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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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    Frank kristiansand, Norway 03-19-11
    Frank kristiansand, Norway 03-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Derivative, so what?"

    Having spent my teen years reading and listening to fantasy books, from Tolkien to Rowlings, Terry and Pratchet to Robert Jordan, this book stink to high heavens of other peoples ideas, and so what? Every fantasy book is derived from Tolkiens works and his was inspired by Beowulf and the Bible. If an author only could be original then there would be no more new books written. Paolini takes good ideas from his forerunners and amalgamates and expend them and creates a well thought of and highly consistent world in which i puts magic, monsters and a feeling of realism. His protagonist Eragon goes from the boy to the warrior and in this book we get to experience this with Eragon. Paolini's way of telling the story is modern and detailed. He writes in a way that are of the same quality as, but with higher readability than, J. R. R. Tolkien.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 11-06-09
    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 11-06-09
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    "Good book. Great relaxation tool."

    This was a really good book and well read by the narrator. Honestly, I just was not that into it. I kept daydreaming and couldn't focus. Maybe Gerard Doyle just has a soothing voice & I was being hypnotized. Maybe it's just me. Good for kids, although I would guesstimate kids 12 and up because it is a complex story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 08-19-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, Great narration!"

    This is a great book for all ages and all time. People who enjoys reading fantasy would definetly enjoy this one. The narration was perfect, the voice of Saphira really did sound like a dragon. I agreed that the book is much better than the movie, the movie was a mistake. The literature was impresive too, better than most teenage book such as the twilight saga.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin L. Price Central florida 06-11-09
    Kevin L. Price Central florida 06-11-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Imaginative and enjoyable"

    Well structured and intersting story. Nothing like the movie and thats a good thing. The accidental hero plot is getting a little worn for me even though this is well done. Narration is good except for the dragons voice. Happy with the purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chad R Cameron 05-23-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    I admit that this was my first audiobook, but I was SO impressed with the quality of the narrator(not to mention the wonderful book itself)! I had seen the movie, but heard the book was better (which is so often the case) and this was the perfect way to fit reading it into my busy schedule! Wonderful book & great narrator!

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    Denise Woodbine, KY, USA 05-10-08
    Denise Woodbine, KY, USA 05-10-08
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    "A wonderful book!"

    I absolutely loved this book! It was beautifully read and well written. It is a great book and a hard one to turn off!

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    A WinnipegScotland 07-19-05
    A WinnipegScotland 07-19-05
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    "Recommended -- but with reservations"

    This is a "young adult" book. Don't get me wrong, that shouldn't prevent you from getting this book if you are over 18, but there are better young adult fantasy Audible books out there, Inkheart comes to mind. This book relies heavily on the mythology of Tolkien, so if you have read LoTR you might roll your eyes at how derivative it is. That said, if you love anything along those lines, this is your book. However, it read as if the author had a checklist of Tolkien characters and locations and was making sure they all got a place in his book - it was a little ridiculous and for some it might just be annoying. The last problem I had was this book is that it is Book ONE of who knows how many (I didn't realise that when I bought it), so when the book ended I was left with an empty feeling of half-finished stories, loose ends, and just a general lack of fulfillment for the 16 hours I invested. However, after all the things that were disappointing about this book, it had one major plus -- the narrator did a fantastic job. He was a wonderful reader for a book with many characters. In fact, it was the narration that made this book worth the credit. A less talented reading, and I would have given this book 3 stars at best, but the narrator pushed my rating up to 4. Will I read the next book when it comes out? Maybe, if it is read by the same reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-23-05
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-23-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Entertaining Story"

    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!!

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    Glenn Pagosa Springs, CO, USA 05-26-05
    Glenn Pagosa Springs, CO, USA 05-26-05 Member Since 2000
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    "Great Book"

    First, I am glad to say I havent seen Eragon being badly bashed here as in other places. I really liked the book, although the plot is pretty typical. Actually I loved it. Although things seem to be ripped from RObert Jordans wheel of time series and the master of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien, they are presented here with slight changes. Tee link between jordans Aes Sedai and Warders is very similar to the link between dragon and Rider, or so you think, but after a couple pages something changes that shows Paolini's own ideas. As I said there are typical fantasy plots and characters, for example Urgals(Eragon)/Trollocs(Wheel of Time)/Orcs(Lord of the Rings) and the Shade(Eragon)/Forsaken(Wheel of Time)/Nazgul(LOTR)but then again its fantasy and these seem to work out fine, perhaps even intentionally or not tongue in cheek.
    However Eragon works through these admirably and is a great book none the less. Cant wait for eldest.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Allenstown, NH, USA 05-07-05
    Mary Allenstown, NH, USA 05-07-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing"

    Eragon is an Amazing book. Christopher Paolini created a fantastically captivating drama that fully captures your imagination. Cant wait for Eldest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Johan
    Falkenberg, Sweden
    3/18/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    2/27/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    godalming, United Kingdom
    6/20/11
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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