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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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    Sandra Monroe, NC, USA 11-07-03
    Sandra Monroe, NC, USA 11-07-03
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    "Utterly Awesome!"

    This was one of the rare books that so fully absorbed me that I forgot to worry or think of anything else. No "rewind because I've lost track" throughout the entire story. The author is very descriptive in creating the characters, enabling you to envision the events as they unfold. Equally as important, the narrator was more than excellent! While this type of fiction will never make a classic or provoke mind altering thought, if what you want is entertainment value, this is for you.

    146 of 165 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 01-07-13
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 01-07-13

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Good Start"

    Being the first book of a 4 part series, Eragon is a wonderful starting point. This is an exciting book to start out with. It teases in all the right places I find to have you look forward to the books going forward. The title as a whole was not utter perfection but was just good enough to keep me interested.

    The story itself was extremely interesting. The imagination that went into making this book and knowing the history of how this book came into being made it all the more an interesting title. I appreciate the fact that the book doesn't shy away from concepts such as death, love and sacrifice. The book is a pretty good experience all together, flows pretty well in general.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 02-23-04
    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 02-23-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Delightful and Enjoyable"

    I don't hate to admit that I'm over 50 and absolutely loved this book. I didn't want to quit listening, I was saddened to hear it end -- and already started looking for the next part. This was, in my mind, not written for any particular age group - it far transcends that. I've already recommended it to several others and even thinking about listening to it again (and again). I'm sure that the second time around I'll pick up something that I missed or didn't find significant the first time around.
    I've definitely formed my opinions on who I think the traitors might be - I'm on pins and needles until I find out.
    I highly recommend this book to any that enjoy a good book - I don't even think that most would find the characters that unbelievable.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 12-14-08
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 12-14-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Pleasantly Surprised"

    I watched the movie and wasn't impressed so I almost didn't get this book. I will agree with some of the other reviewers about the dragon's voice not being the best. I started listening to audiobooks with the Harry Potter series so I was spoiled to Jim Dale's talent. However, the narrator is one of the better that I've heard- and I'm really picky. Also, as a new mom, I'm trying to find books that aren't full of inappropriate language yet are interesting and stimulating for me. This book definitely meets the criteria. Especially impressed by the quality of the book when considering the author's age. Great book if you can get past the dragon voice!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Carmel, CA, USA 08-17-05
    Pat Carmel, CA, USA 08-17-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A wonderful listen"

    I absolutely LOVED it. Exciting, imaginative, and descriptive to the point of feeling the wind on your skin and smells of the ancient cities!

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    David rockvale, TN, USA 12-02-03
    David rockvale, TN, USA 12-02-03
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    "A Winner. Captivating from beginning to end."

    I downloaded this book mainly for my almost teenage son because it was written by a young man not much older than he is. I decided to go ahead and "screen" it first on my 2 hour daily commute and absolutely enjoyed it immensely. It is written in a simple, straightforward way and is filled with plenty of action and adventure. Besides "Envy", this is the other of my 2 favorite audiobooks I have listened to on audible so far. I can't wait for the next one in the trilogy.

    Download this book. It is masterful storytelling. You won't be disappointed!

    61 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Atlanta Russ Atlanta, Ga United States 11-14-06
    Atlanta Russ Atlanta, Ga United States 11-14-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    Over my 4 years of being a member here, this is one of the best books I have listened to! The author's writing style is superb, the characters enjoyable, and it is all made even better by the superb performance of Gerard Doyle's narration - one of the best I have heard, and in the same class as Frank Mueller, whom I sorely miss! I give this book the highest marks on all counts!

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    Nicole Mapleton, UT, United States 02-18-04
    Nicole Mapleton, UT, United States 02-18-04 Member Since 2004
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    "JRR Tolkien meets Anne McCaffery"

    Well, the author was only 15 when he started writing and for that young of age, I think he shows talent. With that said, I groaned as heard so many things that were so Lord of the Ring. Putting that aside, not having read Anne McCaffery and her dragonrider series, I thought the story was interesting in that respect. My husband and I did enjoy listening to it and I would recommend it. Lord of the Ring fans beware, it'll hurt your ears frequently. But don't pass it by just because of that, I look forward to the next book because the ending was abrupt. Just take the book for what it is, an budding work of a young man who loves fantasy. I think it's great that he's done what he's done. So give it a try. I actually think he did a great job in developing the story and characters. I think most people will enjoy this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 04-05-05
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 04-05-05 Member Since 2002
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    "I was skeptical..."

    But I am so glad that I listened to this book! What a great story... well written, good character development, great plot and action. I love fantasy, but a lot of it tends to border on the absurd, and mostly sounds pretty dumb when read aloud, but this book was fantastic. I will definitely listen to the next story when it comes out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 02-22-04
    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 02-22-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Not waiting for the sequel"

    When I found out that this book was written by a teenager, I was impressed. Until then I was mostly annoyed. I finished it, but I just as easily could have stopped in the middle. The similarities to Tolkein and McCaffrey bothered me, but the predictable plot and flat characters bothered me more. I won't be waiting for the sequel. One visit to this world is enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Falkenberg, Sweden
    3/18/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    2/27/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    godalming, United Kingdom
    6/20/11
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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