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  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • De : David Eddings
  • Lu par : Cameron Beierle
  • Durée : 10 h et 24 min
  • 4,8 out of 5 stars (13 notations)

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Pawn of Prophecy

De : David Eddings
Lu par : Cameron Beierle
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    Description

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved, but did not truly know.

    For yet a little while, his dreams of innocence remained safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while... thus begins The Belgariad, an epic fantasy of immense scope set against a history of 7,000 years. It tells of the struggles between ancient gods and mighty Kings, and of men in strange lands facing fated events, all bound by a prophecy that must be fulfilled.

    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.

    Commentaires

    "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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    Reader's accent is impossible to understand

    this book is clearly not for a non native English. the reader's accent is impossible to understand and the different voices tones render it even more difficult to understand

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    • Michael
    • 27/07/2009

    My literary "comfort food"

    First, I want to say that, reading others' reviews, it becomes clear how very subjective preferences in narration style and voice can be. Some people love Mr Beierle's interpretation; some really don't.

    Myself, I'm in the former category. These audiobooks (for I've listened to the whole series, now) do a remarkable job, for me, of bringing the stories to life in a new way, having read and reread them over the years. While it's true that his accents shift around a bit, and not all of his interpretations match what I had in my head, by and large I find his reading excellent, for one key reason: it sounds very much like these are stories Mr Beierle truly enjoys, and understands, and wants to share; and not just like something he's reading as a job.

    The stories themselves are layered. On one level, they are quite simple, but there's some complex ideas floating around at deeper layers. What I've always liked best about them is that they aren't black-and-white. The "good guys" all have flaws and occasionally do some unpleasant or unflattering things; the "bad guys" all have reasons for what they do that make perfect sense to them.

    These are not, perhaps, "classic" literature, but they're good reads, and as audiobooks, well read. The characters and their interactions are memorable and entertaining and occasionally insightful. Definitely worth your time!

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    • So Fain
    • 30/11/2009

    Loved This!

    Just got finished listening to the first book. I read the entire series twice when I was younger. After reading the reviews, I was worried that the narration was terrible... It wasn't. Do the accents get scrambled a few times? Yes. Does the narrator change pronunciations a time or two? Yes. Does this ruin the audiobook experience? Absolutely NOT. I enjoyed the reading and although it wasn't perfect, it was read by someone who cares about the content being read. I loved this and am continuing on with the audio series. Highly recommended for fantasy fans.

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    • Ronald
    • 10/03/2008

    Harsh Reviews

    I hesitated to download this title because of several fairly harsh reviews of the narrator (Cameron Beierle). I was concerned about not being able to lose myself in the telling of the story. Personally, I feel that people find it all too easy to be critical of things (overly critical in fact)... especially on the internet where they can be safe to say anything they want in their anonymity.

    Having said that, I am happy that I decided to go ahead and download this title in spite of the reviews here. I have always been a fan of this series and I am now a fan of its reading. The narrator does a nice job of lending unique voices to each character. Yes, there is some bleed-through when he switches between them on occasion, but never to the point that it interferes with the flow of the story. In particular I find his voice for the main character (the boy Garion) to be well done (sounding both young and innocent compared to the gruff and heavy accents of other characters). He even does a fair job of representing the main female (Polgara).

    Setting the narration aside I can definitely say that the story itself is one of the most enjoyable fantasy series I've read. Filled with characters you will hold in fond memory and a story filled with adventure that is told from the eyes of an innocent youth. Not so much the orcs, dragons and epic wars of many fantasy series, but somewhat more akin to the epic travels of the Wheel of Time series.

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    • M.Mussio
    • 23/06/2008

    Well Read

    I picked this particular book as my first Audible download as it is a story I have read and re-read several times when I was younger, and I was looking forward to having it "read to me" And I was not let down.

    I read the customer reviews several times before actually making the purchase and some left me very apprehensive and worried that I was making the wrong decision. Several people complained about the narrator and his delivery of the story. Of strange pauses or enunciation of words. Or the delivery of the characters voices.

