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.
"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)
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!!
This is really a fun book. It is full of adventure and keeps the listener riveted. The reader is also quite good.
The story was more related to magic spells akin to Dungeons and Dragons or Harry Potter as opposed to what I'll term "sorcery", as in Lord of the Rings. The only negative of the story was the whiney, mamby-pamby nature of the main character, Eragon. His character is definitely not the making of a traditional hero. You continue to hope he evolves in this regard, but never does.
Again, overall, I really enjoyed the story and the reader. I will DEFINITELY be waiting for the sequel due out in August!!
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.
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.
Being a fan of fantasy, I very much enjoyed this Book, it was great. It had all the details that hold your interest. i never wanted to put it down! This Book doesn't have alot of in depth surprises around the corner, however the book is not lacking for it. The Charachters are easy to identify with and the story flows well.For readers like myself who simply want to enjoy a well told story, this one is a definate jewel and i can't wait for the next installment!
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!
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!
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.
I adored this when it first came out and have read it multiple times since. Seeing it was on audio made me extremely happy and I saved up my credits to get all 4. Well, listening to this made me love the book all over again! On reading it, the Dwarfish language and unfamiliar names had me skimming those bits, but actually hearing it out loud was amazing!
Gerard Doyle was phenomenal. This guy can preform!! His range of tones and voices for each character was truly impressive and he brought this book alive. Though if I had one complaint, and it was tiny, it was that I wanted Saphira to sound a little more female, though I did love how he made the Dragons sound!!
A Brilliant story brought to life in the best way by an exceptional narrator.
"An epic journey"
As I've read the Eragon book a couple of years ago I thought that it would be fun to re- listen to it as I travel a lot. Just as I remember it, although the characters suddenly had voices!
The worst complaint I can come up with is that there is some void holes when Eragon is traveling, they can travel for over a couple of days without neither Eragon or his companions will say/ do anything but travel, and travel only. They do not speak, they do not chit- chat, they do not rest or anything as far as I'm concerned.
Although the narrator wasn't the best I think that he still tells the story very well and I'm looking forward to the release of the second book!
I still recommend this audiobook very strongly as it is a very intersting universe and story. The magic is very complicated and many characters are myseries and interesting. The enviorment description is sometimes rather thin and short, but that makes it up to you to imagine how the enviorment looks.
"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!
"An very exciting book!"
Bought for my 9 yr old who has been glued to my iPod most evenings listening to it. Thoroughly engaging and brilliantly read. Doyle really brings the book to life and has a great feel for the characters. For this series the monthly credits just don't come around quickly enough. Highly recommended
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