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After reading (listening) to The Belgariad and The Malloreon I thought I would download and listen to the prequels (addendums), Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. The two, five books series are all read by the same narrator so, the pronunciations and character voices are consistent and well done. Belgarath the Sorcerer is read by a different narrator, the pronunciations are all consistent, but obviously the character voices have to be different, and they were. This wasn't distracting and you became accustom to the new narrator quickly.
Polgara the Sorceress, however, has a poor narrator. She clearly has not listened to any of the previous books, or if she has, she ignored them completely! The pronunciations of: character names, place, and titles ignores all previous narrations. Her syntax is awful, it sounds like a female William Shatner is reading complete with weird and arbitrary pauses, and bizarre dramatic inflections. Her typical reading voice is pleasant, but some of the character voices are so irritating that it's distracting to the story. In addition to this, the audio editing of the reading isn't helping her; many of the stops and starts are very abrupt and are distracting.
This aside, the content of the story is good. It gives you another point of reference for Belgarath's history and reveals interesting things about Polgara and her motivations. I enjoyed the story and suffered the narrator.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
I think Steven hit the nail on the head with his description. The narrator was horrible. I guess she thought that it wasn't necessary to listen to the VOLUMES of books that had been read before this one so as to make things as consistent as possible. I don't know if I can adequately describe how grating on the nerves it is. For example she pronounces ctuchek's name (one of the disciples of Torak) as chew tik. Another one that is grating is Maloria (mah loria), which she reads as mal o ria. Okay, I know, I'm quibbling, but this had such an amateur narrator feel with Ms. Pearlman that I wish I could fire the person that chose to use her as the narrator. This reminds me of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.
Now, for David Eddings, he did a great job. I love hearing the story from a different point of view. It is definitely not the same story, unlike what another reviewer wrote. It has the same end, but both stories cover roughly 5000 to 8000 years and they each focus of different things in their histories with some common major events tying them together so that you have a point of reference from Belgarath's point of view.
Great story, would be nicer if they just deleted her recording of it and got somebody a little more qualified.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
I bought this audiobook with some trepidation - Polgara the Sorceress was (and still is) one of my favourite books growing up, I was therefore slightly concerned that it would have been mangled like many of the other sci fi/fantasy type books on here.
fear not! it's brilliantly read, once you get used to the American pronounciations (and over the 'I don't pronounce Ctuchik like that!' issues) and had me totally addicted very quickly, much like the book.
Now if only the guy reading Belgarath the Sorcerer was as good...!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I recently reviewed and rated the brother book to this one as extremely poor due to the narrator, indeed I gave up on after only a short period.
However this production was excellent. I think with the possible exception of Ce'Nedra, Dina Pearlman managed to pull off the characterisations brilliantly. Carmeron Beierle still sits atop the pile for me though.
I can strongly recomend this production to all Eddings fans. The story is a crisp as ever and Dina P. does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Really disappointed with the narration. I read all of the books many times over the years and wanted to have someone read them to me :) After listening to the Belgariad, The Mallorean and Belgarath, the difference in pronunciation from those 11 books to this one was toe curling. It should be a point of pride for the narrator to be concerned with continuity and the listener and to conduct some research (i.e. listen to one of the other books) before recording.
loved the story but i always have loved the Eddings novels. a bit disappointed that there wasn't some coordination between the producers of this one and Belgarath the Sorcerer in the matter of pronounciation.