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Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.
Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Malloreon series, which is the sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.
(P)2004 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.

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  • Jeff Xilon
  • 21/06/2012

A good beginning to the Second Half of the Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Guardians of the West to be better than the print version?

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.

What other book might you compare Guardians of the West to and why?

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).

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Robert Eric Koch
  • 27/06/2012

Fantastic First Rate Fantasy

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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.

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  • Global
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  • Vaughn
  • 12/02/2010

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.

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  • Anna
  • 29/02/2008

Equalize Please

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15/08/2012

And the fun begings

What did you love best about Guardians of the West?

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.

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  • Andrew Riopel
  • 09/12/2016

C'mon now...

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....

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  • wildmon
  • 01/07/2008

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.

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  • DaNell Janeen Rasmussen
  • 13/04/2018

PHENOMENAL!!

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

I love love LOVE Beierle's Belgarath! So gruff and old man-y, enjoyable! I feel like his voice acting really helped bring some of my favorite characters to life!

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  • Qwyattguy
  • 23/01/2018

Good performance. Slightly irritating plot. Poor characterizations.

Good performance as usual by Mr. Beierle. Found the plot to be slow, plodding, largely irrelevant. Characters were not developed any further than the last book of The Belgariad. Character reactions to events were wooden, lacked energy, and frequently unbelievable and untrue to previously established personalities. Still an ok listen, but found myself irritated and yelling out loud at the sometimes non-sensical, WTF writing.

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  • Joshua desmond
  • 28/11/2017

Awesome

awesome to hear my old friends speak to me again. I've loved these books since they helped me get through high school.

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  • Johanna Huber
  • 01/04/2011

empfehlenswerte Saga

Alle Bücher aus dieser Saga von Eddings sind wunderbar gesprochen, die Figuren wurden wirklich zum Leben erweckt. Die Sprache ist gut verständlich und die Stimme sehr angenehm.

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  • Max
  • 23/02/2014

Stopped at about 3.5 hours in.

It's a pity, really. The book had promise. A grand opening, magic, evil lords...
But in the end, at about 3 hours in, nothing helped me get over the sinking feeling that this was just one more story of "Farmboy goes out to slay evil lord". After having read Eli Monpress, Locke Lamorra and of course the godly Name of the Wind, the writing pales in comparison. The world, while obviously well thought-out, is just too tolkien-like. It isn't as interesting as George R.R. Martins Westeros or the world in which Sanderson sets his Stormlight Archive or Mistborn series. You've got your standard goblin-like antagonists, an evil ruler that is obviously not quite dead, a few gods that meddled with their creation, a valley full of Mages in Towers (Towers! For gods sake! Not even interesting ones, just standard reflections of personality) and a protagonist that grows up between the mightiest magicians in the world. The poor guy can't help but become a destined hero.
Normally I'd kept listening, just to see if the book can provide me with some interesting turns, but then there was the narrator.
He wasn't bad per se, but his jutting style left sentences hanging out to dry ever so often, keeping you wondering if that thought he had was quite finished yet. It didn't help that there were too many fantastical names of places to count in the first chapter of the book, and Beierle's reading style somehow made them sound all the same.

If you are a fan of "innocent youth saves the standard fantasy world" books, give it a shot. If you prefer some spicing up to the traditional formula, get the Name of the Wind, The Lies of Locke Lamorra, The Way of Kings (!), The Final Empire, The first Law or A game of Thrones. If you loved these, stay away from this one.

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