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Publisher's Summary

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.
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Critic Reviews

"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
By Michael on 07-27-09

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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59 of 61 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By So Fain on 11-30-09

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Hevpais on 11-23-07

couldn't agree more

This is one of my all time favourite books. Like reviewer one I will probably get them all because I like them so much and, after a whole book, am now slightly desensitised to the appalling reader, but oh, who on earth picked this reader, and where on earth did they dig him up? I found the pronunciation and (most of) the accents excruciating, but the one that really had me shouting at the story teller was his pronunciation of 'quay', not pronounced 'key' as is usual (I think) but 'qway', just as I do when I'm being silly. Really spoiled a fabulous story for me.

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31 of 31 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 11-02-07

Great book murdered by the reader

Eddings has written fantastic books The Belgariad is an amazing series and followed by The Mallorian (not a complete series yet on audible) and the individual books Belgareth ... and Polgara.. (not yet available on the site). With such great writing how could anything go wrong but Oh my it has. Cameron Beierle chews his way through every place name and character (Pol pronounced Paaaul) (Adur pronounced Aldoor) (Senadria pronounced Send- er - ia) to the point that the listener is distracted from the rich story line and finely rough character development

I love these books and will probably listen to them all but this guy works too hard even simple words in English sound like they are being delivered by a Russian ?migr? living 20 years in the deep south of the USA with Stephen Hawking

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43 of 44 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Byron on 02-01-15

awesome book

first book and series I read and have done a few times and will again. also love to hear someone else's rendition of the story and having heard Cameron Beierle read Terry Brooks, magic kingdom for sale series i knew this would be a great audio book

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By jess on 07-07-18

A fantastic story well told.

A masterful story read in a way that is riveting and easy to listen too, the characters come to life as the ready give each their own voice and paces the story to content within. well worth a listen.

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