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Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 | [Christopher Paolini]

Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    David Bellevue, WA, USA 08-01-04
    David Bellevue, WA, USA 08-01-04
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    "A fly in the ointment"

    I found this a good solid fantasy book but it is no more unusual than hundreds of this genre. Fantasy novels have a predominant plot line....normal everyday person finds unusual power that saves the world etc. etc. This novel is just marketed better than most and if you love to read that basic plot again and again, this book is for you.

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    Len gig harbor, WA, USA 07-26-04
    Len gig harbor, WA, USA 07-26-04 Member Since 2005
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    "the best book"

    This book is amazing, i have read many books such as harry potter, WOE (wizard of earthsea)... this book is as good or better then harry potter and way outclasses WOE... The author gives enough informatin to invoke thought but not enought top give the book away. At the end of the book he leaves you thinking about the characters and how they will be later in the book. If you have not read this book i recommend you do so right away it is more then wortht he time spent listening.

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    Julie Springfield, NH, USA 07-20-04
    Julie Springfield, NH, USA 07-20-04
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    "Wonderful Fun!"

    After sharing the Harry Potter series with my children, I was looking for something we could listen to in the car. We all loved this book and can't wait for the next one to come out! The writing is incredible, the action just enough and the plot well thought out.

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    Wanda Creuse, France 07-18-04
    Wanda Creuse, France 07-18-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but..."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book but part of the enjoyment was the fact that I could listen to it in my car(I do a lot of driving). I suspect that if I'd read instead of listened to it I might have skipped to the end. The characters are well developed as is the overall plot. However, I was a little frustrated by the way that the plot didn't develop enough because of the constant 'attacks' against Eragon and co which came at moments when I wanted the plot to develop further. I felt that some of these incidents were there to pad out the book rather than to advance it. I would recommend it and am waiting for the next installment but in the audible version.

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    Jennifer Primrose Austin, TX USA 07-13-04
    Jennifer Primrose Austin, TX USA 07-13-04 Member Since 2002

    For me it is not the genre, but the skill of the writer to bring in a picture, an emotion, to make me laugh or cry, or fade into their words

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    "Dragons and Adventure"

    What more could you ask for? The narration is wonderfully done, You are brought into a different world and you quickly learn to listen, learn and remember - the story is in the details. Elves, dwarves, shades, werecats, famous swords, secret cities and wild adventures.

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    Sharon 07-12-04
    Sharon 07-12-04
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    "Endearing"

    Quite a lovely well told story. I just couldn't stop listening. The narrator was excellent and added so much to each character. The author has developed some very beloved characters in this story. Especially the dear wonderful dragon. Even though it was very long in the telling, it went very quickly and I can't wait for the next one in the series. I definitely recommend this one.

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    Mark Macomb, MI, USA 07-11-04
    Mark Macomb, MI, USA 07-11-04
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    "Not rocket science!"

    I don't understand why anyone would bash this book, I liked it for what it was... NOT what negative reviews think it's trying to be or should be. I highly recommend this book, BTW, the reader did a great job, I hope he does book 2.

    I listened to it through my IPod hooked into my car radio during two long weekend trips and it made the drive fly by. It was very riveting, although some of it was predictable it was very good. i can't wait for the sequel! C'MON ALREADY WHERE"S THE SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 07-03-04
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 07-03-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Thorough enjoyment"

    This was a well paced book with plenty twists to keep you interested. Looking forward to listening to the sequel.

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    Rebecca Las Vegas, NV, USA 07-02-04
    Rebecca Las Vegas, NV, USA 07-02-04
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    "Incredible, looking forward to the next book."

    Both my daughter and I listened to this book. We both came away wanting more. The characters are in full vivid color and the story holds you enchanted right up to the end. I rarely listen to fiction, but this was a supreme treat, and I am looking forward to hearing that the next book has been released. I will be one of the first in line to purchase it.

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    Eje 06-28-04
    Eje 06-28-04
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    "Loved it."

    Was looking for another book to do waiting for the next Robert Jordan book. Wanted a fantasy and I'm sold I finished this book last night and I am now looking for another book. When I heard the end of the narration stating it was the end of book one got very happy because that means there should be another one.. To my dismay I did not find book two here on audible. Looking forward to next book can hardly wait.

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