For young and old I would highly recommend The Inheritance Trilogy. The only downside is waiting for the 3rd and final book. As a 40ish adult I have cherished becoming immersed in this book and have enjoyed sprited discussions with my 10 yr old daughter about the characters and plot and future developments. Reading books like Eragon and the Harry Potter series can open a dialog with an otherwise sullen and withdrawn tween easily.
This writing truely captures a heart open to fantasy. Eldest, the 2nd book in the trilogy is even more well written and the climax leaves you yearning for more. Well worth reading over and over again!
We can expect great things from Christopher Paolini in the future.
Just a well rounded, simple, fun ride. The author was 17 at the time so it shows -- a little. Nonetheless, it's a great book to pass time behind the wheel. The narrator does a truly excellent job bringing the book to life.
I enjoyed this book. Although it does have similarities to other, more noteable, books; it still has enough individualism to make it enjoyable.
I'm a fan of Harry Potter who just discovered this series, and I'm glad to have something to fill the "void" until the final Potter book comes out.
Looking forward to continuing the saga with "Eldest."
Being a middle aged man who likes hard SF, detective and action stories I was pleasantly surprised to find myself liking this novel. Although the main character Eragon is a little hard to take as a whiny demanding adolescent the story develops slowly into a good coming of age yarn. Many similarities to Lord of the Rings and other sword and sorcery epics this one will stand on it's own as a great story.
I really enjoyed book 1 (this one) - narrator does an excellent job too. Good mix of story, intrigue, destiny, magic, dragons, etc.
I found this story engaging and was keen to get to book 2. Book 2 was good but not of the same level - kind the filler between book 1 and 3. book 3 is not available on this site yet, but i look forward to it as a conclusion to a great story.
The inevitable subject when reviewing this book is the age of Paolini when he wrote it. Let's get this elephant out of the room by saying it is an impressive feat, to say the least.
Moving on, Eragon is a solid read for any fan of fantasy. My complaints are that it is a bit predictable at points and it is very derivative of several classic fantasy authors. Yes, I know that borrowing ideas is tradition in good writing, but some of the references (e.g. place names and such) are such obvious homages that they proved distracting for me. The escapist fantasy bubble in which I like to read was burst. Also, there are a few sloppy chains of thought in the book that I was disappointed to encounter. I would love to give examples of these criticisms, but they include plot spoilers.
Lest you think this review is entirely too negative. I will point to the 4-star rating I set for Eragon, and simply say that I DID enjoy listening to the story quite a bit. I will likely pick up Eldest as well, also available on this site.
I would simply warn any hard core fantasy readers that this book has almost no chance of living up to the "hype." If you walk into this with expectations that it will be the best fantasy novel you ever read or will read, you will be disappointed.