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)
To the ardent of Christopher Paolini's critics, concerning the originality of the book, I would say this... There are no new stories, only new story tellers. Paolini's vision although routed in many yarns is spun to a new beat, in refreshing tones. His use of vivid, yet strait to the point vision is refreshing, showing his comfort with story telling, instead of beating his reader with lengthy words (see Herman Hesse). The more graphic and unfriendly of details are brushed, yet left to the imagination making it as fanciful or disturbing as you want to make it.
After a brief adjustment, Gerard Doyle's voice and characters were easy to listen to. This story was a treat, which I would not hesitate to recommend to all ages.
a captivating story. the only bad thing about it was the fact that the story ended when it did. the wait for book 2 will be too long.
I love to read a well written book! Audible has made my life ever better by having process that allows me to enjoy a good book on the road!
If you are a SciFi person this is a book too read!
I am 37 years old and wasn't sure what this book was about. When I started listening I thought it was for young boys. Like Harry Potter this book is for all ages. I stayed in my car for hours to keep listening. It is an interesting story with many characters. I am hooked.
Ignore the few that said the authors age shows. It's a very well written book with an interesting plot and characters. It's no Tolkein but that's good if you ask me. Plus the author has a long life ahead to write many more. For those of you that like fantasy and lose yourself in a book, this is a great listen.
Being a fantasy book, I was wary of getting this title at first. I imagined the book would be full of strange and kind of nerdy dungeons and dragons metaphors that would be over my head. However, I needed a lengthy book to get me through a long drive. As soon as the story started, I was engrossed. The imagery and the intricate details were so vivid that whenever I had to leave my car, I couldn't wait to get back to driving so i could re-engage myself into the seamless storytelling. I forgot that I was listening to a fanstasy book, instead, I looked forward to telling my friends about what I was listening to so enthusiastically. The character of Eragon is not perfect. He has many flaws along with his heroicism. But it is his denseness,his selfishness, his vulnerability, that makes him more real and that much more appealing. As the story approached the end, I found myself pondering what the future holds for Eragon and his dragon. I am eagerly awaiting the second book. I guess I have reformed my ways and am a fantasy geek after all.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself disappointed that it was over. I felt that it was well written and the narrator does a great job with the subtleties of different character's voices. I'm looking forward to the next installment. One note of caution: I would not recommend this book for young children. This story has many violent war scenes with some graphic detail. Enjoy!
Are all the 5-star reviewers for this book on crack? Seriously, there is no objective way that anyone can claim that this is worthy of 5-stars. I can maybe see if some of the reviewers have never before been exposed to the concept of fiction, but if you've ever read a fantasy book before in your life, you will be DISAPPOINTED by this audiobook selection. If you enjoy plot or dialog, look elsewhere. I agree with others that one's money/book credits are much better spent on Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, or damn near anyone else than this audiobook.
I am definitely passing on the next one. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Shame on you , Listening Library!
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