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 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.
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.
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!
"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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