I loved this book!! Full of adventure and suspense, but I cringed when the narrator spoke for Saphira... but it didn't take away from the story at any point. If you liked the movie, the book is 20 times better!
I loved this book. I fell in love with young Eragon and enjoy being with him on his journey to manhood in the wild. He has a lot of obstacles and I sit and root him home.
I give the book four stars, despite being Star Wars. It's pretty clear that he used that movie as a blueprint once you think about it a little bit, but the book is really well written, so it's forgiveable. Don't let that aspect keep you from listening to this one - give it a chance, and you'll be intertained. LOTRs it's not, but if you're looking for an entertaining storyline, give this a listen
I was encouraged by several friends to pick up a copy of Eragon. I chose the audio version and was sorely disappointed.
My primary concerns are not with the book itself; it's a fairly good freshman effort from a rookie fantasy writer. My concerns stem from the audio narration. The accents used throughout the audio are irritating at best; inconsistant at worst. Even more troubling is that the "voice" used for the Dragon sounds like Sesame Street's Cookie Monster. I found myself distracted by the sound of the voice and frequently lost track of what the voice was saying.
It's a shame. I was looking forward to Paolini's second book in the series, but I don't think I can take any more of Gerard Doyle's narration.
This was a pretty inane book. The plot was mishmash of Tolkien, Star Wars and McCaffrey. As I listened to it, I would think, "Oh, that's Uncle Owen" and "Oh, that's Obi-Wan", and so on. Predictable, and mildly entertaining yarn.
Mr. Doyle's narration was the saving grace of this book. His complexity of voice characterizations kept my attention throughout the story.
This book left me wanting more; I kept wanting to sit in my car to listen to the rest of the chapter, and I only listen on my way to and from work.
It was paced rather nicely, and the narrator kept the voices the same throughout the telling of the story, which made it easy to pick up where I left off without too much confusion.
Eragon was a good, yet somewhat predictable, story that held my attention throughout the entire length of the recording.
This book is an enjoyable ride, made better by the reader's use of voices AND the many, many index points available in the book. I look forward to reading more in the saga, as well as reading other books from this young author.