I bought this to listen to with my kids (ages 7 & 9), but I got hooked and finished it before they were half done. Now I'm on my second listen and am appreciating details and nuances that I missed the first time.
The story is a little too complex for my younger child. We have to stop and talk about the story for her to fully understand what's going on.
Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance Cycle" starts off with this excellent novel; I have very little to complain of concerning the actual writing of the book, except perhaps a certain stiffness to the wordingin its vocabulary, as if it had been written with a thesaurus close at hand. These technical issues, however, interfere only a little with the unfolding of what is really a brilliant tale. In this interpretation by Gerard Doyle, it maintains its power, and with a few very particular exceptions, is very well read. I enjoy the voices for nearly every character; Doyle is able to capture their personalities very well.
There are a few exceptions, however.
Remember how the new voice of Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies was one of the few elements that could really get annoying? That raspy voice works fairly well for brief parts - it's great for use with highly individual characters we only meet briefly - but in this reading, that voice is given to the dragon Saphira, as well as to the werecat Solembum. The voice makes them dramatically different from characters of the other races, to be sure, but in a way which does not suit them and which becomes grating on the ears after a while.
My only other problem with this recording comes at the very end. For those who haven't actually read this fine book, I won't say specifically what happens, but someone decided to put some music in over the voice of one of the characters and give it a lot of echo. I might not complain if this were a device used more often in the book - if, for example, the way of differentiating Saphira from everyone else were simply a small echo, it would work well. However, the presence of music, and the fact that this is not done for any other character anywhere in the book, makes the device quite jarring.
Issues with the production aside, I do think that the writing wins out over those few issues which do appear, so while I am not so much a fan of the way the book was read, Doyle does manage to carry Paolini's story fairly well.
In my opinion, this book, and series, is so much better than Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. If you listened to, and liked, any of those books, you will love this series. The story is great, the narration if perfect, and the imagery is clear.
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If you like story's about dragons and swords,this is the book. I thought this was a kids book,it's not. This series is great for all ages,it's good from start to finish. I've read the reviews the second book is better than the first,I don't know how you can pull it off but I will read it and let you know...If you have watched the movie and read this book this is how you know that most books are better than the movies.
Yes I would. The characters, the magic system and the interaction with dragons is some of the best creations I've come across in fantasy novels.
The other books in the Inheritance cycle because there is nothing really like this series out there.
When Eragon and Saphira begin to interact.
Get the entire series it's amazing.
I liked the character of Eragon with the dragon. Eragon seemed to be continually complaining and whining. A little too much for me.
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I love the characters and the storyline. I didn't care for how the narrator made the dragon sound and how whiny he made Eragon sound. I almost stopped listening, but my son has loved these books and begged me to stop listening and to just read the book myself. Since then, I am a fan... I love audiobooks, said to say I won't be purchasing the sequels.
I loved when Eragon realized that he was a dragon rider.
no... I'm sure he is great for a lot of books, but I didn't like the way he presented the dragon or Eragon.
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This was a fantastic book. A bit too descriptive sometimes but for the most part a great book. I did watch the movie after I read this book and before I started the second book. Wow, the movie was pretty bad in general let alone comparison of this book. The only thing I would prefer is if they were not quite so long, they get longer and longer as the series goes on. Otherwise great books.
If you love books about dragons, elves and quests you will probably love this book. I liked it, but found it to be pretty much the "same old story" with no real surprises until you get to the (slightly cliff-hanger) ending. I am still undecided about whether I'll give the next book in the series a try or not, simply because this didn't leave me dying to hear what happens next like the books in "The Hollows" series do.
To be fair, I'm often luke warm about the first book in a series since it can take a while to really get into the characters and their world. The author has to introduce everyone so you may not get into the really interesting details and side characters initially. That said, I also just listened to the beginning of a series that I felt was much more interesting and stronger than this (Switched by Amanda Hocking) so I can't totally let this book off the hook.
Don't get me wrong, the book was good, just not as great as the other reviewers made it out to be. The narration was fabulous, but the story was just good in my opinion. I just found the plot to be "typical"....nothing really new or surprising. I've only read a few dragon books and even with that limited exposure I felt this plot was predictable and pretty much interchangeable with the others. There was no humor to speak of, which is something I really need in a book, though I know that's not important to everyone. I also really love quirky, interesting characters, which were in short supply here. To that end, I wish there had been more done with the fortune teller and the cat. To be honest, I think a series about them would be much more fun and interesting than this book.
On a positive note, if you are looking for a book that you could listen to with your kids, this might be a good choice.
Eragon was a great story delivered by an awesome narrator. This audiobook was NOTHING like the awful movie.
I like that this story was an incredibly detailed world, one that immediately dragged me in, causing me to burn through this book, and the rest in the series, often finding myself listening for several hours once I had gotten home.
Gerad Doyle took a kickass story, and made it even better, he provided a wonderful experience that wouldn't have been received had I read the book.
It wasn't a single moment, rather it was the steady building of the relationship between Eragon and Saphira.
Great book, totally unlike the debacle that was the movie. I wish they would actually turn this story into a movie, and far more closely follow the books.