This is a standard Sci-Fi fantasy story. It has a tragic beginning, epic cross country escape, a damsel in distress and of course an obligatory big battle at the end. There are moments were the characters and story line are quite good and engaging. Unfortunately there are also moments where the hero is so blindingly stupid you want to shake him by the scruff of the neck. It's a good listen, but it is no Harry Potter.
I did catch myself a few times saying, "Come on Eragon, you should know what you must do," before he did them. Despite the story being predictable in these scenes, I enjoyed making the journey with Eragon. The descriptions of places and events were well done. The interplay of characters were also done well. The language was clean wtih no cursing or embarrassing scenes. I enjoyed the subtle humor and the characters' mannerisms.
The narrator did an awsume job reading the book and made the characters come alive. But, I wish the dragon's voice could have been a little higher pitched.
I highly recommend this book for the whole family. I purchased the second book (both volumes) in this trilogy before finishing the first.
This book's flaws are too many to count, but for me Eragon's hollow characters, hackneyed storyline, and forgettable settings were particularly disappointing. To me the listening experience felt like confinement to the shallow, lukewarm end of a pool. I am mystified by the glowing reviews; I assume the novelty of the author's youth explains this book's apparent success. Don't waste your book credits.
Although, I can't say that I've ever read a bad book. I guess I love them too much to say they were ever bad, I realy can't say this one was good. If you'ed like an exact depiction of this book, think of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings all rolled up in to a childrens book. So if you loved thoughs two books and can stand an unorignal off shoot this is the book for you. However if you feel you like to try new things don't bother.
For readers who do choose to buy this book I would like to make a note that it is a "to be continued" book. I realy wish authors would start advertiseing when they sell only half a book so I could buy both at the same time!
This book would be great for children who haven't heard the previously mentioned books.
On a further note the cover art is amazing!
I cannot believe that Christopher Paolini is only 19 yrs old. He may actually be my favorite author! I wish "Eldest" was available. What a great book!
I'm a 36 year-old long-time fan of Tolkien, and yet I don't mind the similarities or the somewhat cliche themes of elves and dragons. The story mixes all the classic tales of magic, an orphan (or rather, we don't know yet who the mother is, but just you wait for the second book, I'm sure we'll have a revelation about that at some point), somewhat "chosen" for a heroic fate with a dragon. A simple boy who battles forces well beyond his , and yet his innocence and integrity will help him along the way (including some truly unbelievable coincidences, but who cares?). The story is just what you want to hear, it's well told, has a nice theory of magic (if you'r willing to believe it) and you won't regret a, second of this audiobook. Never mind that it's not finished and we don't know if the second will be as good as the first (I'm somewhat anxious there...). Hopefully we won't be disappointed.