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)
Not regurgitating a mix of fantasy writers? I know what would have made my experience better, if I hadn't known of anystories by Tolkein, Ursula Le Guin, Raymond Feist...
Even if this were totally original, how does some bumpkin become a master swordsman in just 6 months? Over that time he also becomes proficient at reading, magic and riding a horse all while busy running for his life.
I'd be willing to suspend my disbelief if Eragon were an interesting protagonist, but he's just a self centered dumbass that thoughtlessly uses his friends as tools to pursue women he's interested in.
"Worst book franchise in modern history" is a slight overstatement, I've qualified it with "Worst dragon book franchise in modern history"
No!! Well, he is only 16, maybe in a decade.
He made the dragon (a girl dragon) sound like a mix of Yoda and Fat Albert. Otherwise it was a good show.
Incredulity with some laughter (like when you laugh at the campy dialogue in a B movie)
How is this so popular? I understand he was 16 and his parents published it for him initially, but why did a major publisher pick it up?
This book had me wondering if I would enjoy it because of the movie. But someone told me the book was different from the movie and the are more and even better battle scenes in it I went ahead and got it. This book was far more entertaining than the movie and not as much a children stary as the movie lets on to be.
I enjoy fantasy books. This book was extremely shallow in terms of depth of character development. Furthermore, the story is just uninteresting & slow. I have never written a negative book review before, but I was so disappointed by this book, I felt I must warn others.
The narrator was not believable as any of the characters in this book. In fact, he sounded like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street whenever he talked like the dragon in the book. His narration was so poor, I ended up not finishing the book. I ALWAYS finish books that I start to read - except this one!
I would not recommend it, because the writing is clumsy.
I enjoyed the narration, it was the writing that I did not enjoy as much as most. It felt a bit overworked, like the person writing it was not confident in they're story. The dialog lacked a feeling of true-ness. It was more like listening to a D&D dungeon master describing the steps of a game than a story. I'm not mad at the story, and if I was on a long road trip and was given the next books in the series, I'd listen to them. But I will not buy the other books, I don't care enough to find out what happens to put up with the writing.
I think the reader does a good job acting out the characters and trying to breath life into the dialog. I don't think I would have read past the second chapter if I was reading the book.
That's a tough one, I listen during my commute so my "yes" might not be worth as much. It was better than most morning radio shows :-)
when the first time he learn magic
it's a shame that a now a day writer use modern word into a well past creation (miles, titanic, hours)
I bought this to listen to with my kids (ages 7 & 9), but I got hooked and finished it before they were half done. Now I'm on my second listen and am appreciating details and nuances that I missed the first time.
The story is a little too complex for my younger child. We have to stop and talk about the story for her to fully understand what's going on.
Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance Cycle" starts off with this excellent novel; I have very little to complain of concerning the actual writing of the book, except perhaps a certain stiffness to the wordingin its vocabulary, as if it had been written with a thesaurus close at hand. These technical issues, however, interfere only a little with the unfolding of what is really a brilliant tale. In this interpretation by Gerard Doyle, it maintains its power, and with a few very particular exceptions, is very well read. I enjoy the voices for nearly every character; Doyle is able to capture their personalities very well.
There are a few exceptions, however.
Remember how the new voice of Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies was one of the few elements that could really get annoying? That raspy voice works fairly well for brief parts - it's great for use with highly individual characters we only meet briefly - but in this reading, that voice is given to the dragon Saphira, as well as to the werecat Solembum. The voice makes them dramatically different from characters of the other races, to be sure, but in a way which does not suit them and which becomes grating on the ears after a while.
My only other problem with this recording comes at the very end. For those who haven't actually read this fine book, I won't say specifically what happens, but someone decided to put some music in over the voice of one of the characters and give it a lot of echo. I might not complain if this were a device used more often in the book - if, for example, the way of differentiating Saphira from everyone else were simply a small echo, it would work well. However, the presence of music, and the fact that this is not done for any other character anywhere in the book, makes the device quite jarring.
Issues with the production aside, I do think that the writing wins out over those few issues which do appear, so while I am not so much a fan of the way the book was read, Doyle does manage to carry Paolini's story fairly well.
In my opinion, this book, and series, is so much better than Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. If you listened to, and liked, any of those books, you will love this series. The story is great, the narration if perfect, and the imagery is clear.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
If you like story's about dragons and swords,this is the book. I thought this was a kids book,it's not. This series is great for all ages,it's good from start to finish. I've read the reviews the second book is better than the first,I don't know how you can pull it off but I will read it and let you know...If you have watched the movie and read this book this is how you know that most books are better than the movies.
Yes I would. The characters, the magic system and the interaction with dragons is some of the best creations I've come across in fantasy novels.
The other books in the Inheritance cycle because there is nothing really like this series out there.
When Eragon and Saphira begin to interact.
Get the entire series it's amazing.
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