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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 Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle, one that might put 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)2005 Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Sue
  • Tomerong
  • 06-11-08

Eldest

This was a great follow on from Eragon. It took you further into the realms of maagic and then Eragons changes that happens to him. The only downfall to this book is that in some parts it did drag a little. It was still a fantastic listen

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lewis
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 12-12-07

Top notch

Just like Eragon, the book is great and I can't wait for the 3rd book. Book stores are getting tired of people asking for the last book. C'mon Christopher, where is it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wiegand
  • Pinckney, MI, United States
  • 03-31-07

Star Wars in Middle-Earth

First, I must say I did enjoy this book and the previous one and eagerly await the next book in the series. However, the story has several aspects which are obviously lifted from the popular sci-fi series Star Wars and the fantasy books of Tolkien. I won't spoil the story, but there is a feeling of deja vu at times. Fortunately this is offset by some very creative ideas concerning the nature of elves, dragons, dwarves and magic. Paolini has successfully contributed new ideas which he uses to craft a unique story universe. His writing style tends to be repetitive, however, especially with certain phrases. This is something his editors should have caught, so I fault them as much as the author. In balance, the writing style seems somewhat unpolished.

The narration is not as good as some others I have heard. In particular, the narrator tends to portray the protagonists as extremely "whiny" at times. Perhaps this was intended by the author but it becomes very tiring. The women's voices are fairly one-dimensional, but then considering the narrator is male, I suppose that cannot be too strong of a criticism. There are a variety of voices used for the other characters, but in some cases, you can only tell one character from another by context.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • NazeingUnited Kingdom
  • 12-12-06

Eldest review

Various reviewers have noted the similarity between this trilogy adn Lord of the Rings. Whilst this is true, it does not detract from overall enjoyment. My only criticism is that there is rather a ling interklude about Eragion's training which could have been shortened considerably. The battle at the end of the book is full of action and well described

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Lancaster, TX, USA
  • 12-28-05

Must Read Series!!!

If you'd like a touch of Lord of the Rings with a dash of Harry Potter mixed with some original material, then this series is a must read for you. Christopher Paolini is a gifted author who I hope continues his writing well after this series is finished. My family has thoroughly enjoyed these books and is eagerly awaiting the third.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Garret
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 04-23-07

Better than the first one

I expected more from this series and am now on a quest of my own: to finish it, no matter how hard. There are scenes that I have enjoyed in these books, and for an author's first attempts into writing, these are very good. I would even say thhat they are excellent...for that level of author. Unfortunately, they are not good on the level of other authors, and the borrowed LOTR names and insights are disturbing to a die-hard LOTR fan. Here are but a FEW striking similarities. I have read that he had other inspirations but the similarities remain very annoying to me as I navigate the books.

1. Eragon / Aragorn
2. Beor Mountains / Beor from the Hobbit
3. The Grey Folk / The Grey Elves
4. The Dwarves and their origins are almost taken exactly from the Silmarillion.
5. The use of song to create things is also exactly how Middle Earth was created in the Silmarillion.
6. Eragon's poem that uses the words "the land of shadow" multiple times is strikingly similar to Tolkien's "In the Land of Mordor, where the shadows lie"
7. Ellesmera = Lothlorien

Much of the other parts of the book seem original enough, but these are just a few of the DIRECT similarities with LOTR that I have to really swallow or I would toss the book altogether.

Other criticisms are the overly descriptive discussions of inconsequential things...meals etc. that do not fit with other parts of the story. Tolkien was descriptive of absolutely everything, while here some things are described in detail while others are not, and there is no rhyme or reason as to why one is explained and another glossed over.

The reader gives Eragon a very high pitched voice, which seems to make Eragon mad every time he opens his mouth. It is less so in this book, but the first book was terrible for the constant "high-pitched soft-yell" that was Eragon's voice.

Having said all this, I am still listening to the audiobook and like it enough to finish it...but I am not quite sure why.

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  • William
  • POCATELLO, IDAHO, US
  • 01-24-18

my favorite book in this series

the word play is outstanding. I hope to write as well some day. phenomenal story.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

I absolutely love the story! This series is super addicting. I've actually had the books for years but never got around to reading them. I decided to get the audio books because I just never have the time to sit down and read anymore. I'm so glad that I did! The performance was fantastic and I'm excited to start the next one!

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These books are amazing.

I can't say enough how impressed I am with the shaping and telling of the story of Eragon. I have sailed through each of the books and, with the aid of a phenomenal narrator, I've spent some of my best hours of the day on these stories. The five stars are well-earned.

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A favorite from my childhood, and my adulthood

I read these books when they were released as a teen and loved them. Now that I am older and have revisited them in audio format I can say that while it is obvious they are intended for a younger audience, they still hold up extremely well.

If you are a fan of fantasy books and on the fence about these, just do it. You won't regret it