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Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3 | [Christopher Paolini]

Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
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Publisher's Summary

Oaths sworn...loyalties tested...forces collide.

Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too.

The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength - as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices - choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

©2008 Christopher Paolini; (P)2008 Listening Library

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    Edmund 09-25-08
    Edmund 09-25-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not complete."

    I was expecting the final book of the series only to find that there will be another book. This book although, was very good. Just what you would expect from Christopher Paolini. A sweeping novel covering most of Alagaesia. Very well written and quite compelling. I had a hard time putting it down. I am eagerly awaiting the final book of the series when ever that may be released.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 12-29-08
    Delinda 12-29-08 Member Since 2013

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "Excellent as always"

    Great detail, great story lines. Can't wait for the next part. Plus I love Gerard Doyle's animation of the characters. His voice is the best ever!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy A. Chandler, AZ United States 10-23-08
    Jeremy A. Chandler, AZ United States 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Milking the long hull..."

    I literally counted down the days until this book came out. The first two had me on the edge of my seat for the 3rd. I have to say I finished this with much disappointment. Chapter after chapter of dwarf politics drug out this book an extra few hundred pages and even if that’s not exactly true it sure felt like it. I just felt like this book didn't follow the direction of excitement like the first two did. More than anything I am very frustrated that it will probably take another year or two for a forth book. Don't get me wrong Christopher is brilliant I just wish he would finish this story and write spin off books on the untold portions, sort of like Orson Scott Card.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mica New York, NY, United States 10-03-08
    Mica New York, NY, United States 10-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Potential never realized"

    Emotionally flat, with the occasional anthill or small valley, this book leaves you with nothing. Unable to capitalize on his earlier success and grow, this installment by the author lacks the depth and range that make a good premise into a great novel.

    Instead it is a tiresome plodding series of events that do not flow, and characters whose motivations lack the ring of authenticity. His world has elements that are interesting in and of themselves. It is a place of magic, and mystical creatures, love, war and strife, things that almost always make for a good escape.

    That is why it got three stars.

    That he took those elements and made a hash of it is disappointing to say the least. If you are interested in those sorts of worlds, Goodkind, R. Jordan (RIP), and George R.R. Martin are genuine masters, even if they have the occasional flaw.

    If you read the first two novels of this series, you could take this one or leave it without gaining or missing out.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 08-04-13
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 08-04-13 Member Since 2015

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "I don't want to be too hard on the book but..."

    Now this is a book that is just being drawn out WAY too long if you ask me. This particular title in the book I found almost irrelevant and listening to the final one in the series before writing this review basically confirms to me that the author was simply bidding for time or had no idea how to continue with the book. I truly think that this book in particular was the author's desire to either stall for time to think of what else to do with the book or simply milk it for all it's worth. My take on it.... It was a combination of both and this was absolutely positively no worth it....

    The narration in this book which normally for me is pretty good but seeing that the story for me was just a whole bunch of useless fodder got downright annoying to me after a while. He did the best he could do considering of course, but irrespective of his wonderful inflections and great tone if the story itself is annoying you chances are some of that will seep over to the narration.

    As for the story itself, normally I would say that this book sets up well for the final book in the series however there wasn't much added to this book for me to say "Yes! This was completely and utterly necessary", instead I kept hoping they would get on with the story. Yes there were some interesting battles and whatnot but hardly impressive or noteworthy enough in the grand scheme of things to think that it required a book for itself. I found myself, at the end of the book, feeling unfulfilled.

    I am still trying to figure out how or why this book was as long as it was and (in my mind) so irrelevant. I can hardly remember most of the happenings in this book and were you to ask me to give you a play by play of this particular book I couldn't (which is just plain sad if you ask anyone who knows me).

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Portland, OR, USA 09-02-09
    Jeff Portland, OR, USA 09-02-09 Member Since 2014
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    "It didn't end?!"

    This book plays well to those that love the details of dwarf and elf culture as much time is spent detailing the activities over a period of time with each. Somehow though, the pages ran out and the story didn't conclude. Disappointing given book 4 isn't out and Paolini released a different story instead.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Dallas, GA, USA 11-04-08
    Josh Dallas, GA, USA 11-04-08
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    "Get on with it!"

    Ok, so I'm actually really impressed with with the author. Sure it's obviously that he borrowed a little too much from LOTR and Star Wars but I can forgive that for a good story, which it is.

    That being said. The major problem with this series is that instead of going into detail about the things that are very important to the story, the author seems to talk about everything forever just to prove that he can make this place real for you.

