After reading the negative reviews for Brisingr because it was too long and drawn out, I hesitated spending 2 credits to listen to it. Glad I did. Anyone who has listened to Tom Clancy knows what long and drawn out can be, but Christopher Paolini for the most part kept my interest the whole time. Gerald Doyle is a superb narrator which helps too. Many have also criticized Paolini for the extent he covers the politics of the different races. While he could have abbreviated it a little, I found it interesting and necessary to understand why the characters behave the way they do.
I'm not a 'young adult' (except in my mind) and so not directly in the target audience for this series. And, it is most definitely directed at the younger reader - so don't expect to struggle with concepts, character motivations or figuring out who wins in the end. But, if you're looking for a light - very long- listen as for driving distances or quilting on a rainy Saturday afternoon, you can't go wrong.
Yes, definitely. I would listen to the entire series again - after I finish the last book anyway, lol. This may be meant as a young readers book, but even in my fifties I find it wonderful to enter Eragon's world, and Gerard Doyle brings it all to life for me, filling my mind with the beauty, and terror of living in this wonderful world Christopher Paolini has created. I especially love how he has brought all the varied species of his world together in a common cause. The Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Dragons, and even Ergls can co-exist when they have something they believe in to fight for.
Eragon of course, but not just because he's the hero of the story. He is human, he makes mistakes and learns from them. I've watched him grow and become the man he's meant to be. I've feared for him, cared for him, and been filled with a parents' pride as he makes the hard trip from boyhood to manhood.
He brings life to all the characters, giving each their own voice and personality. He makes them real for me. I would listen to anything he narrates, he could make the phone book sound interesting.
I love the story line & the narrator! They keep the same narrator all the way through which is major important to me as you get to recognize your characters ” voices”. I'm 38 & I absolutely love all 4 of these books. My son is 7 & he loves these books also! These Books are great for any age of reading ” listener”!
When Eragon makes & names his sword.
Well the different accents and voices bring the story alive in my mind vividly when I hear him tell the story. He does an amazing job! I haven't ever listened to audio books before but I'm def. Hooked!
Brisinger is just as much fun to listen to as the first two books were. It had me looking for excuses to listen and learn what the next adventure was for the dragon, the dragon rider, and all the characters that surround them in their dangerous world. I love the audio edition simply because it is so entertaining. Reading the printed version would not be the same.
I don't want to give away the adventure or spoil the listen for anyone. You will have to listen to this book yourself to determine your favorite part. Half the fun of listening to these wonderful stories is trying to figure out what will happen next.
Gerard Doyle is excellent in his portrayal of the various characters and of the Dragon. It was easy to determine which of the many characters were speaking simply with his voice.
This book helped me get through painting several acres of fencing, a job I put off for a year! The horrible painting project just flew by listening to this engaging story.
A Book Addict who found she could clean house and get her book fix with audio books.
The Inheritance Cycle is good fantasy. Eragon was by far the best book of the series. The rest get long and labored, but have great plot and a depth of a world that makes good epic fantasy.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
The story is a piece of art, covering many different points of view. It's great to see the story told by different characters.
The forging of the sword.
One of his best performances
When the dwarves banned Du Sveldenvarden
the funniest thing about the story is when they read for the dragon, what is suppose to be a women's voice actually sounds more like a silly monster voice you would use to scare a kid....
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
This book was Just as awesome as the first two. The Narrator Gerand Doyle is Amazing and flawless. My only disappointment is reading the reviews for the Fourth book OMG! All of them hint at the same Disappointment. I don't think I am going to buy the last book in this series. It pains me greatly to say that, but after reading several dozen reviews I think I would rather create my own ending instead of having to live with the disappointment everyone else has felt. Anywhoo, Good Book. :)
This story was well read and my children and I could listen to it together. It was a great family book. I highly recommend it for long car-rides with the kids. For us, we just listened to the entire Inheritance Cycle together after dinner. I knit and my 11 year old did a little homework (the simple stuff) and my 8 year old drew while we listened together. I found that at dinner we were eating quickly and excitedly talking about what would happen next. It was a fantastic family reading experience.