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)
Stephen King fanatic, but I also like all Horror writing. Big fan of Fantasy writing too
I honestly cant say it is the best set of books I've listened to, however it ranks up there in the top 20%. (since I have over 200 books in my audible library that is a pretty high percentile).
I loved his first flight on Sapphira into the mountains.
I can't really say what he added to the experience other than I do like the way he reads.
I'm too late on that. There is already a Major Motion file of it.
I got this book on a whim, since I like the Dragon (Fantasy) books. I'm very glad I did.
I would listen to this book again because the story is riveting and the narration is great. This is a major funfilled start to a what I hope is a great series.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
i love this book and i cant wait to read the next 3 you will not be disappointed. this storyline is put together very well, and now im looking forward to my long commutes just to find out what happens next. A+++
Eragon is a must read for anybody who enjoys dragons. The author does a great job of bringing out the superior attitude that a creature as majestic as a dragon is entitled to have. Each book in the series leaves you craving the next book.
I am a visually impaired Game of visually impaired photographer and possibly visually impaired entrepreneur I also love technology
One of the top books I halve ever read. The detail is amazing.
Brom. He was a pretty cool guy
I believe I finished this book in 16 hours, or one day
WHole series is good
The book is exceptionally read by the narrator. The books content is fun and exciting and kept my interest all throughout the story. I absolutely am enchanted by this book and plan on reading the entire series.
I love Saphira the dragon! But I also love Eragon and the relationship they have started in Book 1.
No. But I will!
It kept me from making dinner more than once as I was engrossed in the story!
Highly recommended for all ages from teens to the elderly!
The fast paced action and the slow paced drama
Long but short
I haven't listened to any of his work before
Yes very action pack
Eragon was an entertaining read... BUT... it was definitely aimed at a younger (teen) audience. The plot was simple and had some holes in it, which made the story less plausible at times. Still worth listening to, just remember the audience that the author wrote it for and you'll enjoy it! The narrator was decent but I didn't care for the voice he used for Sephira. I think the narrator tried to make her voice sound reptilian, (which he succeeded in) but I still think the "voice" Gerard Doyle gave her sounded too masculine.
Its a perfect compliment. I like to listen in the car or while doing yard work then pickup in the book when I can. For a Busy father of 3 its the perfect way to read and I feel I get a richer experience.
I did the same thing thru the entire Wheel of Time series and love reading it straight thru.
Rich characters - does not get bogged down at any point. the relationship that develops between Eragon and Saphira
His voice is perfectly appropriate for the tale.
Its perfect - it is a fast tale but you feel like you experience a wonderful journey making you wnat more.
A number of folks on the forums complain that it parrallels Star Wars too much. I have to laugh because I remember when I first saw Star Wars, the Nay Sayers complained about how much it took from Arabian Nights and others. Its just a Great Books with some some familar touches but its its own story.
"An epic journey"
As I've read the Eragon book a couple of years ago I thought that it would be fun to re- listen to it as I travel a lot. Just as I remember it, although the characters suddenly had voices!
The worst complaint I can come up with is that there is some void holes when Eragon is traveling, they can travel for over a couple of days without neither Eragon or his companions will say/ do anything but travel, and travel only. They do not speak, they do not chit- chat, they do not rest or anything as far as I'm concerned.
Although the narrator wasn't the best I think that he still tells the story very well and I'm looking forward to the release of the second book!
I still recommend this audiobook very strongly as it is a very intersting universe and story. The magic is very complicated and many characters are myseries and interesting. The enviorment description is sometimes rather thin and short, but that makes it up to you to imagine how the enviorment looks.
"Very good series"
I read the first two books of the series 6 years ago and liked them, but since the series was not complete then and I don't like reading a volume every 2-3 years, when I no longer remember the details, I waited for the last two to be out and then started again with the first volume. I'm just about to finish the last one and... no matter how it will end, I already know I love this series and I will read it again several times in years to come.
I love the way the dragons are portrayed, I love the world the author created, I wish I could visit and meet all the characters... Someone mentioned their child loved it. Well... I'm 35 and I loved it :) I would venture to say they are not for children, though. Teens, yes, but they are scenes of cruelty and torture and... that's not for children.
These are serious books, very well written. Wisely written, I would say, since they really contain lots of wisdom, in nuggets and... spread throughout. Buy and enjoy, they are well worth your credits!
"An very exciting book!"
Bought for my 9 yr old who has been glued to my iPod most evenings listening to it. Thoroughly engaging and brilliantly read. Doyle really brings the book to life and has a great feel for the characters. For this series the monthly credits just don't come around quickly enough. Highly recommended
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