While some "young adult" fiction is just as enthralling one for mature readers (e.g. The Hunger Games series and The Golden Compass series), I found this book to err on the side of simplicity. The story was easy to listen to so I stayed on to the end, but there were many points where I found myself raising an eyebrow at the at the impulse actions of the main character and overly convenient plot points. I do think children and young teenagers would likely enjoy this book, but it may leave the more experienced reader wanting more substance.
The narrator was mostly fantastic, but I found the voice he chose for the dragon to be hilarious to the point of distraction. Sounds like he was doing a bad impression of Yoda... Not exactly what I'd expect a majestic dragon to sound like! I was giggling pretty much every time the dragon spoke.
In all, an average story read well (except the dragon).
Paolini's terrible narration. Specifically, his voices for the dragon and Eragon. I stopped listening.
I had suspicions about this series cause I have watched the movie many times and wasn't sure if I could get interested about the story again.. I was SO wrong! I you have not watched the movie I strongly suggest you don't. It was a completely different story and had all the facts wrong!This is why book 1 Eragon was very interesting and enjoyable. The story is great, the characters deep and well made. Excitement and emotion filled me the whole time. This story has a lot of violence and brutality, but also humor and kindness. These balance each other nicely and of course I liked it because it is not a children story.After book 1 I craved more and more. The story is well written and easy to follow. A great Fantasy tail to escape the reality.
Blood Destiny series by Helen Harper, Mageri series by Danika Dark, Sorcery Ascendant by Mitchell Hogan. Not completely in the same category but one finds him/her self with extraordinary powers and destiny. Then the story can begin......
Gerard Doyle did an excellent job! His voices suited well for this and even though in the beginning the dragon's voice was a bit annoying, It soon became likeable and I wouldn't change it for the world.
An epic adventure in big scale with magic, dragons, elfs, sorcerers and immense battles! If this is your thing I recommend the story of Eragon.