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When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….

©2004 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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Inspired by those who came before.

Would you listen to Eragon - Part One again? Why?

I quite enjoyed the story and loved the narration by Gerrard Doyle.

What did you like best about this story?

Sooooo much better than the movie. A good start to what appears to be a great Fantasy series.

Which character – as performed by Gerrard Doyle – was your favorite?

Loved the portrayal of Brom, loved the character in the movie as portrayed by Jeremy Irons (a most underutilised actor) and it was great to see him fleshed out in the book and greatly portrayed by Gerrard.

Any additional comments?

The story and so many things in this book are obviously inspired by Tolkiens' works, but done with a obvious love of the original source and with just the right spin to make it his own world, an incredible feat for any author let alone a 16 year old novice (I believe that's how old Mr Paolini was when he finished Eragon).I look forward to sharing this book with my children as they grow older as it is a fine addition to anyone who loves Dragons and the bond they can have with their riders.<br/><br/> I wonder if Anne McCaffrey ever read Eragon?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the very best books I have ever read

it is the best book ever so wonderful. it stirs up emotions guide you to all the places eragon goes.

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Just phenomebal

loved the show. The narrator is fantastic with pronunciations and his narration skills.
Cannot wait to listen to the next book.

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Eragon - a favourite story comes to life

Would you listen to Eragon - Part One again? Why?

Yes, this is an audio book I will listen to over and over again as well loved characters come to life. Gerrard Doyle has a beautiful voice and the life he instills in his characters makes thems so much more real - and there are quite a few.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how you share Eragons journey from simple farm boy to Dragon Rider and I love Saphira's development and the sense of humour and possessiveness she has for Eragon. The whole world that you are introduced to, the magic, elves, dwarfs, dragons and intrigues are thoroughly enjoyable.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Saphira and Eragon drink too much mead and Saphira belches a huge flame before passing out

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

Come and experience the re-birth of a legend and one man's journey from innocent farm boy to fierce Dragon Rider

Any additional comments?

The movie that was made would have been a huge success if the film makers had stayed true to the characters in the book. It's the reason the Harry Potter and Twilight transition from book to film was so successful - the films stayed true to the characters and story lines whereas with Eragon the characters in the film had, at best, only a vague resemblance to the detailed descriptions of the characters in the book (& Arya looked nothing like her description in the book) and, if you had not read the books, the film made no sense at all

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Brilliant

This is one of my fav books.
The narrator is pretty good and the storyline is
"Brilliant"

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  • Suzanne
  • 05-16-12

Why split the book into two?

I enjoyed the book, but why split it into two? I have read plenty of books longer than this that are not split at a place where you have to buy the second half. Is this a money spinner audible?

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  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
  • 06-23-13

Great start - shame they split the book in two !

Would you listen to Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 - Part 1 again? Why?

I think the story is engaging and it has elements that mean you could listen to it over and over.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eragon the central character is growing and learning and does not get dull

What about Gerrard Doyle’s performance did you like?

Gerrad Doyle's performance overall is good; characters sound different and speech is clear.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is already a film to this book which I have seen before getting the audio book and so far they are very different, but I am enjoying it.

Any additional comments?

I don't like the fact the books are split into two parts! There are longer books un-split!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • hana warren
  • 01-22-15

Great

Would be great to have a female voice for the dragon. but love it all the same. still great to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Hurst
  • 07-25-16

Eragon

Really great story, gripping and enjoyable. Shame that the voice of the dragon sounds more like a man than I think it should.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sabrina
  • 11-13-11

Great but...

I really love this book. The story is told well but the voice used for the dragon is a bit obnoxious. It's all gurggly like someone who's smoked too much. I understand the perspective the narrator was going for and I can get over the annoying dragon voice because the story is just that wonderful. It's the kind of story you can really get wrapped up into and really makes you want to find out what happens next.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Bowell
  • 10-15-11

Narrator fine

I just wanted to comment with respect to Helen's review that I found the narrator to be fine. Perhaps he reminds her of someone she doesn't like! Yes, occasionally there is some petulence, but just as much there is wonder, innocence, excitement etc etc.
I bought this book in two parts as there doesn't appear to be any other option in the UK for the unabridged audio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Zoe
  • 04-12-11

Buy the combined book

This book is amazing and if you like your fantasy adventure it will keep you listening.

Make sure you buy the combined book though not this which comes in two halves.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara Biondi
  • 11-30-17

A great start

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

I would recommend this book, because it does its job of transporting the listener into the fictional world, and I would especially recommend it if you one has already read it in the past in physical copy.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gerrard Doyle?

The narrator was decent, and did a nice job with many characters, but his depiction of all the females was ridiculous, so I wouldn't recommend him, at least not for stories with many female characters.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book in my teenage year, still do. I didn't enjoy it as much as I could because of the narrator though.

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  • British Mate
  • 11-27-17

Great story

Not sure about the different voices by the narrator especially the dragon but everything else was superb. Great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-17

Sapphira is supposed to be female!!!

I could not complete this book as the voice of sapphira became so frustrating; it sounded Lyk a male monster rather than the voice of a female! The performance for the other characters were great but this unfortunately spoiled the story for me

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  • Jazmin Jade
  • 03-14-17

Good

Hate the dragons voice and the dialogue feels forced at times but otherwise good story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-17

Hard to get through

Don't understand why a young female dragon would sound like the cookie monster...so much unnecessary dialogue but entertaining enough. Won't be listening to the next book if same narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • HoneyBunny
  • 09-12-17

Great storyline.

Never having been a fan of the fantasy genre I gave this book a try on the recommendation of my daughter who has read all three in the series and loved them. Well worth listening to and I will be listening to the other books.

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  • Keanu Pires
  • 06-27-17

Good narration, But bad character portrayal.

Eragon is a childhood favorite of mine. this is a good narration of the story, however I felt eragon was portrayed too whiney; asking questions to complain rather than out of curiosity. Saphira is also voiced with a deep growling voice, Which would be fine if she actually spoke the words. The dragons could be voiced with more nuance and personality if they sounded more like people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharnee
  • 03-22-17

Great Book

A fantastic read or rather 'listen' although the dragon voice was a little unsettling. All together both the Author and Gerrard Doyle did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 02-21-17

Has been a favourite for years

An easy book to get lost in. The series has shaped even my view on our world

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  • Mikayla
  • 01-18-16

FANTASTIC

Would you consider the audio edition of Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

I havn't read the print version so I would not know, but I have enjoyed the audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is edge of your seat, can't put down stuff. Its an excellent read and I unfortunately went through it way to quick, but I guess that;s the sign of a good book.

Have you listened to any of Gerrard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to the entire series narrated by Gerrard, I couldn't imagine the characters any other way. My only issue was Sephera (a girl dragon) sounding so manly however I soon grew to love it so once I got past that it was great.

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

Lots of laughter not so many tears in this one but the rest of the series will make you laugh cry cheer and rejoice!

Any additional comments?

An excellent book, narrated perfectly!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • vidur
  • 02-26-15

speedy dragon

Had to speed it up a little and the impersonations weren't great but still a great book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-17

Like the story disappointed In the speaker

I loved the story all through my youth, now listening to it ad an audio book every voice is done differently, there is little emotion and saphiras voice is dumb, as a mental voice there is no reason for it to be a rumble as though spoken through her throat. Struggled to finish the story and may struggle to continue with the series even reading from now on, do not recommend if you read this when younger and developed your own views of charavtwr

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  • Project89
  • 11-21-17

Why is Saphira voiced by the Cookie Monster?

Great story, but why make a beautiful young magical creature sound like she has throat cancer?!?