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!
I literally counted down the days until this book came out. The first two had me on the edge of my seat for the 3rd. I have to say I finished this with much disappointment. Chapter after chapter of dwarf politics drug out this book an extra few hundred pages and even if that’s not exactly true it sure felt like it. I just felt like this book didn't follow the direction of excitement like the first two did. More than anything I am very frustrated that it will probably take another year or two for a forth book. Don't get me wrong Christopher is brilliant I just wish he would finish this story and write spin off books on the untold portions, sort of like Orson Scott Card.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to! Paolini does a great job at being descriptive. Also he does a excellent job at making you feel like you are reading/listening to someones life. Doyle does a very good job at narrating as well It is definitely worth the money or credits whichever way it may be!
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
Now this is a book that is just being drawn out WAY too long if you ask me. This particular title in the book I found almost irrelevant and listening to the final one in the series before writing this review basically confirms to me that the author was simply bidding for time or had no idea how to continue with the book. I truly think that this book in particular was the author's desire to either stall for time to think of what else to do with the book or simply milk it for all it's worth. My take on it.... It was a combination of both and this was absolutely positively no worth it....
The narration in this book which normally for me is pretty good but seeing that the story for me was just a whole bunch of useless fodder got downright annoying to me after a while. He did the best he could do considering of course, but irrespective of his wonderful inflections and great tone if the story itself is annoying you chances are some of that will seep over to the narration.
As for the story itself, normally I would say that this book sets up well for the final book in the series however there wasn't much added to this book for me to say "Yes! This was completely and utterly necessary", instead I kept hoping they would get on with the story. Yes there were some interesting battles and whatnot but hardly impressive or noteworthy enough in the grand scheme of things to think that it required a book for itself. I found myself, at the end of the book, feeling unfulfilled.
I am still trying to figure out how or why this book was as long as it was and (in my mind) so irrelevant. I can hardly remember most of the happenings in this book and were you to ask me to give you a play by play of this particular book I couldn't (which is just plain sad if you ask anyone who knows me).