Never read the print version but I'm sure it is. Who the hell would read a book when you can get someone to read it to you.
Gerard Doyle is an amazing narrator and is easily in my favorite top 7.
While the story of Eragon and Saphira and their quest to defeat the Empire and the Evil King and exDragon Rider Galbatorix is a great way to lose yourself in an adventure, the naration is what sets this audiobook apart from others
There are many great characters with their own personalties and paths that mix with everyone elses, but my favorite would be Angela the fortune teller. She is unique and powerful, quirky and mysterious, very wise while being totally flaky. You assume that she is on the side of good but have the feeling that her loyalities will change is something more interesting comes by. Angela has a knack for being where the action is and knowing who is important.
I liked it when Islanzadi puts the council in their place and makes her power and intentions understood right away. Islanzadi made sure that the Varden, the Council and everyone else knew that she was in charge and no one was going prove different.
There are plenty of heartbreaks and moments where you are holding your breathe. The action never stops and I had a hard time walking away from the book.
Eldest and the entire Inheritance Cylce, is a great book. If you like to escape into another world and enjoy a good story, then I highly recommend this book to you.
I've never read the print verison, but I would consider the audio version of this series to be leagues of many others I've purchased from Audible! The story is gripping, the narration is fantastic, and the writer did a fantastic job with character development and plot. I am actually kicking myself for not finding this series so much sooner!
hmmm... maybe the Dungeons and Dragons - Dragons of Autumn Twililght? But I've never heard them, only read the print version.
After going this far in the series, I am a true blue fan of his! heck, he could read me the newpaper and I'd be enthralled!
Again... if you have not experienced this series I strongly encurage you to do so. It will not disappoint! The story gets a little slow once he gets to the elves, but come on...let's face it... elves are like cats - haughty and indignant. Not much to liven things up with a race that lives forever. :-)
Yes the story is well thought out and the narrator is fantastic.
The concept that words have meaning. The overall idea that only through self reflection can we determine the truth of our words.
Fantastic interpretation of the characters.
Yes and no see comments below!
Editing is the series biggest flaw. The Author spends to much time restating things throughout the entire Inheritance Cycle.If the editors had done a better job the author would have been able to keep the cycle to the original 3 book plan instead of having to add a fourth book. I found myself fast forwarding through parts of the the entire book because I grew tired of hearing the same thing over and over again. The editor(s) of the Series should have fixed this problem before it went to print. The story was fresh and the development of the characters was fantastic. Alagaesia was just as well defined as middle earth in the The Lord of the Rings. I did really enjoy reading them and then listening to Mr. Doyle's performance.
The Eragon story continues and remains intriguing with well thought plot lines and twists. Too much is made of the writer's youth, he writes the way he writes --yes he is heavy on detail and sometimes overuses his thesaurus, but these are good books. If you like the fantasy genre, read on, you'll enjoy them immensely!
Gerard Doyle amazes with the variety of voices he uses for the narration..well done indeed!
Yes I would. Having listened to the first and now the second book can't wait for the third. Also, if you read the books you have a better visualization of what is going on.
Saphira-I like dragons
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As long as I kept in mind that CP is a relatively young/writer I found the books enjoyable. I do agree with the critics there was some "borrowing" from other authors, not whole sale plagiarism, but I read a lot of the books CP was influenced by, and could see where some of the other authors "ideas/names" slipped in. I do not believe it was intentional, although a good editor might have caught them.
I would consider CP a Tolkien in training, both are very verbose (more that I truly enjoy), however the story and characters were great.
To bad they let Hollywood butcher the movie.
Gerard Doyle did a great job.
I listen to this book during my daily commute, and often times I don't want to get out of the car because the story has me hooked. If you like Lord of the Rings style books, you can go wrong with this one.
Lord of the Rings
He does a great job expressing the feelings of the characters.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
One of the best that I have heard to date. Always a favorite, and a great one to come back to again and again.
It's hard to say without giving away spoilers!
Yet again - spoilers!
Finding out who Eragon's new trainer is.
Great book for the family, I would recommend it to anyone that loves fantasy/adventure.
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.