I can't compare the two, I only have the audio version.
Eragon learning about his parents.
I've only heard Doyle's performances in the Eragon series, but I thought this book was his best performance ever!
All is fair in love and war.
I read physical copies of the first two books and I loved them. (Haters gunna hate...) Prior to a long solitary road trip, I thought I might download the third and continue the story while I was driving. After a few hours I couldn't take it anymore. Gerard Doyle was a fantastic narrator... until ANY of the dragon voices came in. If you have read the other books, you know that the dragons are an incredibly intelligent and advanced race, meeting or surpassing the human race in many ways. WHY then, do they (especially Saphira) sound like Yoda and Christian Bale's Batman got together and birthed some freakish spawn from hell?!? Gerard Doyle makes them sound like dumb animals who can barely put their thoughts together before trying to speak and vomit simultaneously. I would have been completely happy to finish the series via audiobook, but the dragon's voices completely ruined it for me. Guess I'll be picking up the last two and physically reading them anyways...
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
Had to stop listening about half-way through. Just got too tedious to continue. With a good editor, this could have been an amazing story.
Yes - I own hard copies of all of these novels and have read them all 2 times. I love this story so much. Paolini is one of a handful of authors who can create a believable fantasy world using standard archetype characters yet give the reader something new and fresh.
Doyle's characterization takes the story to the next level by bringing the characters to life through his narration. If you love a good story, great characters and adventure, this is (along with all the books in the series) a MUST read.
Too many things to share and don't want to offer spoilers to those who haven't listened to or read the books before.
Yes. I've listened to all four books in the Inheritance Cycle. He is true to the original telling of the first book. Many times narrators who are reading books in a series will forget how they crafted the voices of the characters which breaks the spell of the narration. Doyle consistently tells a beautiful tale.
Yes. I nearly did! It was no easy feat as the story is very long, but well worth it. I listened on my commute, and at home in lieu of television. It was totally worth it. I will probably listen again soon.
Listen to these books. They are fantastic! Now if they would only reboot this movie series!!
I am new to audio books, however I am enjoying the experience. Due to a learning disability I have not read much. Now I just want more.
I have seen the movie and now disappointed that the movie missed so much. The detail is much better in written form. I love the pace of the narration, it kept the story going and me engaged in the story.
The voice acting was wonderful. Gerard Doyle has a great pace with wonderful inflection. With his voice narrating the story, I found it much easier to mentally picture the story as it progressed.
I love science fiction and using one's imagination to go places
I would listen to this book again cause it has a great storyline and it is exciting and full of action
This book can be compared to no other book. This book is one of a kind.
When dragon makes his new sword
I read the first two books in this series, and as delightful an experience as that was, this is even better. Gerard Doyle expresses the characters so well! At first I found the voice of Saphira, the dragon, disconcerting, but I got used to it quickly. After all, how is a dragon supposed to sound?
I know it is heresy to say this is better than The Lord of the Rings, but I think it is. This world has women in it, for a start. Also, there is no "race" of creatures who are demonized as irredeemably sub-human. And I love the character Lady Nasuada, a young woman of colour who ably and courageously uses statecraft to lead the multi-racial rebel forces against the tyranny of Galbatorix.
My adult son added that he enjoys the detailed explanations of how magic works.
So, if you haven't read the first two books, start at the beginning with Eragon. You won't be disappointed. Gerard Doyle narrates the whole series.
Who we are:
- A white woman in my 50s who read The Lord of the Rings out loud to my sons when they were young. (Yes, all three books. No, I am not exaggerating or lying. I love literature and it was a special feeling to share this with them. Plus, one of them had difficulty reading.)
- A white male in his 20s who is a big Star Wars fan and loves gaming.
I would compare Brisingr (and the whole Inheritance series) to Wheel of Time. This story is just as epic and has a rounded cast of characters, with more than one storyline at a time.
It had been a while since I listened to book 2 so I was a little leary about trying to pick the story back up in book 3. I need not have worried! The story does a good job of refreshing the listeners memory about things that happened in previous books without completely retelling the story. I was able to get right back into the story and move forward with the characters. I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward the final segment.
Single father from California. My library is odd but I don't just buy books for myself a pre-teen daughter uses my account. gurneyape@yahoo
I have and I would. great listen
This book is very complete. sums up the story in a manner that makes you want for more but you step away statified.
great self reflection of finding ones true name
I've lost count of how many times I've read this series, I love the story-line. This the second time I've listened through it and definitely will not be the last! Gerard Doyle does a fantastic job reading it, I love his voice. Easy listen!