This book is nicely read. The reader did a great job with the character voices. The story is fun, but it completely rips off Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. If you've read widely in the sci-fi fantasy genre it may drive you a bit crazy how unoriginal the story is. There was nothing new or technically brilliant about it, but I sheepishly enjoyed it anyway.
Finally a book about dragons that involves realistic fantasy built around traditional characters, it is a great new world with a story that begs for understanding. You find yourself eagerly awaiting more information about young Eragon, and all the people that help him along the way have their own agendas who you yearn to hear.
The author however, has learned the art of timing... and I await the second!
My son and I listened to this on a trip during Spring break. He enjoyed it so much he?s listening to it again to see if he missed anything. Fabulous story!
I cannot wait for the next book. I check all the time to see if it has arrived. I have quite the commute to work and listen to a lot of books, this is by far the best one I have come across. I have listened to it at least three times from start to finish. I always seem to come back to this one when comparing others. Truely fantastic.
I loved Eragon and think it's wonderfully original. You are left with the feeling that you know these characters and want to know more. We are waiting for the second book.
When it comes to fantasy, magic and dreaming of the powers to do it all Eragon though more like a Lord of the Rings type of book, is right up there with the fantasy and popularity of Harry Potter...it is only a matter of time before it too has that popularity. It is an awesome book one that once you get involved with you won't want to put down!
This is a great story, a lot like Lord of the Rings, but unique at the same time. The language is so vivid. I can't believe how young the author is. This has also been my favorite narrator so far also. If you only listen to one audio book ever, make it Eragon. I can't wait for the next book!!
Those of you familiar with Middle Earth, Earthsea and Pern will find many things in this book that are familiar. Read "plagarised". What thoroughly surprised me while listening to the book was that when he tried, the author was quite convincingly original. I read later that he started the book at age 15. This explains a lot and gives me hope that as he matures Paolini will grow confident enough to lose the borrowing and depend upon his own creativity. Overall a very good first book, especially for a teenager.
This book clearly is waiting for a sequel. The build up is good but the story suddenly ends with far too many loose ends.
My 8 year old liked the story though.
I also feel that this book simply borrows many elements from existing stories...as if the author researched the genre and then regurgitated. For a first effort by a young writer, it's still pretty good but there are better stories out there.