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Queen of Sorcery

The Belgariad, Book 2
Written by: David Eddings
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Belgariad, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur, until he was defeated in a final battle. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster.

With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He had never believed in sorcery, wanting no part of it. Yet with every league they travel, the power is growing within him, forcing him into acts of wizardry that he can't accept. His fate is inextricably woven into the fabric of an unfolding prophecy for glory or doom.

©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.

What the critics say

"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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Bought for a replaced old file, still good!

Having the original version of this, it had corrupted in the middle so I took it up via the audible version and it comes out both clear and apt. The story itself is styled to be fairly easy to understand, and while less subtle then some contemporary stories promotes the fact to make a good tale it does not require three or for plot twists in an arc. While I have never liked bratty and thoughtless characters, C'nedra does not derail the story with her introduction despite her antics. I very much enjoyed Mandorallen and the time spent in Arendia, but felt that the overall estrangement the gods have with their personal worshippers seemed odd; especially as granting eternal life had to be given only through prophecy and not through say the god's whim as it seems to have occurred with two of the divinities otherwise, and as it is explored in the series other forms of life extension occurs naturally. Storytelling is masterly, and I wish I could find more books narrated by Cameron!

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easy listening

I liked this book. Fun characters and a good story made for a fun and easy listen.

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Love these series’s

I could listen to these books all day long theses were the stories I grew up on #Audible1

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Fantastic Fantasy

ok, let me get my one gripe out of the way... Cameron Beierle cant get his accents straight. that's it, its the only issue I have, hearing a character start out sounding russian, and ending the sentence vaguely Irish can be mildly distracting... mildly, but that is about it. it is the only thing that bothered me.

now... the good stuff.

Cameron Beierle does an excellent job of setting a powerful tone in this series, and David Eddings has written such an incredible example of the heroes journey that I can't believe this series in not MANDATORY reading for every high school or creative writing student.
the cast of characters are diverse and wholly unique unto themselves. There is no cookie cutter heroes in this book, the party of protagonists is made up of well defined and individual characters that practically drip with personality.
several times in this story I found my throat getting tight and my eyes threaten to water at heart wrenching moments. I also often broke out into a laugh at quippy banter between the characters.

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  • Snodster
  • 2015-03-08

Great way to spend a day doing chores.

Storyteller is great.. Read the books as a kid and needed company while doing chores around the house.. great way to spend several days being read to

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  • grik
  • 2007-09-02

Love the Story Not the Reader

This is a wonderful fantasy series and I hope they get the first book Pawn of Prophecy eventually. However unlike the other reviewer, I thought the reader was rather mediocre. The accents were inconsistant and frankly I didnt find them well done. They are mixture of Arnold Schwartzenhager..( and Boris Badenov with fake Scotts and French thrown in. They annoyed me throughout the entire story and usually I am not all that concerned about narration. On the good side Cameron Beierle's narration is clear. He would have done better however to just give the book a straight read.

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  • Me
  • 2015-05-10

awesome

it is an amazing story amazing performance just great I can't say enough about this great series.

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  • Alan
  • 2015-02-14

outstanding

one of my favorites to travel the roads with day or night never gets old

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  • Brian
  • 2012-12-11

Si-fiction writing

Where does Queen of Sorcery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is the 2nd of 5 books for this collection. There are a total of 10 for the storyline. It took my on a great adventure that I have not had any other author due.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Sorcery?

Gorion finding his true self.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

Garion

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

David and Leigh Eddings make the charaters come alive in all the books they have written.

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  • Peter Ronald
  • 2009-08-08

The characters come to life

This second installment in the Belgariad is just as enjoyable as the first. Cameron's reading is excellent and he manages to bring the characters to life. A lovely fantasy adventure, that incorporates the best of family values. The story of a boy on his way to manhood, and the people who guide him along the way. A good listen for juveniles as well

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  • Tessa
  • 2016-05-20

good plot and dialogue, irritating narrator

I've enjoyed the book and series on the whole but was quite annoyed with the narration. Aside from minor items (always saying "secession" when in context the word must have clearly been "succession", for example), the narrator had very little consistency in intonation or even in pronouncing characters' names. While I realize that there are rather a lot of people introduced over the course of the series, and many countries, a single character sometimes sounds Russian, Swedish, Irish, or American. Given the structure of the series, it would make sense for each country to have a designated accent and stick with that. But at a minimum, I would like consistent accent and intonation for individuals we spend a lot of time with!

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  • Juliana
  • 2016-03-17

Terrible narration

The narrator's male character voices usually sound pretentious and flamboyant. Garion's Voice they randomly picks up a English or Australian accent. Overall this narrator gets very very annoying the more you listen to him.

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  • Hostilia
  • 2015-11-25

I'll read the rest of the series.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, not really. I'm not too fond of the narrator. I'd recommend the story though.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is fun, classic fantasy. Reminds me a bit of knightly romances, with magic thrown in.

What three words best describe Cameron Beierle’s performance?

He tried.

Any additional comments?

Just as book one, this book is open-ended. You probably have to read the entire series to get to the solution of the adventure.

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  • Scott
  • 2015-08-29

Very disappointing performace; great story.

What made the experience of listening to Queen of Sorcery the most enjoyable?

I love the Belgariad. It's my favourite series. I've read them over and over again. Finally when I saw that they were available in audiobook, I was very excited.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is awful! I know that that is not the nicest thing to say, but there are a number of points that lead me to this conclusion. First, his accents for characters change more that performers at awards shows; there is no consistency. Second, and most frustrating, is that he cannot pronounce names the same way consistently. This extends to numerous times within paragraphs. While I realize that the trouble with books of this nature are that they may not pronounce names as we may have, he can't even remember how he's doing it. At last count, there are four different pronunciations of Ce'Nedra.

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