I am 37 years old and wasn't sure what this book was about. When I started listening I thought it was for young boys. Like Harry Potter this book is for all ages. I stayed in my car for hours to keep listening. It is an interesting story with many characters. I am hooked.
Ignore the few that said the authors age shows. It's a very well written book with an interesting plot and characters. It's no Tolkein but that's good if you ask me. Plus the author has a long life ahead to write many more. For those of you that like fantasy and lose yourself in a book, this is a great listen.
Being a fantasy book, I was wary of getting this title at first. I imagined the book would be full of strange and kind of nerdy dungeons and dragons metaphors that would be over my head. However, I needed a lengthy book to get me through a long drive. As soon as the story started, I was engrossed. The imagery and the intricate details were so vivid that whenever I had to leave my car, I couldn't wait to get back to driving so i could re-engage myself into the seamless storytelling. I forgot that I was listening to a fanstasy book, instead, I looked forward to telling my friends about what I was listening to so enthusiastically. The character of Eragon is not perfect. He has many flaws along with his heroicism. But it is his denseness,his selfishness, his vulnerability, that makes him more real and that much more appealing. As the story approached the end, I found myself pondering what the future holds for Eragon and his dragon. I am eagerly awaiting the second book. I guess I have reformed my ways and am a fantasy geek after all.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself disappointed that it was over. I felt that it was well written and the narrator does a great job with the subtleties of different character's voices. I'm looking forward to the next installment. One note of caution: I would not recommend this book for young children. This story has many violent war scenes with some graphic detail. Enjoy!
Are all the 5-star reviewers for this book on crack? Seriously, there is no objective way that anyone can claim that this is worthy of 5-stars. I can maybe see if some of the reviewers have never before been exposed to the concept of fiction, but if you've ever read a fantasy book before in your life, you will be DISAPPOINTED by this audiobook selection. If you enjoy plot or dialog, look elsewhere. I agree with others that one's money/book credits are much better spent on Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, or damn near anyone else than this audiobook.
I am definitely passing on the next one. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Shame on you , Listening Library!
What a wonderfuly crafted story. The use of language and characterization are fabulous. A good story!
While the basic story was good, I found the writing to be quite amateur. The pace was sporadic, the character development was rushed, and the writing seemed overly flowery at times.
It's been said before, but I'll mention it again. Eragon is a great book to help kids get into reading, but it does suffer from long-windedness and lack of originality. Still, it's worth getting.