When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?
The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….
©2004 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks
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"Simple, but entertaining for all the family"
Nothing like the film, a hell of a lot better in my opinion with more emphasis on Dwarves and Elves.
Story – 4/5
Eragon is a simple story concept that doesn’t break any new ground. That being said, I still found it highly entertaining. I think the story is aimed at teenagers, but being a 28 year old man, I still found it enjoyable. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, then this is aimed at the same audience.
Large battles and wars can be very complex in a novel, but I believe this is Christopher Paolini’s strongest point. The final battle was told very concisely, and wasn’t bogged down with too much detail, allowing the reader/listener to be swept up in the action and excitement of it.
There were elements of Eragon being a bit whiney at times, which can be annoying to an adult listener, but I was able to overlook this overall. The magic system is very simplistic, as Paolini obviously wanted to delve straight in with an action packed story for his young target audience. This means that the story lacks depth at times, but this is made up for in later the volumes.
Performance – 4/5
Gerrard Doyle has a strong American accent, which I thought I would dislike, but he was actually very good. Each character’s voice was distinctive, and the tone of the story was portrayed very well.
He suits this type of story nicely, but I can not see him narrating a gritty, more adult novel like Game of Thrones very well at all, so if I find him narrating a novel I am considering, I will be careful about the type of story it is before purchasing.
Overall – 4/5
Paolini has brought us a magical world, and Doyle has brought it to life. He has a good speaking voice and gives each of the characters individuality and strength however small their part.
I really love this book. The story is told well but the voice used for the dragon is a bit obnoxious. It's all gurggly like someone who's smoked too much. I understand the perspective the narrator was going for and I can get over the annoying dragon voice because the story is just that wonderful. It's the kind of story you can really get wrapped up into and really makes you want to find out what happens next.
"Didn't get on with the narrator"
Had big expectations but I didn't get on with the narrator of this book, found his voice a bit annoying!
"eragon part one and two"
Love the book can't wait to read the next book, its about a boy who finds an egg hard as stone that seemed to flash there in front of his eyes. He doesn't know its an egg and tries to sell it for food. One day it hatches into a dragon, he learns how to look after it, but an evil king wants it. The king kills his stepfather and burns down his home. An old dragon rider finds him and helps him to get away. He teaches him about riding magic and being a loyal dragon rider. Its great.
Enjoyed the story, Gerrard Doyle brought the story to life with his vocalisation of the characters. Just close your eyes and your there.
It stands on its own but also can stand beside lord of the ring 'fellowship of the ring' as the start of an epic story.
Yes I have listened to all the inheritance series of books and enjoyed everyone of them.
An epic story starts here.
I would recommend everyone to try this, sit back and relax.
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