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 Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts 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)2009 Random House Audiobooks
The narrator. The story is brilliant!
Saphira, but the Narrator killed her voice. It is supposed to be nice and pleasant sounding voice yet he gives her a gravely throat cancer voice which made me cringe every time she had a vocal line.
"As good as the first"
As good as the first book, but I found myself more interested in Eragon’s cousin Roran, than Eragon himself.
Story – 4/5
Christopher Paolini has expanded nicely on the first story by having two separate story arc’s, Eragon and his cousin Roran. Personally, I thought Roran’s arc was more enjoyable. Eragon’s part, up until the final battle at the end was a tad boring in my opinion, but was probably necessary in order to develop his character ready for the remaining 2 novels
I can’t help but think CP was a bit over indulgent in his fascination with the way the Elves live, utilising a lot of historical writings on Elven mythology, and adding some of his own elements to give the reader a very detailed view of their way of life. I am sure a lot of readers would find this part more enjoyable than I did though.
Once again, the whole book lifted in quality towards the end, where there was yet again another well written battle, even larger and more exciting that the one in the first novel.
Performance – 4/5
As with the first novel, Gerrard Doyle did a great job; 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
"Ridiculous downloading arrangement!"
Beware, if you decide to get this you will need to download 4 different parts all called book 2 and part one and part two and then again 1 & 2! Its horrendously complicated in the extreme, especially when redownloading to a replacement pc.
If you can get it elsewhere, do so, in one lump. Audibles end tag on books is that this book has been split to make the download easier, you can find the next part in your library does not extend to the original downloading practice I see. I dont know whos idea it was to split the Inheritance cycle books into 2 separate parts to buy and then confuse the downloads even further by splitting that but this has gone too far this time.
"Not my favourite, but still enjoyable"
It's a long book so being able to listen to it in the car in installments made it more manageable.
The setting - elves, dwarves, dragons....
I couldn't stand the voice he used for Saphira the dragon. She is a "she" but he gave her a horrible deep growly voice. Not good.
No, it's too long.
The level of detail and description is huge. I confess I got a little bored at times and wanted the story to move on. Maybe I should have chosen an abridged version.
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.
"Eldest inheritance book 2 part 1"
Very good, an easy way to remind myself what book 2 was about before reading book 3
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