The reader really helps this story. He conveys both the youth and maturity needed for the central characters and the rest of the characters are nicely differentiated and balanced.
It's a wonderful ending, and it will string you along the whole way. Once you have finished the book, I highly recommend listing to the first 20 minutes again so the jigsaw you are presented in the beginning can all fall into place. It's an elaborate metaphor for memory, and it works.
There is a letter read many years later from the central character. This letter shapes the rest of the book. It's a shock and quite incredible.
From the book: "It is a statement with an eye to the future that is often the most suspect." "History is the lives of the victors, and the self-delusions of the defeated." or "History is that certainty when the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."
A great listen.
I'm very sorry this book is over. The Inheritance Series took up most of my evenings after work for the winter of 2011/12 and it was well worth it. Christopher Paolini is a great young writer and I'm sure will go on to even greater works. But it's Gerard Doyle's reading that makes the book sing.
The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Great for kids...great if you wish you still were.
All of the Dragons. There were a lot of them, and it's amazing Doyle had a different voice for each. Okay, some sounded like Cookie Monster, but how did he do long speeches in Dragon without losing his voice?
I would have if I could have.
Get ready for some squeaky voices form Paolini and his editor at the end of the book. Great commentary and insight, but after listening to the melodic Doyle it's going to be very hard to listen to.
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