    I am happy to report that I have enjoyed this book enormously, and am able to recommend this to other listeners. I do admit that from time to time pauses occur at strange times, or when switching characters there is some "bleed-through" of voices. We might want to keep in mind before making critics of Mr. Cameron Beierle that he is reading aloud a very long book. Pauses and a certain amount of leeway should be granted. I mean he is sitting in a room for x amount of hours a day reading and re-reading sections/chapters. I'm sure a few of the pauses can be pinned on the audio splice together too. However, this is an extremely good story teller, who I enjoyed listening too.

    I've gone ahead and purchased the rest of this series and plan to purchase the rest of Mr Edding's books that are here on Audible. And I have no worries or concerns about listening to Cameron Beierle, who I've found to enjoy his reading style and voice. Keep up the good work.

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    • D. McMillen
    • 10/06/2008

    Rip-roaring fantasy adventure

    I'm honestly baffled by all the hostility toward the narration of this series. The narrator uses accents to represent the different nations, and that's a bold choice, one that can be jarring at first --but after a while, I came to really appreciate it. The nations of the West are sort of like European countries in size and diversity, and on reflection it made a lot of sense that they would have varying accents: Sendarians sound vaguely British, Arends vaguely French, and so on. It's true that the accents do drift around a bit, he doesn't hit them spot-on every time, but I didn't find this at all a problem.

    The story itself is a classic, and sure to be enjoyed by young (and young-at-heart) adults, with strong, memorable characters and a story of grand adventure to carry them along.

    I'd recommend it strongly (and the other four books in the series)! Don't be scared off by the negative reviews of the narration without at least checking out the sample and seeing for yourself.

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    • John
    • 02/04/2008

    Superb. Strongly recommended.

    I was a dubious at first on whether to get this, due to the negative comments about the narrator, Cameron Beierle. Having just finished it I can't for the life of me understand why.

    His reading is clear, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the way his use of accents and intonation make it very easy to distinguish between the different characters in the story, bringing depth and colour to their lives. He's a joy to listen to.

    It's been about 20 years since I first read the book, and I'd forgotten just how much fun the Belgariad fantasy was first time round. Can't wait to download the next one.

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    • Natasha
    • 07/10/2007

    Just the way I love it!

    I read this book 15 years ago, and the whole seriers after that. Listining too this book is even better! The reader is very good, he has the male and female voices down, young and old. Without being told you know who is talking. The story is very good, if you never read these books, but love the "Wheel of Time" seriers or R.R. Martins books you will like these as well.

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    • Benjamin
    • 01/08/2016

    Entrancing Story, Weak Reader

    I read this book on paper when I was a kid. It is the book that made me a reader. I inhaled Eddings as a kid and a teenager. This book holds magic for me and is difficult for me to evaluate objectively since it was a formative event for me when I was young. I only have this one word: Spellbinding.

    Beierle has the potential to be an ok reader. He makes bold choices in voice characterizations which I normally appreciate, and if he makes some choices that are different from how I imagine characters, that is not his fault. But hang it all if he isn't overdoing all the in-book names. There is hardly a world-concept that he doesn't over-pronounce into inscrutability. He manages to over-enunciate and slur his speech all at the same time to make these words, which read pretty easily on paper, into incomprehensible verbal globules. Stop trying so damn hard!

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    • Tomoko
    • 21/06/2009

    Worth listening too even if a little old-fashioned

    I really enjoyed this book, and just completed the second title in the series as well. I very much recommend the series, but it is not for action junkies. At least not through the second book...

    For newcomers to Eddings work like me, compared to new fantasy titles, you'll notice that the violence is very much toned down. This isn't a bad thing, and actually made the battle scenes (when they occur) that much more tense and rivoting.

    I think of the series as a "good old read" for someone raised on the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance books. I also consider this a good series for young readers as well, as they look for ways to transition from Potter, to the wider, weirder, more adult versions of modern epic fantasy.

    Narration is also top notch, and I enjoy listening to how Cameron successfully keeps the multiple parties separate in his mind and on tape.


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    • Magpie
    • 12/04/2012

    You can't go home again.

