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Publisher's Summary

Oaths sworn...loyalties tested...forces collide.

Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too.

The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength - as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices - choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

©2008 Christopher Paolini (P)2008 Listening Library

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jacqui
  • Lake Dallas, TX, United States
  • 05-27-09

The Best of the lot

Of the 3 books so far this is the best.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Rise
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 05-23-09

Brisingr Part 1

Great flowing continuum. Not a lot of action, but nice to listen to while doing mundane except in sporadic moments, but I understand that. It is enough to keep my mind off gardening work--and more physical labors, and that is good enough for me. I will keep listening. Let's see how the next book takes my mind away from washing and waxing cars, etc.?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • D.
  • Columbus, OH, United States
  • 04-16-09

SPELL BOUND

I couldn't quit listening to this book. Very well done.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Better than I expected

Paolini's books often feel difficult to read for older fans of fantasy and sci-fi. We see shades of Dune, LOTR, Pern, and Star Wars in what he's written and words like "derivative" and "trite" spring to mind. We must remember however that Lucas and Tolkien both borrowed heavily from other sources, and here in Brisingr, I feel that Paolini has taken these borrowed pieces in his own direction with Eragon's story. At last I feel that I'm reading a new story.

In this book the author seemed to struggle to provide exposition that his teen self did not include in earlier texts, but he has created a promising foundation for the final (?) fourth book. The tremendous amount of exposition sometimes made me feel like he was channelling the recently deceased Robert Jordan, but I am eager to see if the efforts pay off with a fast-paced, eventful finale in the next book.

As someone who works with teens, I can promise you that the boys love this book. I appreciate that Paolini has created a male protagonist who is aware of his feelings and avoid being as 'wussy'. It's a fine line to walk in the world of the adolescent male, and Paolini treads it adeptly.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Not Good

First of all, a trilogy is three books.

This books meanders all over the place. It is like a bunch of little (mostly boring) stories loosely tied together. Eragon's internal dialog is immature and annoying.

Nothing ever seems to happen that you could not have easily predicted.

This is the product of another fantasy author who had gotten carried away with his creation. He can join the likes of Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin.

At least Martin's writing is well done.

By the way, the narrator is great.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Another wonderful addition

I really enjoyed this installment of the Inheritance series. Christopher Paolini out did himself, he brought to life so many more of the characters in this chapter. I can't wait for the next book. Even the author interview at the end was worth listening to.

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  • Hunter
  • heber, UT, United States
  • 01-25-12

Not so much

This story is really starting to take on a sanctimonious bent. It started out as a warrior's tale, now it's about a vegan who feels guilty for eating meat after spending the day hacking the bad guys to death with a sword. Think I'll probably skip the rest of the series.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Brisingr Just Okay & Not a Trilogy

Brisingr's story was okay. Very slow until mid-way through & then picked up some. I appreciate detailed descriptions that flow like Tolkien's & Robert Jordan's but sometimes the descriptions went on & on as filler without adding anything. Remember when he said this would be the final in the Trilogy?? Well it is not! Even though I liked the 1st book this book & the 2nd just became an act of faith hoping that the story would become stronger. It has good moments but overall it drags with detail that just isn't that interesting. Even if you've read books #1 & #2 I wouldn't recommend this.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States
  • 12-23-08

A disappointment

Someone commented that this book needed better editing. That implies that the story could have been salvaged in some way. Unfortunately the only thing that would have accomplished is to have ended the listeners misery a little sooner. The fact that I had to cough up 2 credits to find this out makes it that much more painful. What is specifically wrong with this book? It is hard to say specifically without giving away plots in the book so I will intentionally be vague. My primary gripe is that the author does not seem to know what he wants to do with this saga. The characters are pulled in all sorts of directions and you do not get the sense that there is a real plan here. Numerous times in the book the author digresses into longwinded explanations and meaningless events. If he were say a Terry Goodkind or Robert Jordan he might be able to pull this off but he clearly is not in their league. Eragon is also not emerging as an interesting character which is pretty bad considering he is supposed to be the hero. He whines more than not and his skill set seems woefully inadequate. Other gripes include the unrealistic way in which events resolve themselves. From normal humans being able to kill hundreds single handedly to being able to put protective wards all around oneself so as to be protected from harm are just two examples of ways the author moves his heroes from challenge to challenge. Don't get me wrong I am grateful for any shortcuts that move this beast of a book along but try to put a little more thought into it. The most disappointing part is the way it ends. The other two books had real stopping points. This one does not. I truly hope the author decides to end this series soon as the world he created while graphically described, is just not that interesting.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • MM
  • 11-06-08

Certainly Not Worth 2 Credits

Story was okay and that's being generous. I was upset that audible let this author get away with charging 2 credits for this book when I've read much better and longer audio books for the normal 1 credit. Let me assure you this book is not worth 2 credits. It just goes on and on. Again, it's just okay.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful