This book is an absolute gem, a must-read for anyone who might enjoy the genre. It has everything, adventure, magic, romance, humor, suspense, surprise -- all of the elements that make this the kind of story you want to read over and over again. The narration is very good, except for one vital flaw. The interpretation of one of the lead characters, Saphira the dragon, is way off base, and it ruins the story. I thought I'd start this audio book from the end and work my way back since I've read the book many times, and thought this would be another way to enjoy it. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Read, read, read the book.
The first book was ok and the second bearable, but Brisingr felt like a ransom note cut out of generic fantasy books and glued together to continue the story.
This book plays well to those that love the details of dwarf and elf culture as much time is spent detailing the activities over a period of time with each. Somehow though, the pages ran out and the story didn't conclude. Disappointing given book 4 isn't out and Paolini released a different story instead.
Great flowing continuum. Not a lot of action, but nice to listen to while doing mundane except in sporadic moments, but I understand that. It is enough to keep my mind off gardening work--and more physical labors, and that is good enough for me. I will keep listening. Let's see how the next book takes my mind away from washing and waxing cars, etc.?
I had figured out all the revolutions in Elder about half way through the book so I wasn't expecting much from Brisingr. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was so good and am on pins and needles for the conclusion in the next book. Great listen or read!
This is a high fantasy epic of the likes of "Lord of the Rings" or "Sword of Truth," and follows the same mythical path that all such stories do, so if you don't like the genre, you probably won't be interested in this.
Supposedly the writer is a prodigy who wrote much of this by 19, and it shows. The writing is atrocious. Even my teenage daughter laughed at some of his cliches. Worse, he chooses completely inappropriate verbs and adjectives. Things "slip" when they would more likely "rip," for instance. It is really a distraction throughout, although sometimes completely without discernible pattern he does slip into a skilled narrative tone for a scene or two.
That's the negative. On the other hand, the writer's imagination and thorough creation of his universe is worth slogging through the prose. His world of dragons and warriors and thieves and magic and prophecy is vivid and imaginative, and at times does reach the level of Tolkein--though never in writing ability. His characters are surprisingly insightful at times, given the writer's age, although at times they are simplistic.
And the story--the journey--is well created. The world is revealed slowly, and with great skill, and mysterious seeds are planted early that take time to bloom. Characters are introduced and left to mature and reappear later. Minor incidents come back to have major impacts. This is where the author is far beyond his years--in the telling of the story. This is where the book becomes worthwhile, despite the prose and the derivative storyline.
So, overall, if you like high fantasy of the Tolkein variety, you'll like, and maybe even love this one. It is safe for the kids, mostly, and can keep a family entertained on a long drive. This is some of the best of the high fantasy genre. That's how I rated it. If you don't like that genre, you may not like this. Buy it for the story, not for the writing.
Brisingr is, so far as I can tell, the third installment in the Eragon..."saga?" The war still wages, the petty differences still raise their heads, etc etc. And, honestly, it is starting to feel like a children's fantasy soap opera more than anything else. And it so does drag...I am interested in what happens in the end and can't wait to get there...the journey isn't worth it so far. This book is much better than the second one, so there is hope, but it pales in comparison to the first one nonetheless.
This book went on and on an on with very little plot happening on the way. I felt as if the author was so enamored of his own world, he was taking us on more of a dull cultural tour than continuing an exciting adventure. It would also be helpful if someone took away the author's thesaurus. Why describe something once when you can do so over and over using new and different words each and every time!? Some serious editing could have helped immensely. When read aloud, it also becomes painfully apparent how just stilted and artificial the dialogue really is. Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and he did the best he could but even he couldn't save this boring, overblown and predictable sequel. I regret wasting my two credits on this!