This book is very entertaining and inventive. Everything in this imaginary world fits together neatly and there are multilayered plots that are cleverly woven together by the author. It really approaches “Lord of the Rings” in places, although it is impossible for anyone to be as original as Tolkein again. I think. I was not crazy about the voice of the dragon as it sounded like a gravely male dragon instead of a female dragon, but I got used to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to those who like fantasy novels.
My son (age 11) and I find this novel boring. We read the first novel out loud, and while it was a bit of a task, the underlying story of a dragon rider intrigued us. This sequel, sadly, only continues the writer's tendancy to intrusive and numbing descriptiveness that subtracts from the experience. Seemingly endless accounts of every vale, glade, heather, peak, etc blur and muddy the landscape rather than enhance and define it. Similarly, the innumerable side characters, of whom ancient lineage, poems, and tales are recounted in stupifying detail, detract from what few distinct characters the writer has created.
Unlike other stories, which my son and I have eagerly anticipated listening to, such as the "Percy Jackson" series, this one has been forgotten about. After slogging thru the first 5 hours, we have largely given up. I can't remember anytime I have looked forward to a movie version of a book to make its story appealing.
1st of let me put credit where credit is due. The narrator did a superb jod. His voices for the different charecters were worthy. The author on the other hand failed misserable. He builds Eragon up monumentally for 21 hours and then asks you to believe something that goes against everything he just told you leaving you flat and unfulfilled. It seams to be an insult to your inteligence. Even if he can exsplain what happened it would, at the least, make the last 21 hours a waist of time. I for one am not sure I even care to see how this one ends.
Listening version is amazing!
But let's be honest, it will never match a good old school reading!!!!
He's a true human hero!!!
He has flaws, but he also endures his trials without hesitation!!!
Just the same.
These are great books, but due to the length of these books I have had to take a break and have not read past this one. Its a great book dont get me wrong but the time spent on descriptions could be shortened. Really, I listened for almost an hour to Eragon watching ants. Although I never read abridged versions of books I would like if there was an abridged version of these books. The narrator does a good job.
First off i am a big fan of this series but after reading the first book I had a lot of difficulty staying focused with this one. The author spends too much time trying to explain the lore of certain races and clans and tends to ramble on. Unlike the first book this one moves at such a slow pace I was tempted on more than one occasion to hit the skip button to jump ahead.
While I gave this book a 3 I still think it is a good series but this book certainly could have been done better.
This was my first attempt at an audio book. I have read the story at least twice before and with the new book Brisingr coming out next month, I wanted to re-read it but don't have the time. So, I figured I would try the audio version. Although the content is true and genuine, I find the voice of the narrator to be quite annoying. I also find that he is mispronouncing names of people and places. I also do not care for the changes he makes to his voice to signify different characters who are speaking especially his feeble attempt at doing a female dragon voice. Truthfully, it makes the book difficult to listen to especially after having seen the movie which, no doubt, has placed an indelible idea as to who the characters are from the story into my mind. I am trying very hard to get past the sounds and focus on the content but this is proving difficult. I only hope that future audio books are not similar. The 4 stars I gave as a rating applies strictly to the book's content/story and NOT to the performance of the narrator.
I get the feeling that Christopher Paolini's family is so taken with the idea that he is a young genius that common sense has been lost. Eragon was very charming, although immature. I figured that when he gets older that he would be a bit embarrassed by it's immaturity. But this book is so freakingly boring, you really have to wonder where in the world the editors are. The details are unbelievably cumbersome, and I get sick of Gerard Doyle's consistent "I'm excited and neophyte Eragon" enthusiastic voice. This is so dull that my 9 & 12 yo boys got bored by it, we just couldn't keep going. If you are intrigued by the story, get it in print so you can skim. It's a waste of audiobook. This is for Eragon lovers only, not someone who wants to hear a good audiobook.