Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten.
She soars above a world of warriors, kings, and priests. The daughter of Belgarath and the shape-shifter Poledra, she has fought wars, plotted palace coups, and worked her powerful magic for three thousand years. Now, Polgara looks back at her magnificent life, in this fitting crown jewel to the saga that is the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean cycles.
Her hair streaked white by her father's first touch, her mind guided by a mother she will not see again for centuries, Polgara begins life in her Uncle Beldin's tower, and in the prehistorical, magical Tree that stands in the middle of the Vale. There, she first learns the reaches of her powers. There she assumes the bird shapes that will serve her on her adventures. And there she starts on the path toward her destiny as Duchess of Erat, shepherdess of the cause of good, adversary of Torak the One-Eyed Dragon God, and guardian of the world's last, best hope: the heir to the Rivan throne.
Here is the legendary life story of a woman of wit, passion, and complex emotions, a woman born of two majestic parents who could not have been more unlike one another. Ordained to make peace and make war, to gain love and lose love, Polgara lives out her family's rich prophecy in the ceaseless struggle between the Light and the Dark.
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I love David Eddings, this is an amazing book. However, this narrative is terrible. Almost every pronuncification of the names and places are just wrong. It is so distracting to have to translate every name and place every time they are spoken to the correct form. Ms Perlman could have taken the time to listen to a few of the earlier audiobooks to get some bearing on correct pronucification. Her lack of vocal range leaves the male voices indistinguishable and muddled.
Good Story but...
I have read this a number of times and I love this story. But, the narration is horrible. The narrators voice for Ce'Nedra makes her sound like an old, whiny crone and there is very little difference between any other characters voices. Except for Poledra Who just sounds arrogant and bored. You would think that with 12 books that some of the narrators would use the same pronunciation of people and place names. How do you get Kam-i-on from Kamyion and the way she pronounces Mallorea sounds like an intestinal issue.
Let the Buyer Beware
I have all of the other audiobooks of Garion and his friends, but I have to say that this one is by far my least favorite. I have to agree with the other reveiws I have read, the narration for this book is terrible. She mispronounces names and places so badly that it is distracting. I don't understand why they could not have just continued to use the previous narrator. He gave all of the characters weight and emotion. When he spoke for Polgara, you could hear the regalness in her, the weight of the years and the burdon she chose to bear. This narrator either knows nothing of the previous stories or doesn't care. I understand that the story is told from Polgara's point of view so use a female narrator, but why try to fix what wasn't broken. So beware Belgariad fans, this is a poor narration of what is a great story. For this one, read the book yourself, and hear everything in the other narrators voice instead of this cheap imitation.