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Darkness falls.... Despair abounds.... Evil reigns….

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 Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life....

©2005 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

What listeners say about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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Poor narrating

What disappointed you about Eldest - Part One?

The narrator. The story is brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saphira, but the Narrator killed her voice. It is supposed to be nice and pleasant sounding voice yet he gives her a gravely throat cancer voice which made me cringe every time she had a vocal line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerrard Doyle’s performances?

No!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldest - Part One?

N/a

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Dragon voices

Why does he make the dragon characters sound like they’re big, unintelligent, chain smoking bruts? Really distracting

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  • Neets
  • 07-16-18

Great but

This is a great title and story but I have one piece of criticism. I imagined that Saphira sound like a calm woman, not like a chainsmoker

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  • Magik
  • 08-16-16

Best book ever!!!!

This is the best book in the world and the guy who reads it is really good!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-18

My god the narrator is bad at dragon voices

More dragons = more awful accents. It’s just too gravelly to listen to comfortably. It’s a shame because his other accents are okay, but he’s overcommitted to an awful idea here

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

Chapters do not match

The chapters in the audiobook are a mess. They need to be reorganised. One chapter can contain two or three chapters with the last one being cut off and carrying onto the next ‘chapter’ according to audible.

Was annoying trying to sort it out while listening to it in between reads as I have the physical copy of the book.

Other than that, decent book. Just fix the chapter issues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-19

Child hood

The Inheritance cycle is where my love of the fantasy genre comes from and each book when I read them I could not put down. I have listened to them all probably 5 times on top of this as well, Gerrard Doyle’s voice is one from my childhood.

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  • dominic
  • 02-12-18

Again the Saphira's voice

As with the first book it is great! But again the voice for Saphira just doesn't fit.

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  • Zedzano
  • 07-06-17

Alright, will listen again

Well, i can say its all well read apart from the voices of the dragons and the werecats, in my opinion they are jarring and ugly where they should be powerful and impressive, it's akin to a tiger trying to roar but instead grunting like a pig. Once one gets used to that its perfectly brilliant!

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  • R
  • 06-02-21

Amazing!


Intrigued from the beginning I could not stop listening. I got my Nightowl , high noon and weekend warrior badges from listening to this book.

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  • Mrs G F Moss
  • 05-25-21

Outstanding storyline

I loved the storyline, great detail and there was a lot of interesting thoughts of the characters. Love how the book described Eragons emotions and thoughts even though sometime it does not tell us directly, you could just tell by the way it describes his facial expressions and body language. The reason I gave it 4 stars on the performance was because, I loved the voices (except the dragon voices) and emphasis put on words. Along with the range of vocabulary the narrator reads well. But the reason I took off one star was because after the first book and most of the second book the voice of the narrator can get annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

Not disappointed

Once again, Gerrard Doyle has brought this book to life. His symmetry of the characters was amazing. Really looking forward to the final book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Cookie dragon

The dragon voices are incredibly annoying, so much so that I had to stop listening to books that I adore. Do not buy this audio book! It will ruin the story, but the book or find one read by someone else

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

poor voice choices with some characters.

poor voice choices for female characters and dragons/monsters.
overall great storytelling and well paced.

awesome series!

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  • Zoe
  • 08-28-18

Great story; terrible narration.

the books are good. please don't let this dissuade you from the books:
This narrator is a joke. his dragon is, as someone said, a cookie monster interpretation. he mispronounced so many words it jolts the listener out of the mood. like 'trebuchet' does not have a hard T at the end!
alas that there is no other narrator for these books on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Saphirra's voice was gravely Yoda

got a handful of minutes in before I had to stop, usually I love this series and I'd deal with bad narration for the story, but Saphirra sounds like a gravely version of Yoda and by her second line I was completely done. I understand that some people prefer 'a proper dragon voice' but I'd always imagined her with a female voice, so it was a bit of a shock when I heard her speak 😂 otherwise, great story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Great story

So far the story is amazing. looking forward to picking up book 3. I just can't get my head around the voices for the dragons and demons. I'm not feeling it.
otherwise, very well done narration and story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-21

Great book

This was a really good book that I enjoyed listening to and found very interesting throughout the entire book. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

3.5☆ An excellent entry for new fantasy readers.

This is Paolini's first published work, and a nostalgic moment for my own reading/listening, as I (nearly 20 years ago) started to learn what I liked within the genre. Paolini's Inheritance series remains one of the essential "dragon rider" titles in what has long been a lifelong personal fascination. If your kids are into dinosaurs or dragons, swords and sorcery, I cannot recommend the series enough.
Mr. Doyle's narration is more than adequate, and in no way offensive. But, saying this, the recording also isn't exceptional by any means.
If I have any criticism, it is that Doyle often delivers tonal cues from adverbs that aren't present in the novels and this can make the performance seem "inspired".
Paolini pushes a bit of his own morality into a few scenes in this one, which older readers will brush off easily, but parents may reasonably expect a few impressionable kids/pre-teens to come out wanting to be vegetarian.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-21

great book

Wonderful story. Uncertain about Sapphira's voice, but endless joy is to be found in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

Terrible selection of character voices.

Fantastic book. Horrific audiobook. The character voices were consistently grating and off putting. If say perhaps 4 or 5 characters had a voice that was comfortable to listen to. The rest made it a real struggle to finish the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

chapter numbers are not the same as the book

I could not find the text of chapter 2, 3, 4, 8, 11-13, 15-16, and 20 in the book.