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)
Akin to the Lord of the Rings triology, it gives us a glimpse into a new adventure with its own history and characters and purpose. Well written and kept me interested throughout. The narrator is very talented in creating unique voices and makes the characters enjoyable and interesting.
PLUS: it's safe for kids.
This book was incredible! For any fantasy reader, this book creates an entirely different world filled with magical creatures, masterful adventure, and phenominal storytelling. I would say the book is a combination of Star Wars (episodes 4,5,6), Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. It is very well written and this audio version is one of the best I've heard! My only complaint is that the book left me wanting more!
If you love fantasy, you'll love this book. It has a LOTR feel because of Eragon's quest. The author's description of surroundings, people, animals and 'majik' is so involved and realistic that it places the reader RIGHT THERE in the midst of events. The reader is given the chance to grow and learn with the characters. And, the characters will grow on the reader!! I love books, but WOW!!!, this would make an awsome movie!
This is now my favorite book! From beginning to end the story grabs you and you will not want to stop listening. This is a must have book to unwind and relax as the author and narrator take you on great adventures. We can't wait until part two and three come out!
There is potential for this author, but in my mind he is borrowing concepts and even characters from elsewhere.....Elves, Dwarfs, Eregon...."Lord of the Rings: And the dragon reminds me of Anne McCaffrey's dragons. The author needs to polish his style a bit, and get a little more original. The talent is there it just has to be developed. I may not be being totally fair as just before listening to this book I had read Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time series.
Download this book. You won't be disappointed! I couldn't wait to get back in the car to finish listening to the book.
While there were a few things left to tidy up, the story line was engaguging and well thought out. It was a joy to listen to, listen as the characters developed, even if several of the characters fit somewhat archtypical roles. I can't wait to see how this series develops.
My husband and I listen to tapes while driving to or from vacations. this was quite enjoyable. When we got to our destination we found ourselves going around the block or looking for places to go so we could continue to listen! We are looking forward to the next one!
I have to say that even though I am over "40" I enjoyed listening to this story and upon finishing wanted to continue with it. Of course, I found that the 2nd book has yet to be completed but I hope that it is soon so that I can go forward. I am impressed with the authors ability to grab all ages. If you want a beginning and end in one story you will not enjoy, but if you enjoy a journey and keep your mind open, you will definitely enjoy.
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