Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I love the Eragon series, they completely pull me in each time I read them (which is many.) This is the first time I tried the series on audio, and I was very impressed with the narrator. My only complaint is his voice for Saphira... it does NOT fit. I hate it. But, otherwise, he does an amazing job! I would still recommend it, besides my dislike for Saphira's voice.
I feel it important to warn potential listeners that the narrator's choice of voice for Saphira is truly terrifying: deep, gruff, masculine, and very jarring. My jaw dropped the first time I heard Saphira "speak". It was like the voice of Cookie Monster, if Cookie Master was a grumpy old seaman who'd been smoking a carton a day for decades.
Other voices were fairly well thought out, however. I especially enjoyed Murtagh's accent.
I really enjoyed listening to Eragon. The story was detailed and a little long in places but never boring, the detail felt necessary like they are setting up the rest of the books to come. You really get to know and sympathize with the characters and there is so much foreshadowing that I am excited to read the rest of the books to find out if my predictions were correct. I am glad I listened to the book instead of reading it. The narrator did a fantastic job and some of the words like the names for places and the magic words would have slowed me down reading but listening to it the story had a flow to it that was not interrupted by trying to figure out words. I felt like a little kid again total engrossed in listening to a story being read to me. I am looking forward to continuing with this series. I would classify this as young adult epic fantasy. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and those kinds of books you should try this series.
I saw some great reviews on this book, but I was disappointed by the main character. He seems to stumble through this book without catching even the most obvious clues. I'm just trying to get to the end.
This felt like a poor hodge-podge of Tolkien, Eddings, and McCaffrey works but without the tightly woven story lines they provided. The narration was exceptional and I'll look for other works read by Gerard Doyle.
WHO THE HECK DECIDED THAT A DRAGONS MENTAL VOICE SHOULD SOUND LIKE COOKIE MONSTER.... would be 3 stars but cookie monster is a -1
AMAZING BOOK, I REALLY DIDN'T THINK I WAS INTO DRAGONS BUT THIS BOOK IS ONE THAT IS SO EXCITING, IT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN
This is a very slow moving book. But the narrated part is bad. This man can not get the feeling of women across to you it sounds pain full. Will not be getting the rest of the books.
I liked portions of this book, but I felt like it ran out of steam near the end, like the author had run out of ideas (I might not have felt this way if I've never read Lord of the Rings or other somewhat similar books). The narration was decent, but not great. If the dragon is communicating telepathically, why does it need to be read with such a gravelly voice? Overall I enjoyed the book, and I thought it was fun, so I've given it 4 stars.