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)
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
To determine if you should read this series, answer these two questions. (1) Do you like traditional fantasy? The kind that might have a noble death but not the kind full of gang rapes and torture. This kind has farm boys with heroic destinies. (2) Are you bothered by books that borrow strongly off of books written before them? in this case most strongly The Lord of the Rings. That is, will it be unbearably annoying to you that a book that is not LotR has elves who sailed to our shores in silver ships, and powerful silver haired wizards blowing smokes rings, etc. Or can you overlook that and enjoy a different story with similar world building? If you like traditional fantasy and can handle the similarities, then you can enjoy this series. On a side note: I disagree with those who think the dragon's voice should be more feminine. I like it the way it is - after all, even Eragon himself assumed at first that Sapphira was male. The voices are dramatized but I think it is done well.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
How can explain my feelings towards this book... First of all, let me say that this is my second read through this book, which i red few years ago.. going through it again made me wonder about few pointers.. Its a bit fast, not the story plot, but the development of the main character Eragon... having him from a kid who uses a bow and arrow and the ultimate and one of the best sword fighters in a year is a bit too much.. I think it would have been better if it was in the span of several years, not less than one year... It really could have been a two books thing rather than all packed in one... I don't want to talk too much about the things that I didn't like here as it might spoil the story, so will back off.
The story plot itself is fantastic, and as I already know what will happen, I do think that its a good series.
Narration wasn't bad, but maybe it could have been better in few ways.. but it was good.
You get to know all kind of characters in this series, and some of them tend to stand out and can't help yourself fro not liking them... You will understand what I mean when you see them.
I f you like the kind of book were beings from all sorts of places and magical creatures exists, then you will like this series, specially what will happen later on in the next 3 books and the story matures and the characters develop well.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
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!
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.
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.
Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.
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.
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.
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!
Ok, so this was not my favorite but I managed to get through all 16 hours… It was a fantasy book written by a 15 year old boy “genius” and he pretty much borrowed much from Anne McCaffrey, Tolken, Star Wars… It seemed pretty clich?d but had some interesting scenes all the same. The narrator was generally good but I got annoyed at the voice of the dragon, who Gerard made out to sound like a deep-throaty Yoda. I don’t really care to know what happens because we all know he gets the girl and saves the kingdom and probably becomes king… few surprises here.
If you are a 13 year old boys I am sure you would love this book. Maybe not the best for adults; but not the worst book either.
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