This was a fantastic book. A bit too descriptive sometimes but for the most part a great book. I did watch the movie after I read this book and before I started the second book. Wow, the movie was pretty bad in general let alone comparison of this book. The only thing I would prefer is if they were not quite so long, they get longer and longer as the series goes on. Otherwise great books.
If you love books about dragons, elves and quests you will probably love this book. I liked it, but found it to be pretty much the "same old story" with no real surprises until you get to the (slightly cliff-hanger) ending. I am still undecided about whether I'll give the next book in the series a try or not, simply because this didn't leave me dying to hear what happens next like the books in "The Hollows" series do.
To be fair, I'm often luke warm about the first book in a series since it can take a while to really get into the characters and their world. The author has to introduce everyone so you may not get into the really interesting details and side characters initially. That said, I also just listened to the beginning of a series that I felt was much more interesting and stronger than this (Switched by Amanda Hocking) so I can't totally let this book off the hook.
Don't get me wrong, the book was good, just not as great as the other reviewers made it out to be. The narration was fabulous, but the story was just good in my opinion. I just found the plot to be "typical"....nothing really new or surprising. I've only read a few dragon books and even with that limited exposure I felt this plot was predictable and pretty much interchangeable with the others. There was no humor to speak of, which is something I really need in a book, though I know that's not important to everyone. I also really love quirky, interesting characters, which were in short supply here. To that end, I wish there had been more done with the fortune teller and the cat. To be honest, I think a series about them would be much more fun and interesting than this book.
On a positive note, if you are looking for a book that you could listen to with your kids, this might be a good choice.
Eragon was a great story delivered by an awesome narrator. This audiobook was NOTHING like the awful movie.
I like that this story was an incredibly detailed world, one that immediately dragged me in, causing me to burn through this book, and the rest in the series, often finding myself listening for several hours once I had gotten home.
Gerad Doyle took a kickass story, and made it even better, he provided a wonderful experience that wouldn't have been received had I read the book.
It wasn't a single moment, rather it was the steady building of the relationship between Eragon and Saphira.
Great book, totally unlike the debacle that was the movie. I wish they would actually turn this story into a movie, and far more closely follow the books.
companionship courage growth
Eragon, his willingness to go beyond himself, to learn and care, simply his humanity.
A very pleasant voice that allows your reading experience to be about you and the story, not his reaction to the events.
Read the book before listening to the audio version, Saphira's voice in the audio book threw me off completely. Not how i would expect a female dragon to sound needs to be reviewed! Book is very descriptive and good if you're into adventure.
I loved, loved, loved the narrator! He did an expemplary job of voice fluxuations, tempo, and character changes. I am very much a D&D fan and this is very close to the original Tanis books I'm used to. Very easy to get lost in the narration and wound up in the story! Definately a must "read"!
He was fantastic! 1 - I loved his English accent! It really lended that little something to the characters to really teleport you into the story. 2- He can narrate all the characters so well, there's no questioning who's talking when. 3 - his pace and tempo are spot on! you can really feel what the characters are feeling through him.
Well there was a film made about this book and I am sorely disappointed in the producers! It does not give this book it's due.
I look far and wide for books I can get lost in and THIS definately is one to "read"! I am also in the middle of the 3rd in the series and I can tell you that there is excellent continutity between books. If you get this, you'll definately be in the market for the others!!
For the first book of a young author, its a good story for all ages. Its easy to follow and an intriguing read. Doyle is interesting to listen to, although some of the voices I wasn't a fan of. Saphira is just a gravelly voice without any hint of femininity. Why is Mur'tagh Scottish? I realize each performer can choose a dialect, but this seemed an odd choice. It is easy to listen to, definitely, but the style given for those two characters seem to be a rather odd choice. And seem to detract from the overall story in my opinion.
Christopher Paolini has a great imagination and the underlying story that he has developed is really great. His problem (for one so young) is that his story is plagued with poor dialogue, and sections that are just extremely "elementary".
Rewrite the dialogue.
Great voice and brings the characters to life.
It has 3...
So many ideas ripped off from JRR that I found myself frowning everytime one popped up...but this did not derail the story for me. Tolkien's concepts worked in this story for me. Much better than some of the other LOTR rip offs...somewhat juvenile in the plot, but again...it worked for me. I liked the story, but don't plan to buy others in the series....so if you liked LOTR it is worth a shot, but prepare to be underwhelmed!
Yes, I was a fun story. It was a little long and sometimes the story drags, but the exciting parts make it worth listening to.
Maybe, but it wouldn't be my first pick.
It was a really long listen, but I would say yes.