• Guardians of the West

  • The Malloreon, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,170 ratings)

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Guardians of the West

By: David Eddings
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
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Publisher's Summary

Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.
Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Malloreon series, which is the sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.
©1987 David Eddings (P)2004 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.

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Fantastic First Rate Fantasy

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Picked this one up on sale - big fan of all things fantasy from Tolkien to Patrick Rothfuss and I'm not sure how David Eddings slipped under my radar for so long. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel beginning to end. Also the first Cameron Beierle narrated audiobook I've listened too - impressive narration.

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Equalize Please

The story and the reading were both excellent. My only complaint is that the recording seemed to put a lot of emphasis on the higher pitched sounds (particularly when the reader read the letter 's'). The contrast was so great that I had to turn the volume up and the treble all the way down in my car not to have my ears hurt a bit by the end of my commute.

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Great story, narration is odd.

I love this series, as well as the one before it. The only issue that I have with the audio book is that the narrator gives all the characters accents, and in many cases the accent doesn't match the character.

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slow start but worth it

This was a slow starter, but the rest of the series makes it worth it, even though it is a long series, and probably could have been shortened by a book, it is a great series. The reader is a good story teller and brings the characters to life. In short, even though some sections get a bit tiresome, the whole is worth it.

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Excellent story, mediocre narration

The story is every bit as good as I remember it. The narrator has difficulty with pronunciation of many words, such as "horror", which has says as "hawrawuhr" The performance is inconsistent, though the accents do tend to follow the basic patterns set by Eddings as the analogues for the different races. All Sendarians tend to speak with exactly the same English accent, and the narrator's interpretation of Belgarath is a complete rip-off of Gandalf from the movie version of Lord Of The Rings. No matter how old Garion gets, he still talks like he did when he was a little boy.

I am still glad that this series came out in audio...it was always one of my favorites.

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Always love this series.

My favorite series with Cameron reading doing the voices. Any other narrator is just annoying.

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C'mon now...

Listening to this narrator struggle with both the English language and accents is painful. REE-va, not RYE-va. Bel-GAR-ath, not BEL-ga-rath. Lelldorin is British, not French (when were the French ever associated with the longbow). I dread the next 4 books in the series....

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And the fun begings

What did you love best about Guardians of the West?

The story started slowly but I fell in love with all of the people who inhabit the pages. With each new book you learn more about everyone. By the end of the series you know everyone and they are like old friends. The print version lives happily on my bookshelf.

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Good but starts slow

Good book. I felt the narration was good. The first half of the book was a bit slow but got pretty good as it ended. I understand this was the setup book. If you can make it past the first half you will enjoy the rest of this book and most certainly the series. I like how he puts accents on the different characters depending what country they were from. I would recommend this but give it a chance.

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Cameron Beierle great Narration

The story is great and the narrator is fantastic, doing voices and accents perfectly.

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  • Mark Harrison
  • 07-12-16

Good story

Great story if you can get past the sometimes Pythonesque or chim chimeney accents by the narrator.

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  • Mrs L A Pickles
  • 01-11-16

Unlistenable

I am afraid although I love David Eddings and Belgarath this is a book that I will have to read myself. The narrator sounds more like a computerised voice. For me impossible to listen to.

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  • Angela
  • 04-08-17

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I have listened to this story many times as I use it to help me fall asleep. It is well read and remains enjoyable - whether sleeping or awake. I still often play it again during the day just to follow the story a bit more.

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 04-05-15

Awful recording.

Somebody sack Cameron Beierle! The man has no clue about intonation, pacing or punctuation. This dreadful recording spoiled the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-09

Guardians Of The West by David Eddings

Garion is sure that the prophecy concerning him has been fulfilled, so when he is called upon to settle conflicts and fights, he feels agrieved, but takes his duties as king of Riva and overlord of the west, seriously. But troubles beset him as his young son is kidnapped as there is another powerful dark enemy on the loose ... David Eddings draws us once more into the world of his epic fantasy, creating thrilling scenarios and suspense-filled reads. Join Garion and his friends in their new quest to rescue the prince Garan and to combat yet more evil.

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  • James wood
  • 05-26-17

Great

Really love the story and i originally read the book but haven't picked it up since having the audiobook a must buy

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  • Capt.
  • 05-18-17

Cameron tries his best, but he has had better...

material. Very slow start. Especially in the vale. Two good battles. Annoying female characters. Great to catch up with old favourites like Silk like he's never gone..

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 09-12-15

A well paced fantasy mystery

An excellent well placed story that unlike some of the Belgariad always feels like it's going somewhere and never stalling.

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  • Ruthie
  • 05-29-15

wow.

An absolutely gripping first book of this new series. loved every minute. can't wait to start th next one

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant continuation of the saga....

The story continues from where we left off after the Belgariad, building on the picture of the main characters lives and sowing the seed for this next epic adventure. Enthralling story, engagingly read by Cameron Beierle, throughly enjoyable listening.

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  • Charni
  • 11-19-18

Bad pronouncing

The narrator keeps pronouncing quay as "kway" it's "KEY" not kway!!! It's very off putting.

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  • luke
  • 10-28-16

second time round and still on edge.

Good follow up to the last series, barely any repetition in the story's plot, and still thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Ben
  • 04-30-19

Little slow

Still loving these books, though have to admit this one was a little slow in parts, but still awesome 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-18

best books ever

David Edding books are my favorite books ever have read them for year but now that my eyes are so back glad to be able to listen to them and enjoy them again. love love them.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-28-22

Love it

Cameron Beierle gets his voices of the different characters mixed up every now and then. But the story is awesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

No more.

The Belgariad was ok, but this annoyingly cloying and petulant view of married life is about as far from grand fantasy as I can imagine and I don't intend to go any further with this childish series.

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  • Shaun P. Canavan
  • 10-10-21

Just pure escapism.. Cameron Beierle is incredible

Wonderful story with classic high fantasy magic, dragons, and prophecy! Brilliant! Cameron Beierle is the best narrator I have ever heard!

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  • mrsvee
  • 10-16-18

This reader must be quite uneducated.

The mispronunciations show clearly that his education is sadly lacking. He does not have the art of storytelling. His reading leaves so much to be desired and as for his pronunciations of the characters’ names .. he changes who and what they are. Sadly, to complete the series I have to endure him again. Audio producers, you are to blame for this as much as the poor talent you choose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-18

Enjoyed it

I enjoy the series. Pronunciation worries me at times saying "off of" is incorrect English.

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  • Cindy Mulder
  • 07-07-17

Fantastic

Very good book and the narrator is excellent. Very easy to listen to. All the different accents makes it very easy to follow the characters.