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Magician's Gambit

The Belgariad, Book 3
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Belgariad, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be thousands of years old.

Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to teach him, brush back his tangled hair, and comfort him. But he is going to a strange tower in the center of all he believes evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician, and she can't be there to watch over him. She may never see him again!

Thus continues The Belgariad, an epic prophecy still unfolding.

Fantasy fan? Listen to more titles in the Belgariad series.
©2000 David Eddings (P)2003 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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Another Excellent Eddings Book

Seriously can't get enough of this series! Another book completed in just a couple of weeks. Downloading the next right now!!
Best moment? When Garion brings the foal to life 😁

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  • 22-10-2018

Excellent Fantasy Adventure and Narration

A Classic of the Genre excellently narrated by a master narrator at the top of his profession.

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Great Tale!

A wonderfully narrated story, with vivid characters and engaging adventures... Looking forward to the next one.

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das goot ya

i finished it in a day its that good. bring on book four I say.

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audio quality?

Was a terrific story but the first book in the series sounded quite clear and crisp, the rest however have dropped in quality and make it less pleasurable to listen

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Excellent narration

I love all the various accents for each character the narrator has devised, it certainly keeps me following this whole epic story although the story has been very drawn out.

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  • David
  • 09-10-2012

Adventures and Action for the Audio Mind

Would you consider the audio edition of Magician's Gambit to be better than the print version?

I've read, and re-read this excellent adventure series by David Eddings several times over the past 20 yrs., but just recently purchased it in audio form. I must say Cameron Beierle has a gift with bringing out the accents and attitudes of each character. It took me some time to warm up to his voice, because I had already established the personalities in my head, but once I opened up to his reading of the story, it all became new again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magician's Gambit?

When Ce'nedra found out she was going to marry Garion

What about Cameron Beierle’s performance did you like?

His voice is warm and full, and perfect for bringing a character to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Garion revisited Faldors farm.....that moment, among others brought me to tears.

Any additional comments?

If you like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, you will most definitely love this action/adventure series.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 02-06-2009

I liked it.

I stand by my statement in my review of Pawn of Prophecy. The best narrator for the Belgariad novels, for me at least, has always been and will always be Jon Beryl, who narrated the Talking Book versions. But Cameron Beirle does a better job of giving the characters personality. The problem he sometimes has is that sometimes multiple characters sound exactly the same. He also still often has difficulty pronouncing the same names the same consistently. But as I said before, this can perhaps be excused. Not only does he have to try to give voice to names that are difficult to read let alone say out loud, but I suspect that English wasn't his native language judging from his accent. That would make it harder on anyone. But he tries and he does a good job despite these difficulties. I've always wanted the Belgariad and Malloreon to be avaible in audiobook form commercially, but for years nobody seemed interested. Thanks to Books in Motion I got my wish.
As for this book, Cameron has some more new characters to deal with. He did a good job capturing the ancient sorrow of the god Mara and the evil of Ctuchik, as well as his fear and panic in the final moments of his cofrontation with Belgarath. He also does a good job on the emotionally conflicted Relg. I said before the Cameron was beginning to find his footing with Queen of Sorcery and he does seem to be improving with each book.

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  • Brenna
  • 06-08-2019

Magician's Gambit

The Prophecy continues

I cant even cover everything that happens in this book. So much happens in each book its hard to remember where one book begins and the other ends.

I do no Ce'Nedra is accepting her fate as a bride to Riva. She's coming to believe in the impossible.

Garion is coming into his power. Part of the gang separates for safety while others are still coming along.

I can not imagine the planning Belgareth and Polgara had to do to ensure the Prophesies would happen.


I love how the group seems crazy and yet it fits and works perfectly together.

I cant wait for the rest.

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  • War Wizard
  • 02-01-2015

My Will and My Word

Flawless story and storyline. love the characters and how they live and love. A true adventure.

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  • smokeyjunk@comcast.net
  • 09-02-2013

The next best thing to reading the books yourself.

What made the experience of listening to Magician's Gambit the most enjoyable?

Beierle gets a bit carried away with off-the-mark accents (still fun to listen to, though), and mis-pronounced names, but he probably has the widest range of voices of any narrator I've listened to so far. And he does a good job of voice acting, not just reading.

Any additional comments?

Beierle had his faults--he gets a little carried away with his accents (and I think he misses the mark significantly on a few), but his narrations are the best so far.

However, I seriously wish the narrators would put in the time to get the name pronunciations right. I really don't understand how they can mangle some of them so badly. Here's something "straight from the horse's mouth" I found after a 15 second Google search.

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  • Brian
  • 12-12-2012

Fabulously portrayed! Cameron Beierle is Genius!

If you could sum up Magician's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

Magical, Compelling, Envigorating

Who was your favorite character and why?

Prince "Silk" Keldar would have to be my favorite! The quick witted and slick-tongued little man never fails to surprise, impress, and humor me.

What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cameron Beierle is his own cast. The voice talents used throughout the series is never duplicated between characters, and always premeditated. It's as if Cameron is so engrossed into the story that he feels what each character feels and knows how to portray their tiredness by yawning and talking at teh same time, or their mysticism with a inquiring tone, and, of course, malicious humor, as perfectly portrayed by Silk. I must admit, that if he doesn't play the voice of Silk when ever a movie is made, I'll be sorely disappointed with almost any other portrayal of the sharp faced and sinical little prince.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Admittedly, I listened to it over the course of 4 sittings, because of minions running around the place, however, it was captivating enough that when I listened to it while dead tired and falling asleep, I stayed awake for a couple of more hours because of the compulsion to know what Beierle is gonna say next.

