This is a fine children?s book, but not fleshed out well enough for adults. Many of the events and characters seem but a shadow of those in Tolkien, e.g. Braum=Gandalf; Eragon=young version of Aaragorn. The elves, too, are like those in Tolkien- mysterious and graceful, they live in the forest and are archers. A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin is twice the book this one is.
Both my 16 year old son and I listened to this book. We both felt that we couldn't wait until we had another opportunity to get back to it. The language of the book was rich with action and description. We will be waiting for the sequel.
Could not turn it off.... Great book. When does book 2 come out
Don't let the negative comments from testy readers put you off. The pleasures of this first work far outweigh any crticism. Sure there is a little of a lot of other fantasy stories here, but Paolini tells the tale with such enthusiasm and power only the most jaded readers could fail to be charmed. And I found Gerard Doyle's reading one of the strongest I have ever heard. Like Jim Dale in his masterful reading of the Harry Potter books, Dolyle manages to create convincing voices for characters that makes them come into lively focus as distinct individuals. The variations of British dialects is a rich addition to the story. I can't wait to see the further adventures of Eragon and Saphira; and I hope Doyle will continue to be the narrator.
This book kept my interest and imagination going. I found that I could not wait until the next time a would be in the car driving so I could listen to more of the book. I was slightly disappointed when the story ended. I wanted to continue with the story. It's fabulous.