    The major events of the book are great but they are interrupted by very long, seemingly unimportant plot lines that make the story drag on. In this book's case, it was forced into two books when it clearly should have been one. This is the first book I would ever say that I think I would have enjoyed an abridged version more. However, it is worth the read if you can take it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 12-23-08
    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 12-23-08 Member Since 2014
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    "A disappointment"

    Someone commented that this book needed better editing. That implies that the story could have been salvaged in some way. Unfortunately the only thing that would have accomplished is to have ended the listeners misery a little sooner. The fact that I had to cough up 2 credits to find this out makes it that much more painful. What is specifically wrong with this book? It is hard to say specifically without giving away plots in the book so I will intentionally be vague. My primary gripe is that the author does not seem to know what he wants to do with this saga. The characters are pulled in all sorts of directions and you do not get the sense that there is a real plan here. Numerous times in the book the author digresses into longwinded explanations and meaningless events. If he were say a Terry Goodkind or Robert Jordan he might be able to pull this off but he clearly is not in their league. Eragon is also not emerging as an interesting character which is pretty bad considering he is supposed to be the hero. He whines more than not and his skill set seems woefully inadequate. Other gripes include the unrealistic way in which events resolve themselves. From normal humans being able to kill hundreds single handedly to being able to put protective wards all around oneself so as to be protected from harm are just two examples of ways the author moves his heroes from challenge to challenge. Don't get me wrong I am grateful for any shortcuts that move this beast of a book along but try to put a little more thought into it. The most disappointing part is the way it ends. The other two books had real stopping points. This one does not. I truly hope the author decides to end this series soon as the world he created while graphically described, is just not that interesting.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MrYellowDuck Auckland, New Zealand 11-06-08
    MrYellowDuck Auckland, New Zealand 11-06-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow pace and boring"

    The pace of this book is excruciatingly slow. Despite being a 20+ hour listen, virtually nothing happens; the story is barely advanced from the end of the second book.

    What you get here are a serious of disjointed and largely uninteresting stories.

    If listening in great detail about how a charcter removes their hair-band and then replaces it is your thing, then this book is for you! Others will be left wondering why the editor didn’t trim this book by half.

    Two credits for half a book, and not a very good book at that.

    Avoid!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-10-08
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-10-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, stunningly bad writing"

    This is a high fantasy epic of the likes of "Lord of the Rings" or "Sword of Truth," and follows the same mythical path that all such stories do, so if you don't like the genre, you probably won't be interested in this.

    Supposedly the writer is a prodigy who wrote much of this by 19, and it shows. The writing is atrocious. Even my teenage daughter laughed at some of his cliches. Worse, he chooses completely inappropriate verbs and adjectives. Things "slip" when they would more likely "rip," for instance. It is really a distraction throughout, although sometimes completely without discernible pattern he does slip into a skilled narrative tone for a scene or two.

    That's the negative. On the other hand, the writer's imagination and thorough creation of his universe is worth slogging through the prose. His world of dragons and warriors and thieves and magic and prophecy is vivid and imaginative, and at times does reach the level of Tolkein--though never in writing ability. His characters are surprisingly insightful at times, given the writer's age, although at times they are simplistic.

    And the story--the journey--is well created. The world is revealed slowly, and with great skill, and mysterious seeds are planted early that take time to bloom. Characters are introduced and left to mature and reappear later. Minor incidents come back to have major impacts. This is where the author is far beyond his years--in the telling of the story. This is where the book becomes worthwhile, despite the prose and the derivative storyline.

    So, overall, if you like high fantasy of the Tolkein variety, you'll like, and maybe even love this one. It is safe for the kids, mostly, and can keep a family entertained on a long drive. This is some of the best of the high fantasy genre. That's how I rated it. If you don't like that genre, you may not like this. Buy it for the story, not for the writing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    5/31/15
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    "Faster please"

    You should listen to it at a faster speed than is set, Paolini writes a lot, some of which is a passing pleasure, and Doyle reads at a very slow pace, so you will get very bored very quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • glyn
    12/27/14
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    its the best story every I want they to hurry up and make the films

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  • Kimberly
    Stirling, United Kingdom
    4/29/14
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    "Paolini- A Born Storyteller"
    Where does Brisingr rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high! I found the story to be so captivating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Safera. Easily! You can't beat a dragon.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He is a very good narrator. Would recommend him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I would have yes, but it's obviously very long!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Crawford
    Maidstone, UK
    10/9/13
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    "Another long and detailed book"

    Yet again I slogged through an Inheritance book, wishing I'd downloaded an abridged version. In places I just wanted to move the story along a bit faster. But overall still good, just be patient when listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hayley
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Well spoken"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    2/27/13
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    "Very good series"

    I read the first two books of the series 6 years ago and liked them, but since the series was not complete then and I don't like reading a volume every 2-3 years, when I no longer remember the details, I waited for the last two to be out and then started again with the first volume. I'm just about to finish the last one and... no matter how it will end, I already know I love this series and I will read it again several times in years to come.



    I love the way the dragons are portrayed, I love the world the author created, I wish I could visit and meet all the characters... Someone mentioned their child loved it. Well... I'm 35 and I loved it :) I would venture to say they are not for children, though. Teens, yes, but they are scenes of cruelty and torture and... that's not for children.



    These are serious books, very well written. Wisely written, I would say, since they really contain lots of wisdom, in nuggets and... spread throughout. Buy and enjoy, they are well worth your credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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