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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.
(P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated.

Critiques

"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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    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pete
  • 15/07/2012

My Favorite Favorite

What made the experience of listening to Pawn of Prophecy the most enjoyable?

If Audio Books were Quality Street Chocolates then this would be my favorite favorite. A book originally given to me a gift. I did not read it for several years because of the prologue. When I did give it a chance finally, could not put it down. When through the rest of the 10 books faster than I have read anything other than Lord of the rings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garion. every time he thinks " Why me?" I think been there, done that!. A character you can relate to, not only as a person, but in terms of the kind of experiences he goes through.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have to pick one? Not possible there are so many. Garion in trouble, the homeliness of Aunt Pols Kitchen. The agony of leaving his childhood home. There are just so many I enjoyed.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not merely a legend, a Myth in the making.

Any additional comments?

Hands down recommend the book and the series to any fantasy fan. Dont ask for a comparison, there is nothing quite like it out there. This ones unique!

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  • Robert Usher
  • 13/02/2017

Outstanding Book--reader could have done better

outstanding story with believable characters for a world of magic of Sorcerers and Magicians. If the reader was better at pouncing the names of the characters I would have enjoyed listening to the reading. I had already read the book and felt that Edgings made the story come alive starting right from the prologue by establishing the problems that even Gods have.

As the story unfolds you learn the names of the main characters and the beginnings of the challenges they will only begin to understand. Having read several of the books that continue the story beyond this first book I was always glad that I was able to have such dynamic characters grow until they were ready to fill the rolls they would be required to fulfilled. It was easy to believe how each of the characters grew to fulfill the roles fate and prophesy had required.

I will be getting more of the audio books to enjoy the continuing story that has just so beautifully began with this book.

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  • Michael S.
  • 14/10/2016

Horrible narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I absolutely love the series, but the narrator is just HORRIBLE..... accents wander for each of the characters and it is just agonizing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cameron Beierle?

James Marsters is amazing on the Dresden files, I am sure he would do well with this as well

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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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Kunde
  • 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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    2 out of 5 stars
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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!!!

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kai
  • 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.

  • Global
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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.