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Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 | [Christopher Paolini]

Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

©2011 Christopher Paolini (P)2011 Listening Library

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    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-05-12
    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "ENJOYED EACH & EVERY MINUTE OF IT! SUPER LISTEN!"
    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    What can I say? I loved EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. Gerard Doyle is one of the very best readers I've ever listened to, and Christopher Poalini is a genius! I am really looking forward to more of his work. Sad to see this series end, but life must go on!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inheritance?

    How could I pick? Every minute of it was spell binding! I couldn't stop listening until it was done!


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this series has been the best so far. Although, I love his voice, his ability to change for the different characters and make it all sound so perfectly real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Just about! I had difficulty putting it down to even get some sleep. I carried my iPod around with me all day while I did my other work. I think it took me only 2 days to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment was the end without Eragon & Aria getting together. But, alas, I am the extreme romantic!

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    Alan Yuba City, CA 03-02-12
    Alan Yuba City, CA 03-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.

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    "The worst of the four books"

    Its really unfortunate how badly done this book was. Everything seemed to contrived and none of it really flowed together well. The best part is the fight Roran has with a new bad guy, but once that part is over the rest is pretty weak.

    The reader did a good enough job, but I find his voice a little whinny.

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    Sharon Spring, TX, United States 02-17-12
    Sharon Spring, TX, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "OK ending"
    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    It was good, followed the characters correctly, and the ending was as expected.(Which is a good thing in this case)


    What other book might you compare Inheritance to and why?

    Dune meets Tolkein


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was a little perturbed at the ending. It did not give some answers that would be required if this is the last book of Algaesia.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a read, you will have to trudge through some boring parts and do not get your heart set on having all questions answered and a clear future for all main characters.

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    James Freeport, ME, United States 02-16-12
    James Freeport, ME, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "not what I thought it was going to be"
    If you could sum up Inheritance in three words, what would they be?

    not what I thought


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great reader


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed, not as good as the other books. Seemed like he was just trying to finish off the story. After all the build up about the final battle, it was rather short and he spent more time on the after story

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    Carol F. Sunseri 02-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "No please don't go on!"
    Would you listen to Inheritance again? Why?

    Maybe but only the abridged version


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Let any of the main characters be happy in the end. I realize this is a sci-fi but really no one could end up happliy together not even one couple. Eragon being twenty something has never even kissed a girl and couldn't even kiss Arya goodbye. Ending stunk.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    magicians getting their heads cut off on the way to galbatorix chamber


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Very wordy. You can tell it was written by a very talented young man. Enfaces on Young with no romantic Experience except between the dragons and then they were only mating.
    I believe this was written more for boys who like history and fighting, no mushy stuff. lol

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-12-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Great Ending Albeit Slightly Predictable"

    I honestly enjoy most fantasy series. Christopher Paolini's was no exception. While his age was fairly obvious to me at the beginning of this series, by this book, he had developed into his own style as a mature, thoughtful author who had some obvious influences but had embraced his own idea of fantasy and was comfortable running with it.

    The one criticism I have of almost any fantasy book that followed Tolkien, is that practically by definition, they are formulaic. It is hard to break away from that. While Paolini didn't end this book completely without surprise, if you thought about where the story had to go, it was pretty straightforward.

    All in all, I think it was a great book with fascinating characters and a unique take on classic fantasy. Paolini is a talented writer and I look forward to his future works.

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    chris 02-10-12
    chris 02-10-12
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    "A proper if long awited end"

    I admit that I'm probably more than a little bias in this review. I have been with this series from the beginning. I loved the parts with Rorin. It really shows how the acts of normal people can make a difference in the world.

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    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-09-12
    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-09-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Why is the green dragon on the cover? Why?"

    I will say up front that I didnt finish. This book was supposed to be about getting the last dragon and Eragon getting a partner and Carbajal village getting a home and stuff like that. That was what I wanted, and having read the rest of the story I think I had solid reasons for my expectations.


    Well I listened until I couldnt stand the boredom any longer and then I started skipping around. We don't get to really meet the green dragon. Not really, its a cameo at best. In terms of the rest of the story there was nothing - literally nothing that held my interest.

    The first book was good - the second book was better, the third book was bad, and this one is worse, imho.


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    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 02-05-12
    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Editor"How many loose ends we can add?""

    I have listened to all of the Inheritance books, and held such high hopes for this book.... Sadly it did not deliver. Paolini has done such an amazing job is his other books, but in this one I think he fell short. It appears as though the editors in the other books said "sure put that in" to so many ideas, which left Paolini having to conclude them in this book. While saying, "While I hold a grudge against you, I decide not too take my vengance, because we have been building it up in 3 books, and I am just tired and lazy at this point.", is a conclusion, who really wants to read that? The editor should have said look, you have too many loose ends, do not create more, but what did Paolini do??? He created yet more! This book had the potential as did a continuing series, but this book left me uninterested in any continuation. To future listeners, by all means conclude the series, just do not hold high hopes.

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    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 02-03-12
    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 02-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "The "Inheritance" series is one of my favorites!"
    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    Gerard Doyle is superb in his performance! You do not even need him to tell you which character is speaking, you can tell just by listening.

    In this epic saga we finally get to meet the terrible Galbatorix. The culmination of a much speculated battle with all of the races involved. I loved this whole series, but I have to say my favorite book was Eldest when he changes and becomes more elf like. That is where I was a little disappointed in this last book because I wanted him to marry Arya. The ending was a surprise, but as he says in his interview afterwards, it leaves him open to a sequel.


    What other book might you compare Inheritance to and why?

    The entire series is as good as the hunger games and almost as good as Harry Potter.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry and my stomach churn at some of the horrible scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series, one of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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