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Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 | [Christopher Paolini]

Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
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Publisher's Summary

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 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.

Be sure to listen to Eldest, the sequel to Eragon.

©2003 Christopher Paolini; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's an impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." (Booklist)
"Doyle's range of accents is perfect for the multiple characters of this epic....On paper Eragon is a sprawling fantasy, filled with obvious nods to Tolkien and too many convenient plot devices. But on audio, it fills the ears with vivid characters, witty dialogue, and nail-biting battle scenes set in a magical world where a beautiful blue dragon and her rider are at the noble center of it all." (AudioFile)
"An impressive epic fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"An authentic work of great talent. The story is gripping;...it moves with force." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 04-05-05
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 04-05-05 Member Since 2005
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    "I was skeptical..."

    But I am so glad that I listened to this book! What a great story... well written, good character development, great plot and action. I love fantasy, but a lot of it tends to border on the absurd, and mostly sounds pretty dumb when read aloud, but this book was fantastic. I will definitely listen to the next story when it comes out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 02-22-04
    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 02-22-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Not waiting for the sequel"

    When I found out that this book was written by a teenager, I was impressed. Until then I was mostly annoyed. I finished it, but I just as easily could have stopped in the middle. The similarities to Tolkein and McCaffrey bothered me, but the predictable plot and flat characters bothered me more. I won't be waiting for the sequel. One visit to this world is enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally jersey city, NJ, USA 12-08-03
    Sally jersey city, NJ, USA 12-08-03
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    Though not a regular fantasy reader, I found this book very enjoyable. The narrator was a big part of the pleasure-he gave the characters clearly defined personalities and voices without being too corny about it. The plot is engaging, and the writing is quite good. Eragon, the Dragon, and the other principal characters are well-drawn and complex. I will certainly buy the next book in the series when it comes out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JLH TX 12-17-03
    JLH TX 12-17-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Captivating!"

    I loved this book! It drew me into the lives of Eragon and Saphira. I've listened to it twice now, back to back. Gerard Doyle was the perfect one to read this book. It's impossible to put down, and keeps listeners on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what will happen next. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I intend to share it with my children, who are huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans. If you enjoy HP or LOR, you need to try it! You won't be disappointed!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David Tucumcari, NM, United States 01-22-09
    David Tucumcari, NM, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!!!!"

    Captivating and mesmerizing! My eight year old son and I look for any and every opportunity to turn on this audiobook. Gerard Doyle's narration adds so much to the story! (even the "male" Saphira voice is more convincing for a dragon than the voice used in the movie). I tried several times to read the novel and could never quite stay interested long enough to get past the first chapter. I thought on a whim that I would listen, instead. I'm so glad that Audible made this series available. My only concern is that book three will complete the adventure... Fortunately, each book is longer than the last. (I've already purchased the other two and have begun ELDEST!) Without question, Christopher Paolini has created a triumphant masterpiece...a MUST LISTEN for SCI FI/FANTASY fans!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Wolfforth, TX, USA 11-02-06
    Michael Wolfforth, TX, USA 11-02-06
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    "Incredible Experience"

    This was not only an audio book, but an experience for the listener. The story is awesome and Doyle does a fantastic job of telling the story. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, any age. It is very entertaining and hooks you from the beginning. My children from age 6 and up loved it too. I have listened to it several times now and it gets better every time.

    A must read for Fantasy Fiction fans. Dont forget book 2, Eldest, after reading this one. It was just as good!!

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    Michael Mount Juliet, TN, USA 11-03-05
    Michael Mount Juliet, TN, USA 11-03-05
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    "A great listen"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. If you like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, you will like this.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Mackiewicz 04-22-04 Member Since 2011
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    "A good read, even if similar to other in the genre"

    This was a fun book to listen to, and caught my interest for quite a while. The book isn't consistently gripping - the beginning plodded along for me, but by the time Eragon hit the road, it was more fun to keep up with. From the minute they introduced it as "Inheritance, Book 1", I figured there would be a sequel, but I was still a little surprised at how quickly the book ended. The Hollywood-style setup for the next book seemed like a quick fix to end it.

    I've read a lot of comments regarding how much was lifted from other books in the genre. I'll grant that there are some strong similarities to what's out there: a variant of dragonriding (McCaffrey), blue rock-like things that mark your palm (Eddings), but then I think the comparisons get a little unfair. Yes, there are dwarves, elves and dragons, and yes, Tolkien has them in his books. But so do a lot of other people who have written about them, and you see many similar traits regardless of the author - dwarves hacking stone underground, elves being thin, quiet, strong, and longlived. Some features are just elements of other stories that you'll find anywhere else - a bond between the main character and an animal, the older mentor with a similar past. Paolini has put many of these features together in a way that makes for an interesting story, and is set in an interesting world that I'm looking forward to reading more about.

    The writing style _is_ simpler than other authors. Paolini _is_ a teenager, and soon enough, he'll be older, continue to age, and no doubt become a more complex writer as he learns more. I think this is an interesting station at which to hop on the train, and see where he ends up. I'd recommend it as a good fun audiobook, keeping in mind that it won't necessarily be complex and that the descriptions get a little overdone, especially in the beginning. Looking forward to book 2 and the improvements to his writing style he'll likely bring.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Hammond, IN , USA 01-17-04
    Paula Hammond, IN , USA 01-17-04
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    "Fun fantasy but ending leaves you hanging"

    This is a nice book to read/listen to for its adventure and fantasy. It has all the elements - potential love, fighting, mystical creatures and a coming of age. However, when coming to the end of the book, the reader/listener finds that there are many unanswered questsions, i.e. it is book one in a series (if the writer continues it) and so one is left hanging on some basic questions that have been posed since the beginning of the book. My personal feeling is that this was a great deal of time spent listening to a book that is not completed but only hints at a possible book to come. The ending is something like a teaser for a new movie...stayed tuned to what happens next. I find myself feeling a bit cheated. It is worth the read/listen as long as you know there that this is a serial story that is not concluded with this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 01-16-14
    Dennis 01-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Great story!!"

    This story takes me back to my young age (late1930 to early 1940)! The "Let's Pretend" radio show that I almost never missed!

    It is a wonderful tell should NOT be MISSED!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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