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
"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 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.
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.
"Saphira's voice is laughable"
The narration really ruined it for me, Eragon is made to sound about twelve and Saphira makes me want to cry. Love the story though, one of my old favourites.
"it is a great book powerful in its own rite
the book was incredible it's my all time favorite ever I love it I have read the full cycle now several times it is so good I fight tears when I read the last page off inheritance as it over
"Fantasy at its finest!"
Pretty high I'd say. It has a great story, strong characters and allows you to easily follow what's happening and enter a new, exciting and adventurous world.
I really like Eragon, he is so well described and the listener can easily follow what he is thinking or feeling and experiencing. But Saphira is a great character as well, being a bit of a counter part to the young and adventurous Eragon. Both form an incredible friendship.
Absolutely loved this audiobook. The only thing I did not like was Gerrard Doyle's way of speaking as Saphira, the tone of voice he used did not necessarily fit her character very well, but it's easy to get used to.
"Great story, poor narration"
It's a good book with a good plot etc, but the narration lets it down. His generic 'narrator voice' is fine and good, but eragon's voice is irritatingly whiny, murtagh's Scottish accent is just dreadful and cringeworthy, and the dragon! Oh the dragon... It's like someone with a really bad chesty cough and a smoking problem attempting a Louis Armstrong impression. Still, it's a good book...
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