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  • Eldest

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,209

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You see growth in the Author

  • By Theodore on 01-09-13

Very well written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Loved the book for the depth of character in the people. The struggle to find peace in struggle and the bonds created through struggle. great addition to the series.

  • The Thirteen Hallows

  • By: Michael Scott, Colette Freedman
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

They are 13 ancient treasures: mysterious, magical, infinitely powerful, with the potential for great good... or absolute evil. The legends of some of the Hallows are well known - Arthur’s sword, the Grail Chalice, the Stone of Scone - but most of the others have been lost in the mists of antiquity. However, the 13 Hallows survive, protected by hereditary Guardians who can trace their lineage back to the age of Arthur and beyond. The Hallows have been used time and again in the battle with the Demonkind who once ruled this earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The metallic smell of blood... over and over...

  • By Peter on 12-13-11

Not what I was expecting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Would you listen to The Thirteen Hallows again? Why?

I am torn on wethere I will listen to this book again or not. Though it is not written for younger audiences I find that the added adult themes are a bit overly present. The writing and story telling are high quality but tend to dwell to much on the dreggs of society.

What did you like best about this story?

I found the underlying story of the book very intreeging and intereesting. I enjoy it when authors include history in the story they tell even when the history is myth and legend based.

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

Kate is a good reader and her vaoice tone and acting ability fit the story very well. She adds depth and emotion to the book that help the reader/listener understand what is happening.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

N/A not sure I would want to see this a theator.

Any additional comments?

Not a book I would recommend to youth. I am a big Micheal Scott fan and have enjoyed much of his past work. This books adult edge is a bit of a turn off for me but others may enjoy that edge tot the book.

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  • Inheritance

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,335

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

  • By Robert on 05-10-12

Good book with a weak ending.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I am a fan of both the Narator and the author of the Inheritance Cycle. This is the climactic ending of the series (for now).

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

I would have fixed the ending. I think that the author instead of letting the story flow to it's natural conclusions forced the ending to fit the forshadowing from the previous books. It felt very contrived instead of the natural flow the rest of the series has.

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

I have both read and listened to the book and find that I enjoyed both experiences. Gerald Doyle is a master story teller that brings to life the characters and the setting of the book. He fits the emotions of the characters into his story telling beautifully that helps you care and imerse yourself into the characters wonderfully.

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

There are scenes in the book that pull out strong emotion and people are put under extreme circumstances that must be addressed and delt with.

Any additional comments?

After finishing the book and talking to friends and family that have also read the story I find that most people are in agreement that 9/10 of the book is fantastic but that the end leaves the reader confused and a bit let down. I still recommend the book to all readers of Fantasy as it is a strong story line and good writing and story telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magyk

  • Septimus Heap, Book One
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here. The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads listeners on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By Emiko on 08-10-09

Good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-12

What did you love best about Magyk?

I like the approach the auther took to the subject of magic and how it helps tie in with the fate of the characters involved.

What other book might you compare Magyk to and why?

I found that this book reminded me a little of the Diane Duane

Which scene was your favorite?

When we learn the truth about who the characters really are.

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

I found a few of the situations humerous and you become attached and care about the characters in the book.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable book and a good start to the series. The book strts out a bit slower than I would have liked but then picks up good momentum throughout the rest of the series.