Paolini did it again in Eldest. I wasn't crazy about the voice change for Saphira but I got used to it after a bit. I don't know why authors and editors don't insist on consistency with the narrators and allow them to change things mid stream. Its frustrating but I would buy the book again even knowing this.
Eldest continues with a great and complex plot and characters that readers care about. Book 2 is also kid friendly. I've already downloaded book 3.
Yes, the story is intricate and subtle at times. I think there's a lot of depth too it and a second listen would reveal more details and character traits that I may not have picked up during my initial listen.
I enjoyed the in-depth focus on story lines other than Eragon's. It was a nice departure and made the book unique in contrast with Book 1.
The final battle is tremendous and reveals some surprises. Very much worth the wait.
Action, Adventure, Redemption!
Riveting, intense, & illuminating
Aria - her enigmatic presence keeps our hero in check while also leaving him a bit unbalanced. She lends a great texture to the story that helps us explore the dynamic nature of Eregon's adolescent mind.
Wow! What don't I like about it?? I don't know how he can sustain some of those voices. He's created a unique voice for every character that enables him to make conversations feel so real. Honestly, I chose this as an audio book instead of reading it because Gerard Doyle was performing it. He's one of my favorite readers.
No, it's far too long for that...unless I was bedridden. I listen to it during my commute and while doing yard work. This particular book made a 15 hour drive across the country just fly by.
I've just started the third book in this series. It's every bit as exciting. A great story performed by a reader of immense talent.
I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
I love all these books in the series. Unlike other authors, this one knows when to stop a story and not drag it out. I love that! Now I can try another stories.
Another thing I like is Gerald Doyle. Not only because he read all four books but because he has a voice that sounds nice to the ears. Unlike others were they mispronounce names or just don't sound right for the story. Mr. Doyle is one of the great voices out there and I am glad he did all of the books.
Yes, not only is the narration wonderful but this and the entire series is enjoyable as well
Arya, she is magical, royal, smart, strong, logical, and ever learning
Oh gosh how can there be a favorite with this stupendous narrator! He is superior with every character.
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!