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  • David
  • 18-10-2007

Shurely Shome Mishtake?

I remember reading these books as a teenager and enjoying them; as I currently walk to and fro work, I thought they'd be ideal for a bit of commuting brain candy. The stories are still as much fun as I remember, although the constant repetition of each character's establishing traits can be a little trying - for example, try taking a drink every time someone says 'you're a bad man, Silk'. You'll be on the floor in no time...
Unintentional hilarity is provided by the narrator, who is obviously a perfectionist as he strives constantly to improve his characterisations, often in the middle of a sentence! So Silk is either from Eastern Europe, Chelsea, or even Turkey or Greece, depending on what the narrator's feeling like - often's he's all three in a sentence. This can be annoying, but at least not as bad as it was in Queen of Sorcery, the book preceding this one (...all the Knights sounded like John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Less cheese, please.

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  • Daniel
  • 22-03-2010

Another great listening experience

All the readings I have made my way through have been great so far.

My only issue w/ this book is the charecter Relg (sp?), the cave diviner. He plays an essential role, but he is by far one of the most annoying literary charecters I have come across.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-2019

keep going great story

keep going, great story I would recommend the rest of the series. I'm sad I finished it. amazing fantasy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2019

A work of art

Such a good story. Brings me back to my youth. Reading huddled under blankets or at the dinner table. Being chided by my mother to stop reading while I ate. David Eddings packs a huge tale in small packages. A story on par with wheel of time or Tolkien. Yet, so deceptively simple. Well worth a read. Though, when you add Camerian to the mix as narrator, you have a timeless epic. He is a true master of narration. Truly paints a picture in your mind. 10/10

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  • Catherine Caldwell
  • 04-05-2019

Great Book

The Narrator has got most of the caricatures with French accents then changes some of them to west county and back to French he puts no emotion into the voices he just drones on and growled some of the voices not good

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  • A. Woods
  • 03-05-2019

Fantastic story, bloody awful narrator!

This is one of the best sets of fantasy books I have ever read. Sadly the books are a little bit spoiled by the lousy performance of the narrator. I have only stuck with them because I love these books so much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-2017

Frustrating lack of consistency in narration

Re-read these books many times brilliant! Narration lets it down, narrator attempts individual character voices that become intermingled and confused.

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  • RedKyte
  • 14-09-2019

Engaging story told fantastically

Dipped in and out of this series initially but now can't get away from it.
Mr Edding's characters are just fantastic, existing in a deep, rich world.
Mr Beierle's voice, range and telling of this tale is utterly imersive.

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  • Stephen
  • 20-03-2019

well told

good range of voices and easy to get into. characters well represented a couple odd but nothing dreadful.

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  • Kimberly
  • 31-03-2017

So much Yes!

What have I said in my other reviews that would be new here? Not much for sure! I can safely say that this is one of my all time favourite book series and your life will be richer for reading it! X

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  • Barnybear
  • 18-03-2016

Fantastic, nothing else needs to be said

Eddings does it again, this man has a certain genius for writing totally immersive novels that carry you away to a world of believable fantasy.

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  • Mr. E. A. Shanks
  • 22-10-2015

Superbly written fantasy.

Loved listening to this brilliant audio book. Looking forward to listening to the next part.

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  • Janine
  • 18-09-2014

One of the best fantasies ever!

This is a fairly old series - I read them 20 years ago, so buying the audiobook was nostalgia and curiosity. I love this story as much now as I did all those years ago!

Quick synopsis: a young farm boy (Garian) grows up ignorant of his place in the world and is dragged along in the wake of a disparate group of people intent on a quest to rescue a magical item called The Orb.

Along the way, he discovers that his family is a good deal older than they appear and that he himself is not what he thought he was and that he is part of a prophecy that will decide the fate of the entire world. Watching him grow up and discover his power is exciting and endearing. Saying any more than that will spoil the story for you.

The narrator: Cameron Beierle irritated me no end when I started but I became used to him and eventually quite enjoyed him. What did irritate me, though, is that he doesn't maintain accents very well and in fact can't even pronounce names consistently. For example, there's a place called Riva. Mr Beierle pronounces Reeva, R-I-va, R-A-va, R-i-va. Decide on one, for heaven's sake! Then there's C'enedra, pronounced Chenedra, Senedra, Cenedra... This actually happens with most of the names. At first, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, ie that he took care to pronounce names with the accent of the person he's narrating, but it was too inconsistent for this to be the case.

In the scheme of things, these are not deal breakers and the story is so wonderful that it's worth tolerating it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2009

Magician's Gambit by David Eddings

Here, Garion and the imperial princess Xinedra are forced to part. She, to live for a time with strange people, and he, to go and face the evil magician, Tucheck, deciple of Torak. Will he survive? Will they ever meet again? ... David Eddings continues his thrilling saga about a farm boy who knows little of the finer ways of life, but who is battling through his teens and with truths he is not totally capable of accepting. Read this book if you want to continue on with Garion on his quest.