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Eragon Audiobook

Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-26-12
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Book"

    This was a fantastic book. A bit too descriptive sometimes but for the most part a great book. I did watch the movie after I read this book and before I started the second book. Wow, the movie was pretty bad in general let alone comparison of this book. The only thing I would prefer is if they were not quite so long, they get longer and longer as the series goes on. Otherwise great books.

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    Sheila 11-24-12
    Sheila 11-24-12

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    "Exactly what you'd expect for the genre"

    If you love books about dragons, elves and quests you will probably love this book. I liked it, but found it to be pretty much the "same old story" with no real surprises until you get to the (slightly cliff-hanger) ending. I am still undecided about whether I'll give the next book in the series a try or not, simply because this didn't leave me dying to hear what happens next like the books in "The Hollows" series do.

    To be fair, I'm often luke warm about the first book in a series since it can take a while to really get into the characters and their world. The author has to introduce everyone so you may not get into the really interesting details and side characters initially. That said, I also just listened to the beginning of a series that I felt was much more interesting and stronger than this (Switched by Amanda Hocking) so I can't totally let this book off the hook.

    Don't get me wrong, the book was good, just not as great as the other reviewers made it out to be. The narration was fabulous, but the story was just good in my opinion. I just found the plot to be "typical"....nothing really new or surprising. I've only read a few dragon books and even with that limited exposure I felt this plot was predictable and pretty much interchangeable with the others. There was no humor to speak of, which is something I really need in a book, though I know that's not important to everyone. I also really love quirky, interesting characters, which were in short supply here. To that end, I wish there had been more done with the fortune teller and the cat. To be honest, I think a series about them would be much more fun and interesting than this book.

    On a positive note, if you are looking for a book that you could listen to with your kids, this might be a good choice.

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    christopher 11-20-12
    christopher 11-20-12
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    "NOTHING like the books...an AMAZING story."
    What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

    Eragon was a great story delivered by an awesome narrator. This audiobook was NOTHING like the awful movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that this story was an incredibly detailed world, one that immediately dragged me in, causing me to burn through this book, and the rest in the series, often finding myself listening for several hours once I had gotten home.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gerad Doyle took a kickass story, and made it even better, he provided a wonderful experience that wouldn't have been received had I read the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It wasn't a single moment, rather it was the steady building of the relationship between Eragon and Saphira.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, totally unlike the debacle that was the movie. I wish they would actually turn this story into a movie, and far more closely follow the books.

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    Cassandra ST GEORGE, UT, United States 11-19-12
    Cassandra ST GEORGE, UT, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "great characters great story"
    If you could sum up Eragon in three words, what would they be?

    companionship courage growth


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eragon, his willingness to go beyond himself, to learn and care, simply his humanity.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very pleasant voice that allows your reading experience to be about you and the story, not his reaction to the events.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

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    Krystal Newark, NJ, United States 11-14-12
    Krystal Newark, NJ, United States 11-14-12
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    "Great read and listen! "Saphira's voice" turnoff"

    Read the book before listening to the audio version, Saphira's voice in the audio book threw me off completely. Not how i would expect a female dragon to sound needs to be reviewed! Book is very descriptive and good if you're into adventure.

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    Amazon Customer princes 11-01-12
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    "I see what all the fuss is about!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

    I loved, loved, loved the narrator! He did an expemplary job of voice fluxuations, tempo, and character changes. I am very much a D&D fan and this is very close to the original Tanis books I'm used to. Very easy to get lost in the narration and wound up in the story! Definately a must "read"!


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic! 1 - I loved his English accent! It really lended that little something to the characters to really teleport you into the story. 2- He can narrate all the characters so well, there's no questioning who's talking when. 3 - his pace and tempo are spot on! you can really feel what the characters are feeling through him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well there was a film made about this book and I am sorely disappointed in the producers! It does not give this book it's due.


    Any additional comments?

    I look far and wide for books I can get lost in and THIS definately is one to "read"! I am also in the middle of the 3rd in the series and I can tell you that there is excellent continutity between books. If you get this, you'll definately be in the market for the others!!

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    Kari 09-20-12
    Kari 09-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good first book for a young author."

    For the first book of a young author, its a good story for all ages. Its easy to follow and an intriguing read. Doyle is interesting to listen to, although some of the voices I wasn't a fan of. Saphira is just a gravelly voice without any hint of femininity. Why is Mur'tagh Scottish? I realize each performer can choose a dialect, but this seemed an odd choice. It is easy to listen to, definitely, but the style given for those two characters seem to be a rather odd choice. And seem to detract from the overall story in my opinion.

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    David Laveen, AZ, United States 09-10-12
    David Laveen, AZ, United States 09-10-12
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    "Mediocre"
    What did you like best about Eragon? What did you like least?

    Christopher Paolini has a great imagination and the underlying story that he has developed is really great. His problem (for one so young) is that his story is plagued with poor dialogue, and sections that are just extremely "elementary".


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Rewrite the dialogue.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice and brings the characters to life.


    Do you think Eragon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has 3...


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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-06-12
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Tolkien wanna be..."

    So many ideas ripped off from JRR that I found myself frowning everytime one popped up...but this did not derail the story for me. Tolkien's concepts worked in this story for me. Much better than some of the other LOTR rip offs...somewhat juvenile in the plot, but again...it worked for me. I liked the story, but don't plan to buy others in the series....so if you liked LOTR it is worth a shot, but prepare to be underwhelmed!

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    Joanna Collierville, TN, United States 09-03-12
    Joanna Collierville, TN, United States 09-03-12
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    ""Eh""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I was a fun story. It was a little long and sometimes the story drags, but the exciting parts make it worth listening to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Paolini? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but it wouldn't be my first pick.


    Was Eragon worth the listening time?

    It was a really long listen, but I would say yes.


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