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
Let the Wookiee win.
I quite enjoyed the story and loved the narration by Gerrard Doyle.
Sooooo much better than the movie. A good start to what appears to be a great Fantasy series.
Loved the portrayal of Brom, loved the character in the movie as portrayed by Jeremy Irons (a most underutilised actor) and it was great to see him fleshed out in the book and greatly portrayed by Gerrard.
The story and so many things in this book are obviously inspired by Tolkiens' works, but done with a obvious love of the original source and with just the right spin to make it his own world, an incredible feat for any author let alone a 16 year old novice (I believe that's how old Mr Paolini was when he finished Eragon).I look forward to sharing this book with my children as they grow older as it is a fine addition to anyone who loves Dragons and the bond they can have with their riders.
I wonder if Anne McCaffrey ever read Eragon?
Yes, this is an audio book I will listen to over and over again as well loved characters come to life. Gerrard Doyle has a beautiful voice and the life he instills in his characters makes thems so much more real - and there are quite a few.
I enjoyed how you share Eragons journey from simple farm boy to Dragon Rider and I love Saphira's development and the sense of humour and possessiveness she has for Eragon. The whole world that you are introduced to, the magic, elves, dwarfs, dragons and intrigues are thoroughly enjoyable.
The scene where Saphira and Eragon drink too much mead and Saphira belches a huge flame before passing out
Come and experience the re-birth of a legend and one man's journey from innocent farm boy to fierce Dragon Rider
The movie that was made would have been a huge success if the film makers had stayed true to the characters in the book. It's the reason the Harry Potter and Twilight transition from book to film was so successful - the films stayed true to the characters and story lines whereas with Eragon the characters in the film had, at best, only a vague resemblance to the detailed descriptions of the characters in the book (& Arya looked nothing like her description in the book) and, if you had not read the books, the film made no sense at all
This is one of my fav books.
The narrator is pretty good and the storyline is
"Why split the book into two?"
I enjoyed the book, but why split it into two? I have read plenty of books longer than this that are not split at a place where you have to buy the second half. Is this a money spinner audible?
"Great start - shame they split the book in two !"
I think the story is engaging and it has elements that mean you could listen to it over and over.
Eragon the central character is growing and learning and does not get dull
Gerrad Doyle's performance overall is good; characters sound different and speech is clear.
There is already a film to this book which I have seen before getting the audio book and so far they are very different, but I am enjoying it.
I don't like the fact the books are split into two parts! There are longer books un-split!
Would be great to have a female voice for the dragon. but love it all the same. still great to listen to.
I just wanted to comment with respect to Helen's review that I found the narrator to be fine. Perhaps he reminds her of someone she doesn't like! Yes, occasionally there is some petulence, but just as much there is wonder, innocence, excitement etc etc.
I bought this book in two parts as there doesn't appear to be any other option in the UK for the unabridged audio.
"Buy the combined book"
This book is amazing and if you like your fantasy adventure it will keep you listening.
Make sure you buy the combined book though not this which comes in two halves.
Loved it really well read. Would recommend as it brought the book to life. My son can't wait to download it.
Start of my favourite book series of all time. Brilliantly read with lots of interesting voices
"Lord of The Rings Mark 2"
Magical, Friendship, Epic
Brom because he was the storyteller throughout the journey
Captures the emotion by using different pitch and tone for the many characters
The egg hatching.
After a slow start, Eragon just keeps accelerating. An exhilarating adventure for all ages.
"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.
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