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)
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
I have listened to the whole series and would recommend it to readers of all ages.
So I add my voice to the thousands that have already proclaimed this series praises.
It is an amazing book that was well read.
I loved his ability to switch between voices for characters. The only one I didn't like was Saphira. I always heard it in my head a soft stern womanly voice.
i have read this book multiple times but listening to a story teller makes it a new experience that gives the story a new meaning.
the relationship between eragon and saphira.
i liked gerard's voice and was a very good story teller although i did not like his voice for saphira at all, not his fault really but i would have liked a woman doing the voice to further the relationship between eragon and her.
i cry during this book because i know what happens in the end :(
great book one of my favorites!
I don't know how Christopher Paolini does it. Maybe it was his young imagination that first sparked this narrative, idk. All I know is that this is one of my favorite book series. The way magic is defined and used in this book seems logical once understood. In my opinion, no other high fantasy author has ever given such a logical or believable source of magic. Although there are some "cheesy" moments, throughout the book this book remains dear to my heart.
It took a little bit to get used to the style of the narrator, but once that happened I enjoyed how the tale unraveled. I found the story very intriguing. I am looking forward to the second book.
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