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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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All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

Seriously! after reading the reviews of this last book I almost decided not to read it. It was just as good as the previous three.

However, I do believe I understand now why everyone seem to slam it with a disappointing review.

Here is why:
I am sure you all have read many books in the past, and when you finally finish the series you start to imagine what would happen afterwards. Well in this last book it has that information. The book actually ended (In my opinion) about 3 quarters (or more) of the way through the book. In this audio version... at what I would have called the end of the book there is an addition 4.5 hours left, all of it about what happens afterwards.

Simply put about one (or two) chapters after the war with Galbatorix is over that is what I would call "The End:". The rest of it should have been called something else. The intensity of everything that had just happened can not be matched with the piddly administrative stuff that happens afterwards. It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. However if the book would have ended where I think it should have, they my last impressions of the book would have been "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!". But if you are like so many others who have left those comments that are less then amazing, it is because they are judging their whole experience on the way the feel at the end of the book. Which like I said tapers off to Not so Amazing. In fact it went from "Group Hug" to just "ug"... :(

But I didn't let that ruin it for me. Because like I said the bug ended for me with "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!" the rest was just the administrative stuff that happened afterwards.

Advice read until you find what you feel was the end, then close the book and say "OMG! Wowness!" Gloat on it a bit then when you ready to read about the administrative stuff afterwards open it up again and finish it.

I hope this helps. Group Hug!

92 of 99 people found this review helpful

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Ignore the nay-sayers.

This is a great book and a good ending to an epic tale. The first book is my favorite, but this one is a close second.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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sizzle... sputter... *poof*

It makes me very sad to say so, but frankly this series just sputtered and died for me. I liked Paolini's 1st and 3rd books, and I thought the 2nd wasn't bad either. Book 4 was a huge.... huge... disappointment. And I was really looking forward to it! [FYI, this is coming from the girl who thought the scene where they pick Hrothgar for king was fascinating, lol!]

There are some high points. Like one... or maybe two. But lets put it this way: 8 hours of Eragon killing 5 thousand helpless soldiers with sorrow in his heart ...OR... Roran mooning about Katrina while slicing and dicing humans into convenient cubes. Then ohmygranniespanties the middle of the book happens (and it has trouble rivaling said item of riveting attire). Then 9 hours are spent tying up loose ends (un-imaginativly, incompletely, and unsatisfactorily). Then the end music plays... and I, at least, was left with the feeling you get on 4th of July when it rains. No fireworks this time around, folks!

I think this series had a lot of potential. Shame Paolini wrote a bit better at 14 than at 27.

Recommendations? Suzzane Collins' 'The Hunger Games', Rafael Sabatini's 'Captain Blood' or 'Scaramouche', Jonathan Stroud's 'Bartimaeus' Series. For more, see my reviews.

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Bad Ending

I have to agree with others that the ending was not to my liking. I do not want to kill the ending for those who have not read it yet so I will not get into what it is that upset me, but I will say that by the last page I felt not as if the good guys had won but lost. It was very disheartening to listen to the ending. If you are like me and you start the series then it will not matter what anyone says and you will want to finish with the last book. YOU SHOULD, just be ready to boo the writer in the end.

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Very Sad

I waited for this book for over 3 years. If I had known he would have done such a rushed job I could have waited another year or two! Not at all what I was expecting!!

21 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Long book, Forced ending

The flow of this series has been very good until this book. I'm not sure what happened but it feels like the author lost inspiration. He tried to tie up story lines in a way that wasn't consistent with the world he had created. Other story lines he just left hanging. In my opinion an unfortunate ending to an otherwise enjoyable series.

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Good book but did not deliver everything

It was a good book and enjoyable to listen to. Gerard Doyle gave his usual good performance though the book failed to tie up all of the loop holes and promises that had been set out in previous books. Overall a fair job at tying up the series.

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The story fulls short

The story line does not follow the logical outcomes. It goes from being a fantasy story to a tragedy. The ending gives a feeling of no hope to change the future. Since his future was foretold and he was cursed by enemies. Paolini goes out of his way to write the ending that way. In doing so , he basically says there are no rider secrets, that his training was a waste of time, since the next rider doesn't have to have the training, He leaves an untrained young dragon in the hands of a rider that has not received the secrets of the riders and will never have that training.

He never answered the question of who the woman and girl was who received his blessing that he made such a large point of in the earlier books. No idea who Angela really is. No knowledge who the high level spy's are.

He tries to make an argument there is no higher beings , yet he believes the future is unchangeable and it is predetermined. Yet without a there being a higher level being; who determines what that future is?

While the other books offered promise of hope and love , this one gives nothing but despair and emptiness with no hope of the future.

Paolini showed his lack of maturity with the ending of this book.

33 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Love the Inheritance Cycle!

This is such a great series, from start to finish. I read the books originally, but years later I have thoroughly enjoyed the audio performance! This recording was so well done!

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Best Newest Fantasy Series

If you like fantasy you'll love this book. It takes traditional forms of magic and mythical creatures and makes them new and exciting. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good read, but obviously you'll need to listen to Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful