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
I felt like the narration exacerbated some of the over the top dialogue. Reading the novels it is easy to lose yourself in the emotion of the events and understand the anger and desperation. Somehow, hearing it read aloud just makes it seem absurd and took me out of the story.
It has been years since I read Brsinger and I was able to remember and fall I to the story within the first few chapters. The book is addicting and the ending is one I would agree with.
I recommend this and every book in the Inheritance Cycle. The writing maybe a bit drawn out, but the stories are engaging, the characters memorable and the world building amazing. It's a story that draws you in and the conclusion is satisfying, but also leave you feeling like you want more.
The growth of the characters seemed to reach their logical conclusion. Each person arch ended in just the way it should given their trials throughout the books and it was amazing to see an out of the box solution to defeating the major villains of the series.
He indeed brought the book to life, it was a very easy to get lost in his methodical and often times rhythmic voice. Every character got a bit of personality and his voice acting never wavered throughout the book.
*Spoiler* The death of the Queen of the Elves, Islanzadí was particularly painful and saddening. She was a strong character whose death moved me.
This is one of the best series I've ever read/listened too. I recommend it to any and all audible users, not just fans of fantasy.
This book just seems like there should be another book after it. The grand battle happened about halfway through the book and it wasn't that grand. That being said the story really good but there's so much you try to cram into the last book should've just wrote another one.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I love this series. Let me start by saying that right up front. I know that there are better writers out there, and that there are more involved and well thought out fantasy series, but I have to say that I really do love the world that Paolini created in these books. Furthermore, in my humble opinion, this capstone novel is the best of the lot, with the possible exception of the first.
The author fully came into his voice in this book, and had the characters so well defined and fleshed-out that this novel really rang true with me. I am not going to spoil anything for those of you who have not read this book by giving away any details, but suffice it to say that the way that Paolini wrapped everything up was quite masterful. There were some things that had to be cleared up in certain ways, and they were. But there were also some great plot twists and surprises that added to the enjoyment of this book. I found myself, about halfway through this book, not wanting it to end, and cherishing every page.
There are many detractors out there for this series, and there are those who did not like the way that the author chose to end the story, but I am neither of those. I felt that the finale was eloquent, intelligent, and highly satisfactory. I loved Doyle's narration as well, other than the way he chose to voice the dragons...especially Saphira. I have no idea how he could have done them better, but it seems as if there could have been a way.
I would love to hear that the author was planning to revisit Alagaesia, and check in on some of the characters in this series. I would be the first in line to had him my money.
I have read the Christopher Paolini's inheritance series. I would rate the overall series higher than this final book. I'm partial to the story for sentimental reasons. It's the kind of series that reminds me what it was like to be young, and to fantasize about adventures, long journeys and the coming-of-age.
I would have required the voice actor to deliver his performance to a test audience before moving to production. I cannot imagine any audience would approve of his performance of some of the characters in the book.
The audio performance was the worst experience I've ever had with audio fiction. This is hard for me to say. I don't know Gerard Doyle, and I don't prefer to attack another persons work. The fact is, I laughed--out loud, the first time I heard Gerard Doyle's voice for Dragons. I should have stopped listening. But I tried to push through it. I like this book for sentimental reasons.
Unfortunately, I never stopped laughing when he'd do a dragon voice. I don't dare listen where anyone else can hear. And I find myself turning the volume down on the car when I'm at a stop light. It is embarrassing.
This was just plain awful. I wish I could say this nicely; I cannot. I know Gerard Doyle's name now. I'll not by a single book that he performs. I don't dare to risk this experience again.
The content is worth it. The performance nearly killed me to listen to.
Character development was amazing you really go to know and like the characters
The opening of the vault of souls.
Gerard is a treasure to listen to he always does an amazing job getting the feeling of the book across that other narrators seem to miss.
When Roran is buried in rubble and Eragon races through the castle trying to find him. I like most scenes with those 2 in them.
I really wish we could see what happens to these characters as the new riders grow and how they develop. I would love to see who the mother and daughter are that help Roran and how they play into the story.
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