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)
I causally started listening to this book last week and was completely absorbed with it until I finished it an hour ago. While critics of this book have said that it has too many "borrowed" ideas from the classic fantasy writers, I found that it built upon the consensus reached by the writers of the genre very well.
The entrancing descriptions of the landscapes that Eragon has to traverse along with the depth of the political crises that moves the plot show that Paolini is more than just a "copy cat" fantasy writer.
Although I love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, in many ways I found Eragon to be much more vivid and complete in its plot (I always used to gripe about how Gandalf was a helpless for a powerful wizard). I can't wait for "Eldest" to come out!
This had many of the typical fantasy characters but I still really enjoyed it. While listening to it, I even enjoyed my long commute! I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
This book is the best book I?ve ever read. Every part of it is described very fascinating! I was crying because I loved it so much! I asked my dad if Christopher Paolini would write more. ?Definitely?, he said. ?Are you sure?? ?I promise.? I usually sit with this long book and read chapters by chapters with great love and endless joy. It?s like you?re in the story, imagining everything the author wrote: the dragons, elves, and dwarfs all the fantasy I just can?t stop reading. I?ve read this book 3 or 4 times and I?ve never got bored of it. This book is like treasure to me - the greatest treasure of all. If you haven?t read Eragon, this book is my best recommendation to you. Also, I can?t wait to read the continuation of Eragon!
I have listened to an awful lot of audiobooks, and, folks, this Reader is one of the worst ones. Notice how he continually uses the exact same inflections over and over again. It doesn't matter if an event is mundane or if it is life-threatening, the voice expressing it gives exactly the same amount of alarm. It brings the entire experience into a level of frustration.
The book itself however, I enjoyed very much. It is perfect for those just getting into fantasy, or those who enjoy a light fantasy without having to memorize too many places or names to understand the plot.
Bottom Line: you're better off reading this one in print
I decided to try this book on my sister's recommendation and I'm totally enjoying it. Not as complex as something like Wheel of Time, but it's refreshing to read a Fantasy story where you don't need a dictionary at the back to remember all the terms and details. A well written story that will totally encapture you if you love fantasy and dragons! The narrator is excellent as well. Looking forward to book 2.
This is the first fantasy book I've listened to and I think it's great. Definitely worth the credit. It's fast paced and written well enough. I guess it is kind of simple in plot but it's very enjoyable book. Didn't want to put it down. Don't listen to fantasy nerds out there.
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