thoroughly exasperated at times. I had just finished listening to Belgarath the Socerer and would have liked the proper nouns to have been pronounced the same way as these are meant to be accounts from a father and daughter.
Fantastic story from the point of view of Polgara, telling her story of the tasks she was given by the Necessity, how she accomplished them and her feelings.
Love the book and will definitely be avoiding anything narrated by Dina Pearlman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 13-12-13

Great story, inconsistent narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely recommended. A great story especially if you have read the Belgariad and the other stories in this series.

What other book might you compare Polgara the Sorceress to, and why?

Similar to Belgarath the Sorceror in that it wraps up neatly the history behind the cracking of the world and the events that transpired before Garion was born.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was poor and inconsistent in places. Often the same names would be pronounced in different ways which made it hard to listen to at times.

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

There are several sad sections where Polgara loses close family which will make you feel very upset.

Any additional comments?

If you can get past the poor reading of the book it is well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • tams
  • Staffordshire, United Kingdom
  • 08-09-13

Thrilling and exciting!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It keeps you on the edge of your seat. My freinds all know my love for this story and if I say its worth a read they normally will give it a go.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story was told, Dina was perfect in her guise as each character.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

Why that would have to be Polgara herself, Don't ya know!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Polgara lost Beldarren, it was heartbreaking, Then many years later when she fell in love with Ontrose, only to loose him at the fall of Vo Wacune, so very sad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good value for money listen

Just that - Have loved the story for years so knew I would enjoy the unabridged retelling. Lots of interesting listening, only a few quibbles with pronunciation and a lovely timbre to the narrators rather too american (for me) accent. Happy, happy, happy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Spoiled by terrible narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polgara ~ always a favourite of mine

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just awful ~ it grated on my nerves. I only managed 2 chapters and gave up. Ce'Nedra sounded like an old crone when she is a very young woman and that was just the start.

What character would you cut from Polgara the Sorceress?

Sorry to say I did not get far enough in the book to comment on this.

Any additional comments?

I did read the reviews which is why I tried this one and not Belgarath. Foolish mistake. Personally I did not particularly enjoy Cameron Beierle narrating the other two series by David Eddings BUT he was 100 times better than this narration. Sorry, not for me

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very poor version

The narrator Dina Pearlman has carried out little or no research prior to narrating this book.
The voices don't suit the characters and the pronunciations are not how they are supposed to be as detailed by the Authors.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve H.
  • 12-05-10

Horrible Narrator

I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.

Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven W.
  • 10-05-10

Good Story, Poor Narrator

After reading (listening) to The Belgariad and The Malloreon I thought I would download and listen to the prequels (addendums), Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. The two, five books series are all read by the same narrator so, the pronunciations and character voices are consistent and well done. Belgarath the Sorcerer is read by a different narrator, the pronunciations are all consistent, but obviously the character voices have to be different, and they were. This wasn't distracting and you became accustom to the new narrator quickly.

Polgara the Sorceress, however, has a poor narrator. She clearly has not listened to any of the previous books, or if she has, she ignored them completely! The pronunciations of: character names, place, and titles ignores all previous narrations. Her syntax is awful, it sounds like a female William Shatner is reading complete with weird and arbitrary pauses, and bizarre dramatic inflections. Her typical reading voice is pleasant, but some of the character voices are so irritating that it's distracting to the story. In addition to this, the audio editing of the reading isn't helping her; many of the stops and starts are very abrupt and are distracting.

This aside, the content of the story is good. It gives you another point of reference for Belgarath's history and reveals interesting things about Polgara and her motivations. I enjoyed the story and suffered the narrator.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Kat T
  • 05-01-11

Good story, HORRIBLE narrator

I loved the whole series when read by Cameron Bierle. He was the best narrator I had ever heard, so why on EARTH they switched to this woman is beyond me. I honestly haven't been able to do more then skip around in the book, because if I had to listen to her constantly I would go mad. Her voice for C'Nedra is so atrocious. She made a young dryad queen sound like a 90 year old hag. WHY??? I just don't understand. If it ain't broke, don't FIX it!! The book is good but I am going to read it on my kindle, because I just can't stand this narrator.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • tootermctooter
  • 06-11-17

Please re-record!

I really think the narrator should have listened to the previous audio books before delving in. The mispronunciation of the cities and names is horrible....and the accents! I LOVE these books, rather sad I wasted a credit on this one but glad to hear the book since I don’t have the time in this season to read it again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • D. King
  • 01-10-17

Narrator ruins the story.

I am a faithful long time fan of David Eddings' books, and Polgara the Sorceress is a great addition to the Belgariad and Mallorean series. I have all of those , and the narrator for those(Cameron Beierle) does a great job with those. This narrator Dina Pearlman , ruins it for me. She mispronounces many names and her inflections for the characters land wildly off base. What bothers me is that someone who has not read the book will get this and prejudge all of the other books based on this performance. Read the book and pass this audiobook by.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew P Gaudet
  • 11-05-17

So disappointed with the Audio reading... why the change

I get that Polgara is from the view of a woman, but there were like 10 other books in this series and Cameron Beirlie read them all. When I listen to this it is like Polgara is this meek character. She is stern, she is more matter of fact. I get no feeling that anyone would do what she said to. All the voices sound the same. I miss the very arrogant sarcastic voice of Silk. The deep voice of Durnik.
Just very disappointed. If I didn't pay so much and it being the last book I would shut it off and beg for a refund. If I were rich I'd call Cameron and beg him to read it just for me.
Sorry if this is offensive to the woman who read this, but it was poor casting on the publishers part.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie Rodrigues
  • 15-04-17

Great Book, HORRIBLE Narrator

Including the books in the Belgariad series, Mallorian series, and the stand alone Belgarath the Sorcerer, this is the twelfth book in this series. David Eddings is my favorite author, and I LOVED the performances of the previous books, so I was very excited to hear Dina Pearlman perform Polgara. I was so disappointed! She changed the pronunciation of almost every name in the book in relation to the earlier narrations. I understand Thant some people may pronounce things differently, but some of her pronunciations don't even follow the spelling. She pronounces Ctuchik (proper pronunciation is Toochick) Chewtick?!?! There were eleven previous books and in all of them the names were pronounced properly. Maybe she should have listened to one of them first. Ruined the story for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • catherine
  • 16-09-10

Narrator was a distration

The narrator pronounce many of the words differently than the reader of the other books. I found the book to be a real disappointment.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • 09-08-10

Painful Narration

Agreeing with what seems to be a consenses that Dina Perlman's pronunciation of most ALL of the cities and characters were WAY off. Drove me nuts! Book is great. I mean did she and or Audible not collaborate w/Cameron Beierle or J.P. Linton at all?! Come on Audible! Your the publisher "Audible Frontiers" of both Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, would've been nice of you to go to the "Books in Motion" publishers of the Belgariad and see if Cameron was free from any contract so YOU could use him too.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 27-04-10

The final tale

The final story in Edding's universe of the Belgariad. This tale is from Polgara's point of view and while there is some repetition, which is natural since "her" version is to correct her father's, it also contains multiple plot lines and stories that have not been mentioned before.

Narration is decent, unlike the Belgarath novel, making the flow of the story more enjoyable.

Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to the story of "Polly"'s life story!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful