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 liked the character of Eragon with the dragon. Eragon seemed to be continually complaining and whining. A little too much for me.
I love books! Since I can't read when I drive, audible does it for me!
I love the characters and the storyline. I didn't care for how the narrator made the dragon sound and how whiny he made Eragon sound. I almost stopped listening, but my son has loved these books and begged me to stop listening and to just read the book myself. Since then, I am a fan... I love audiobooks, said to say I won't be purchasing the sequels.
I loved when Eragon realized that he was a dragon rider.
no... I'm sure he is great for a lot of books, but I didn't like the way he presented the dragon or Eragon.
Anyone can do anything.
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.
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.
Eragon was a great story delivered by an awesome narrator. This audiobook was NOTHING like the awful movie.
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.
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.
It wasn't a single moment, rather it was the steady building of the relationship between Eragon and Saphira.
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.
companionship courage growth
Eragon, his willingness to go beyond himself, to learn and care, simply his humanity.
A very pleasant voice that allows your reading experience to be about you and the story, not his reaction to the events.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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".
Rewrite the dialogue.
Great voice and brings the characters to life.
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