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 loved this book. I fell in love with young Eragon and enjoy being with him on his journey to manhood in the wild. He has a lot of obstacles and I sit and root him home.
I give the book four stars, despite being Star Wars. It's pretty clear that he used that movie as a blueprint once you think about it a little bit, but the book is really well written, so it's forgiveable. Don't let that aspect keep you from listening to this one - give it a chance, and you'll be intertained. LOTRs it's not, but if you're looking for an entertaining storyline, give this a listen
I was encouraged by several friends to pick up a copy of Eragon. I chose the audio version and was sorely disappointed.
My primary concerns are not with the book itself; it's a fairly good freshman effort from a rookie fantasy writer. My concerns stem from the audio narration. The accents used throughout the audio are irritating at best; inconsistant at worst. Even more troubling is that the "voice" used for the Dragon sounds like Sesame Street's Cookie Monster. I found myself distracted by the sound of the voice and frequently lost track of what the voice was saying.
It's a shame. I was looking forward to Paolini's second book in the series, but I don't think I can take any more of Gerard Doyle's narration.
This was a pretty inane book. The plot was mishmash of Tolkien, Star Wars and McCaffrey. As I listened to it, I would think, "Oh, that's Uncle Owen" and "Oh, that's Obi-Wan", and so on. Predictable, and mildly entertaining yarn.
Mr. Doyle's narration was the saving grace of this book. His complexity of voice characterizations kept my attention throughout the story.
This book left me wanting more; I kept wanting to sit in my car to listen to the rest of the chapter, and I only listen on my way to and from work.
It was paced rather nicely, and the narrator kept the voices the same throughout the telling of the story, which made it easy to pick up where I left off without too much confusion.
Eragon was a good, yet somewhat predictable, story that held my attention throughout the entire length of the recording.
This book is an enjoyable ride, made better by the reader's use of voices AND the many, many index points available in the book. I look forward to reading more in the saga, as well as reading other books from this young author.
I didn't know what to expect. My family all read it and said it was similar to Harry Potter books, but it wasn't. Although it was enjoyable it was hard to follow because of names of places and people. The narrator was good and easy to listen to.
ENTERTAINING TO THE POINT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PUT DOWN. LOTS OF TWISTS AND TURNS, GREAT WRITTING, IF HE'S NEW AT WRITTING IT WILL BE A LONG AND BENEFICIAL TO BOTH HIM AND OURSELVES.
LOVED THE BOOK.....
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