The pace of this book is excruciatingly slow. Despite being a 20+ hour listen, virtually nothing happens; the story is barely advanced from the end of the second book.
What you get here are a serious of disjointed and largely uninteresting stories.
If listening in great detail about how a charcter removes their hair-band and then replaces it is your thing, then this book is for you! Others will be left wondering why the editor didn’t trim this book by half.
Two credits for half a book, and not a very good book at that.
As a fan of the series, I expected a bit more action, a bit more information and not so much detail. This one could definitely be abridged by several hours. I'm about half way through the audiobook, and am having a tough time finding a reason to keep riveted to it.
This story is really starting to take on a sanctimonious bent. It started out as a warrior's tale, now it's about a vegan who feels guilty for eating meat after spending the day hacking the bad guys to death with a sword. Think I'll probably skip the rest of the series.
Gerard Doyle is just about the best narrator there is for audio books. His characters, timing and sense of emotions are just amazing. Compare his reads to the Eragon movie (OK, not a fair comparison). Almost every character is soooo much better than the live actors.
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.
I could have just read this book as I did with the first two, but decided to simply listen to it for a chance. I don't regret a minute of it. I couldn't wait to find a minute of peace to go sit and visit Alagaesia. The narrator did a wonderful job in pronouning the word I couldn't read at all. Of course Saphira's voice was not as feminine as I would have like it, but in overall, the narrator did a great job. I'm glad that the story will continue through another book that Christopher is creating. There are still questions to be answer and a war to finish. Christopher has a fantastic mind. I'm sure that his 4th book will be just as good as his last 3 ones.
I don't mind long books- in fact I generally enjoy them. I agree with some people that this book is one battle after another and that Eragon still seems a bit childish. However, I still like the book and think that if you've read the other two- this one should be read as well. I'm just wishing Mr. Paolini would hurry up and come out with the last book. I enjoy the narrator and think that this is a good- but not great book. I also appreciate the fact that I can listen to it with my young children around and not have to worry about vulgarity and bad language.
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.?