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Pawn of Prophecy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Eddings

Narrated By: Cameron Beierle

Publisher: Books in Motion

Date: July 2003

Duration: 10 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

Ancient Gods, mighty kings & men in strange lands facing fated events all bound by a prophecy that must be fulfilled.

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  • Susan V.

    Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings is a classic in the epic fantasy realm. I read them as a kid but only recently have enjoyed the first in the series as an audiobook. Here is my review. While the premise to Pawn of Prophecy is pretty basic (ancient evil is awakening and a Chosen One may be our only salvation), I still enjoyed it. I read this series as a kid and only recently have discovered them as audiobooks. As an adult, I find that I have a more critical eye. However, I still found myself enjoying this book. Perhaps part of that is nostalgia but I think the characters hold up well even if the plot is pretty much boiler plate. I really enjoyed Silk for his wit. He pokes fun at other characters but also has quieter moments where he teaches Garion something useful or playful moments when he’s getting up to some mischief. Garion’s Aunt Pol (Polgara) is also a favorite. I love how she insists on keeping Garion clean, presentable, and well fed. She’s the care giver in the group but she’s also one of the sternest characters. She will suffer no foolishness on her watch! There’s this one scene that really stood out for me because Silk was poking fun at certain social norms. At a big meeting of the nations’s leaders, there are some women present. Some nations expect their ladies to stay pregnant and in the house while other nations have greater equality. Silk pokes fun at the former while praising the later. I couldn’t help but think that perhaps the author was making a little fun of earlier epic fantasy works where the ladies are relegated to minor roles of providing love, comfort, and babies. It’s scenes like this that rekindled my love for this series. Garion himself is an OK character though I expect I will once again fall in love with his character later in the series. Right now, he really is a bit of a pawn. People want to control him because he could be The One. Yep, the bad guys want him and the good guys in the know want to keep him safe. While that is all pretty standard for several epic fantasies, I still found my self holding my breath during fight scenes or when a bad guy was skulking around. All told, this was a story that stood the test of time and I’m glad that I have reacquainted myself with it. 4/5 stars The Narration: Cameron Beierle did an amazing job with his narration. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were believable. I especially love how he managed Silk’s role. Silk speaks multiple languages and likes to go about in disguise, including disguising his voice. I liked his grumpy Belgariad and stern Pol as well. All around, an excellent performance. 5/5 stars

  • Sally M.

    Love this series of books. I've read them three times in the past, the last time about 15 years ago. I'm loving listening to them on audio while I paint, do yard work, even when I'm at work! I love all the different accents and voices for the characters.

  • Gert R

    Read these in my youth. Many years ago now. Found the audiobook and gave it a go. Still excellent! Narator gives Garion an annoying voice but it does not change the well written story.

  • Anonymous

    This is my favorite series, read it 30 years ago.

  • Angharad R

    Loved listening to a book well read as a teenager in the 80's. Was very interesting hearing the names pronounced differently to what had been in my head for so many years. The narrator does an awesome job. Even though I own all The Belgariad and The Malleoran in book form, I want to listen to all the audio books.

  • Allen Fleming

    Incredible series. I read them all years ago and enjoying listening to the series again.

  • Muhammad Shafiq Ahmadin

    David Eddings novel is surely one of the best high fantasy author in the world. His story combine with the narative surely will get you hook in the intricacy of the of the world that you are in. Belgaraid is my favourite series of all time, the world seems real and relatable with facinating character and breathtaking plot. Enjoy