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Eldest

By: Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
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Publisher's Summary

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 Penguin Audio

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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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  • 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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  • Eh?
  • 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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  • Dawid Lewicki
  • 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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  • sandra edgar
  • 08-11-16

Eldsest

Very good book real like it as book 2of the set see what the next book like

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  • T DUFFY
  • 01-24-23

Love this story

This is one of my favourite stories to come back to. It really keeps me on the edge of my seat

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  • Kora Sifrer
  • 01-10-23

Amazing story, but the voices!

Amazing follow on to Eragon, but made painful again by the voices by Gerard Doyle and the pronunciation of the Dwarf “Schurgnine” is weird

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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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Terrible Narrator

The book is amazing, great story and plot. However the narrator dissuades you from reading. The dragon sounds awful and so many words are mispronounced. Book one narrator was great but he hadn’t narrated a full version of book 2. Overall great book but awful narrator

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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
  • 01-13-23

Amazing

This is the second book and as good as the first one. Can’t wait yo listen to the final two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-22

Great listen

Really enjoying this series and now that I have gotten used to the dragon voice quite like it.

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  • Chris
  • 12-01-22

Unbelievable

Wonderful second book! can’t wait for the next one to listen to. which i shall be doing now

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  • david
  • 11-24-22

Great story terrible narration

The story line is a classic and very enthralling
But it is let down by the narrator.
His character work is good but he’s made some bold choices on voices. For example the dragons. That voice takes me out of it