    Listening to this book left me sad on a lot of levels. I *loved* this series in my teen years. I must have read it 10 times. What I didn't realize then was how sexist it is (much as the rest of the genre written in that era). Sure, one of the main characters is a strong woman, however most of the other women, when portrayed, are incredibly stereotypical.
    Most horrific was a passage I didn't at all register as a young reader: a drunken rape by a main character of his wife. And while the character registered he felt sorry for his act - there was still more of an emphasis on it's justification because his wife would not give him sex willingly. And for good reason in my opinion!
    I still love the story for what it is - but I found it almost impossible gloss over the telling now as I could when I was a kid. That disappointment was compounded infinitely by the narration.
    Beierle is flat out awful. Even if I could get past the issues I previously mentioned, there is no way I'd make it through even one more book of the series as currently narrated (and he narrates all of the Belgariad and Mallorean) The man cannot maintain an accent for more than a few words and forgets which accent he uses from character to character - often in the same conversation! I don't know which I liked less - his attempt at a Connery-esque brogue for Belgarath or the mouthful of rocks and phlegm for Barak.
    Place and people names are also inconsistent and often defy the laws of american english (or even english english) pronunciation. Admittedly, in fantasy books, we all hear our own pronunciations in our heads unless a book specifies them to be different. But the Belgariad does not (except Ce'nedra). It almost seems like Beierle made them up out of some sort of desire to make the story feel more fantastical, which is incredibly grating and not at all necessary.
    I only have one positive thing to say about this narrator: the presentation of Garion. One reviewer mentioned not appreciating Garion sounding so whiny. Garion *is* a whiny little boy til the 2nd or 3rd book.
    I'm sorry to pan this book so thoroughly - nothing would have given me greater pleasure than to say I had come home again in this audio edition.

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    • tobatt
    • 28/11/2017

    Great story - badly told

    The Story is amazing, I re-read the books again and again! However I do not like the Audio version at all! The speaker makes all adults sound drunk and all children retarded...
    Sorry, not my cup of tea at all!!!

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    • Johanna Huber
    • 01/04/2011

    Garion wird sofort lebendig

    sobald man reinh?rt, wer die Saga mag sollte es sich wirklich geben

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    • NacMacFeegle
    • 19/10/2010

    Erwartungen erfüllt

    Die ungekürzte Hörbuchfassung hält, was sie verspricht - Viele Stunden Hörspaß. Der Sprecher schafft es, den Charakteren Leben einzuhauchen und auch die zuweilen etwas mürrisch in ihren Bart gemurmelten Worte gut verständlich zu machen, ohne das Gemurmel zu schmälern. Für mich eine gelungene Vertonung, ich freue mich auf die nächsten Teile.

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    • SaartjieB
    • 12/12/2018

    Good start to an epic tale

    This was really easy to listen to, even though the slightly inconsistent accents of the narrator was distracting at times. The book lays the foundation of the story, and while it can be frustrating that the first book in these types of sagas is almost a lengthy introduction, it was still well done. with enough intrigue to leave you wanting more, and a good insight into the important characters.

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    • Kaiwalker
    • 18/09/2017

    Laaaangsaaaam und offensichtlich

    Prinzipiell nicht schlecht, angedeutete coming-to-age story über ein verstecktes Kind, welches sein Schicksal erfüllen muss.
    Schon von früh im Buch weiß man so ungefähr was passieren wird, wer wer ist und was wohl passieren muss. Das macht die Geschehnisse zäh und nach der Einführung der Charaktere wünscht man sich, dass Garion nicht zum drölften mal erzählt bekommt dass es jetzt noch nicht Zeit für die Enthüllung seiner Identität ist, die der Leser aber schon lange ahnt. Auch Magie kommt quasi noch gar nicht darin vor. Daher ein sehr zäher Einstieg in eine Geschichte die dann im 2. Buch hoffentlich in Fahrt kommt.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 21/10/2016

    Überragende Fantasy Reihe

    Mein Vater hatte düse Bücher schon als er jung war und ich habe sie in unserem Regal stehen sehen. Es ist außergewöhnlich gut geschrieben und für mich fraglos auf einer Stufe mit Der Herr der Ringe.
    Ich habe die Bücher mehr oder weniger gefressen.
    Als ich die Reihe dann auch bei Audible gefunden habe musste ich mir das Vergnügen auch auf englisch geben.

    Zum Schluss noch ein riesiges Kompliment an den Autor dieser unglaublich fesselnden Geschichte und auch den den genialen Vorleser.