I found this a poor attempt to continue the story of Eragon. I was very hopeful that the story would low as the first one did but have found it hard to get any excitement out of this Book 2. I would not recammend and am sorry that I wasted 2 credits to get this book. I will slog through to the end but will not wasted money on the next book.
Paolini continues to spin his story that is engaging and entertaining to listen to. Though, as with his first novel, the plot is predictable and dialogue that is intended to be dramatic is often laughably absurd. The story is fun to listen to, but Paolini still needs to refine his style and his stories would benefit from more original plot twists (echoes heavily of LOTR and The Wheel of Time).
That being said, I've just downloaded Brisingr and am about to continue the tale...
All books are flawed in some way - we can always find something to nit pick about, but this series is remarkable since no one wanted to publish the first book, somewhat like Harry Potter books. It's nice to know that we readers can make a difference - hopefully it will send a message to publishers. BTW, a GR8 read!!!!!! Or listen ...............
Christopher Paoli continues to grow in skill as an author. This book is filled with very profound thinking and ideas. It proceeds at a measured pace, and keeps the reader enthralled. I am eagerly awaiting the final book of The Inheritance Trilogy, though will be sad to see the end. These stories keep me coming back to listen over and over again. The author's writing transcends the ages of readers. Early teens through adults will enjoy reading Eldest and Eragon. It's a shame the movie industry gave the first installment such a poor treatment. I hope another studio gives The Inheritance Trilogy another chance with a a director such as Peter Jackson. The story has the potential for success to rival Lord of the Rings.
What an amazing first novel. While critics of this novel say that it is to similar to JRR Tolkiens lord of the rings trilogy. Yes there are some similarities, but there are far more significant differences. With a very drawing story and in depth characters this is one of my favorite novels of the year.
After his first book, I was excited to download and listen to this second book in his triology. However, I was somewhat disappointed. This book seemed to be full of philisophical ramblings that really didn't help get the story anywhere. I anticipate the third book to be better but recommend reading this one only so you know what's going on in the third.
OK, so after the first book which was marginally better I thought the second one started with promise but the middle section or Part 2 of this download it dragged and dragged. By the end I was just wanted to be done. Part of me wants to think the Paolini is a great writer, but I'm not sure. He's decriptive to a fault and when listening to all that narrative it gets boring. "Alright already with the scenery let's move on." The pacing is bad. It seemed like reading the equivalent of a bad buffet dinner..a little bit of everything when a tasteful entree would have been a better read or listen. If you've listen to JK Rowling stuff you will think Gerard Doyle is good. He's kinda like Jim Dale.
This is a wonderful story. I loved listening to it and I was very disappointed when it was over. I can't wait till the next book in the series comes out!