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 was first introduced to this story when my son read it voraciously. He couldn't wait for new books to come out and bought them when they were hardback. This made me wonder if it was just a Kid book or would I enjoy it.
If you enjoy the classic adventure with heroic deeds, you will enjoy this book.
I love the nariation of the book and the way Gerard made every work interesting, but the only thing i did not like was the way he portrayed the dragons voice i found it did not suite her very well. Over all it was really good :)
For such a young author his imagination is very impressive. He keeps the story flowing at a constant even pace and never found myself wandering from lack of interest in the story. The author is very descriptive when introducing characters and the environment around them. I had little difficulty getting a picture in my head of what the characters or the world around them would have looked like.
If you like sword play mixed together with magic, dragons and other creatures, this is definetly a book for you.
I actually own all of the books of this series on CD, wanted them downloaded to my IPOD so purchased them again, and downloaded the books. I have listened to this book over 10 times. It is a great book. I am amazed that the author is so young. My young children have listened to whole series several times. I really place this series right up there with the Harry Potter series. Buy the book, and prepare for many hours of enjoyment. Plots only get better as the series progresses.
this book is very interesting and i love how its told like a story, keeps you wanting to come back to it...listing to it my 2nd time around , its like a great movie , you can listen to it over and over. the narrator also makes it interesting you can see things happing in your mind with a good imagination.
Elves, dwarves, and dragons fighting for freedom from an evil king and searching for an unlikely hero to save their world ... a fantasy lovers dream!
Gerard Doyle does an amazing job with the characters' voices. I love how each character has his/her own voice. Of course, Christopher Paolini did an awesome job creating them!
Although it is true there are a few parts that are a bit verbose and you find yourself rewinding because you dazed off or started daydreaming, the book is very interesting once you get into it and start to discover each of the characters. Besides alot of books have a few boring parts!
Fast forward if you must but if you love dragons and dwarves and elves, then don't miss this incredible book!
I have also seen the movie, Eragon, and although it is visually pleasing with its computer graphics and follows the main essence of the book closely, it is not as entertaining as the book itself. Happy Reading!
I'm a huge fan of Robert Stanek's "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" and I decided to pick this up to see how it would compare. I'm pleased to say "Eragon" met my expectations. It's a pretty good story and one I would recommend.
Open up your eyes young one
This book is already well known. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for some great fantasy tales. If you have seen the movie and liked it then you will love the book.
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