This is a total disappointment. The fact that the author "was only 15" does not make this a good book. Yes, it is a great accomplishment for someone his age. However, since there is so much "taken" from Tolkien, it shows very little creativity. Also, I had the sense that this was an 80's style video game dialog (flat and juvenile). This is the first time I was not able to finish an audio book. To be fair I may check this out from the library (i.e. no money wasted) and attempt to read the book.
My bottom line opinion - C. Paolini does have potential for developing into a good writer, if he does not allow arrogance to get in the way of learning. This is based his interview response - "In my writing, I strive for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf." - which he is currently no where near.
Story was entertaining and flowed well. Another good story from Robert Littell and the narrator was excellent. I enjoy Scott Bricks narrations but Grover Gardner far surpassed him. If you like Littell's book, then you won't be disappointed with this one. Enjoy!
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