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)
This is I great story, I enjoyed it and I will buy all the books in this collection. I can not tell you if you will like it but I can say if you are still young at heart and love the use of your imagination then you will like this story. Eragon is wonderful, and even though the writer's favorite charater in Saphira, I truly like Eragon and I am a huge fan of dragon stories. I love the Dragon Lance collection by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss. If you want to be entertained you will like this story. Reading this I was able to picture what was happing in my mind I felt like I could see it with my own eyes. I enjoyed the narriation although I do think the voice for Sahpira is all wrong but I was till able to get past that. I write this review after I have already read the first 2 books Eragon and Eldest and I can not wait for the next one. The world these bring alive is wonderful and beautiful. The only thing better than reading this story and hearing the narriation is to see it on the big screen, I know I would watch it over and over. Thank you Christopher Paolini for keeping imagination alive. Never lose that tallent!!
I totally loved this book. I listened while at the gym. I worked out longer so I could listen longer. The narrator held my attention, what an excellent voice. I just purchased the second installment, can't wait to get started.
I hate to say this, but this was one of the books I just had to listen to even when I was not in the car. The narration is simply superb, and the story well-told. I did not find the obvious references to Tolkien a bother, as great books always stand on the shoulder of giants.
This story has definite echoes of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and to a lesser degree, Harry Potter, but it has its own unique aspects, too. I found the writing and narrator both to be MUCH better than "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches," which reviewers on this site were also raving about. No, Paolini hasn't yet achieved Tolkien's greatness (I'm fairly certain that Tolkien wouldn't have used the verb "morphed"), but he's come a lot closer than many! I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story.
This is an excellent story, very well read. I really enjoyed the voice of the reader as much as the book. I am eagerly anticipating the second book of this trilogy!
"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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