Darkness falls...despair abounds...evil reigns....
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle, one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.
Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life.
©2005 Christopher Paolini (P)2005 Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.
I enjoyed Eragon. It was fun and simple and one credit. This book is longer, with less substance. It goes on forever, and would perhaps be worth one credit, but definitely not two. I was looking forward to listening to this after my first good experience, and would consider listening to the others in the series if they were priced right. For now, I'm just angry at myself for wasting too many credits and too much time on a series that I'm loath to finish. Eldest isn't horrible, it's OK, but nothing more than OK. I've listened to plenty of OK books, but an OK book for twice the price is enough to tick me off.
Like the book- hate the voice used for all the Dragons. Saphira is a female dragon but for some reason Doyle believes her voice should sound just like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.
I thought this book was done really well. I felt that the book was a little drawn out. The ending was great and gets you very excited for the next book, but I felt like there was unnecissary information that just left me a little bored for a while. The narrator wasn't that great either. The voices of the dragons were almost laughable, but at the same time I don't know how much better i could have done. I love this series though and look forward to the next installment.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
This was a great follow on from Eragon. It took you further into the realms of maagic and then Eragons changes that happens to him. The only downfall to this book is that in some parts it did drag a little. It was still a fantastic listen
Just like Eragon, the book is great and I can't wait for the 3rd book. Book stores are getting tired of people asking for the last book. C'mon Christopher, where is it.
First, I must say I did enjoy this book and the previous one and eagerly await the next book in the series. However, the story has several aspects which are obviously lifted from the popular sci-fi series Star Wars and the fantasy books of Tolkien. I won't spoil the story, but there is a feeling of deja vu at times. Fortunately this is offset by some very creative ideas concerning the nature of elves, dragons, dwarves and magic. Paolini has successfully contributed new ideas which he uses to craft a unique story universe. His writing style tends to be repetitive, however, especially with certain phrases. This is something his editors should have caught, so I fault them as much as the author. In balance, the writing style seems somewhat unpolished.
The narration is not as good as some others I have heard. In particular, the narrator tends to portray the protagonists as extremely "whiny" at times. Perhaps this was intended by the author but it becomes very tiring. The women's voices are fairly one-dimensional, but then considering the narrator is male, I suppose that cannot be too strong of a criticism. There are a variety of voices used for the other characters, but in some cases, you can only tell one character from another by context.
Various reviewers have noted the similarity between this trilogy adn Lord of the Rings. Whilst this is true, it does not detract from overall enjoyment. My only criticism is that there is rather a ling interklude about Eragion's training which could have been shortened considerably. The battle at the end of the book is full of action and well described
If you'd like a touch of Lord of the Rings with a dash of Harry Potter mixed with some original material, then this series is a must read for you. Christopher Paolini is a gifted author who I hope continues his writing well after this series is finished. My family has thoroughly enjoyed these books and is eagerly awaiting the third.
Not nearly as good as the first book. A tedious boring slog that lacks the adventure, excitement, and humor of the first novel in favor of long passages about training, politics, economics, and history. This book's fiendishly slow pace is the reason there are now three months of books backlogged in my library. It's as if the Harry Potter books were just day-to-day accounts of going to magic school and we only ever heard there was a battle or intrigue going on somewhere else.
It would be a fine second book if an editor had had the strength of character to cut this thing down. Abridged it might be better...
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