• Guardians of the West

  • The Malloreon, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Series: Malloreon, Book 1
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-19-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books in Motion
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (1,894 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Xilon on 06-21-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Eric Koch on 06-27-12

Fantastic First Rate Fantasy

Any additional comments?

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 04-08-17

Sound

I have listened to this story many times as I use it to help me fall asleep. It is well read and remains enjoyable - whether sleeping or awake. I still often play it again during the day just to follow the story a bit more.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark Harrison on 07-12-16

Good story

Great story if you can get past the sometimes Pythonesque or chim chimeney accents by the narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By luke on 10-28-16

second time round and still on edge.

Good follow up to the last series, barely any repetition in the story's plot, and still thoroughly enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-29-18

best books ever

David Edding books are my favorite books ever have read them for year but now that my eyes are so back glad to be able to listen to them and enjoy them again. love love them.

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