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Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 | [Christopher Paolini]

Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    LOVE it 01-06-15
    LOVE it 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Series"

    I enjoyed the story but it was a little depressing. It seem to be much darker than the 1st book. Waiting to read the third book.

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    Austin R. M. 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Grand epic"

    This series is one of my all time favorites, and though I've read the book multiple times my heart still flutters as if it was the first time. I'm not so big on the voice acting for some of the characters, and there was some audio issues throughout the story (could have been a flawed download),otherwise happy to listen to the story again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phoebe 12-07-14
    Phoebe 12-07-14 Member Since 2014

    20. Fantasy Nut. College Student. Food. Books. What more could you need?

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    "War is brewing!"
    If you could sum up Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    This book is amazing and epic, but it can be dense at times. That's why I love listening to it because Gerard solves that problem for me. There's so much happening and we get several points of views and different angels of these different stories that begin to intertwine. It's awesome and so interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eragon is definitely my favorite, although I suppose it would be hard for him not to be since he's the main character. But we really see him grow and become a young man and the rider the world needs him to be. He has his struggles, but they never deter him from what he knows what he needs to do.


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

    I love Gerard! I've listened to Eragon as well and this was a re-listen for me, but the last time I listen to Eldest I was in the seventh grade and I'm 20 now. But I've always loved his storytelling and he makes this tale come to life so beautifully! I even put off really getting into the book because I wanted to listen to Gerard's rendition!


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

    Definitely. I couldn't, unfortunately because life things kept getting in the way but I listened to this in about the span of a week! That was pretty insane to me because this is a super long audiobook and Eragon was much shorter and it took much longer to get through Eragon. I was so addicted though, I also finally have my phone all loaded up with the next one and I'm excited!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes! If you've ever been hesitant to pick this series up because of it's size or because you've heard how wordy Paolini can be- then you should definitely pick up the audiobook! Gerard does an amazing job in bringing the characters to life and listening through someone else tell the story makes the experience go quick. Highly, highly recommend!

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    Jack R. Flint 11-28-14
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    "A disapointment"
    Would you try another book from Christopher Paolini and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I liked Gerard Doyle's performance, but I'm done with Christopher Paolini. The story just never seems to move forward, while he goes on and on describing details to the point that the storyline is lost. Clearly a case of so many tress you can't see the forest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Paolini again?

    Maybe if he write a book in another ten years and I'm around to read it. I doubt his style will change though, he has a audience for his current style.


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

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Can't comment as to the full story I gave up after a few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 10-08-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Slips a little..."

    I feel as if this is the weakest of the Inheritance Cycle novels. There is a lot of talking, set-up, and explanation going on in this book, and it's a little short on action. Even the battle scene at the end of the book is not quite up to the level of the other 3 books. There are some big revelations in this installment that are quite exciting and make it still a very good novel, and very important in the series, but not the most exciting of the four books.

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    Jennifer Karp 09-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "dragon voice"
    Any additional comments?

    The overall performance is good but the voices of elves and dragon are still horrible in the second book. I was hoping Saphiras voice would have evolved so she wouldn't sound like a hoarse frog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 07-23-14
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 07-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    What did you love best about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2?

    At first I hated having Rorin's story added but in the end I loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2?

    The end battle where lots of people saw each other again but I don't wanna ruin it for others


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it and read the other


    Any additional comments?

    The performers dragon voices could have been normal as it is their mind talking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    General_XIII 07-18-14
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    "Saphira Sounds Like a Troll"
    Would you listen to Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 again? Why?

    Probably, but i have one major complaint stated below.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In terms of Christopher Paolini's book, my favorite charecter is Saphira; I love her personality. Loving when needed, fierce when angry, but always amused by the events around her.

    In terms of Gerard Doyle's reading of it, I HATE Saphira (exoplained below). However I really like his interpretation of Roran.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Gerard Doyle's Roran is very well done. He does a great job of expressing Roran's emotions and tone during his speeches to the people of Carvahall.

    When I read this book on my own i always pictured Saphira with a normal female voice, and motherly at that. Perhaps if she spoke aloud it would sound as Doyle makes it, but she doesn't; she speaks with her mind and can have whatever voice she wants and i always pictured it as motherly. Doyle makes her sound like a Troll, hoarse and gravely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Riders have returned and war is in the air.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 04-06-14
    Judy 04-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't syop listening!"
    What did you love best about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2?

    I loved the growth and depth of the characters. The double, sometimes triple story line was well written and easy to follow. The number of characters is amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I came to appreciate Roain more in this story. He begins as a simple young man looking for a job and family, and becomes the leader of his community, making the difficult decisions that leaders have to. It's serves as a reminder of the difficult decisions all of us have to make.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Sopheria - her gruff female dragon voice has to be difficult and then to show playfulness, anger, concern, and shame - outstanding job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love the twist at the end of the story. I can't w a it to begin listening to Resingr.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 07-15-13
    Heather MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "dragons sound like cookie monster :-)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great series, entertaining,


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, really the narration over all is very good. But his voice for saphira sounds like cookie monster it makes me giggle every time she speaks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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