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Eragon Audiobook

Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 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.

Be sure to listen to Eldest, the sequel to Eragon.

©2003 Christopher Paolini; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's an impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish." (Booklist)
"Doyle's range of accents is perfect for the multiple characters of this epic....On paper Eragon is a sprawling fantasy, filled with obvious nods to Tolkien and too many convenient plot devices. But on audio, it fills the ears with vivid characters, witty dialogue, and nail-biting battle scenes set in a magical world where a beautiful blue dragon and her rider are at the noble center of it all." (AudioFile)
"An impressive epic fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"An authentic work of great talent. The story is gripping;...it moves with force." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Paula Hammond, IN , USA 01-17-04
    Paula Hammond, IN , USA 01-17-04
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    "Fun fantasy but ending leaves you hanging"

    This is a nice book to read/listen to for its adventure and fantasy. It has all the elements - potential love, fighting, mystical creatures and a coming of age. However, when coming to the end of the book, the reader/listener finds that there are many unanswered questsions, i.e. it is book one in a series (if the writer continues it) and so one is left hanging on some basic questions that have been posed since the beginning of the book. My personal feeling is that this was a great deal of time spent listening to a book that is not completed but only hints at a possible book to come. The ending is something like a teaser for a new movie...stayed tuned to what happens next. I find myself feeling a bit cheated. It is worth the read/listen as long as you know there that this is a serial story that is not concluded with this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sally jersey city, NJ, USA 12-08-03
    Sally jersey city, NJ, USA 12-08-03
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    Though not a regular fantasy reader, I found this book very enjoyable. The narrator was a big part of the pleasure-he gave the characters clearly defined personalities and voices without being too corny about it. The plot is engaging, and the writing is quite good. Eragon, the Dragon, and the other principal characters are well-drawn and complex. I will certainly buy the next book in the series when it comes out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    R. Skarie ND 11-06-03
    R. Skarie ND 11-06-03 Listener Since 2003

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    "Very Captivating Book"

    Being a fan of fantasy, I very much enjoyed this Book, it was great. It had all the details that hold your interest. i never wanted to put it down! This Book doesn't have alot of in depth surprises around the corner, however the book is not lacking for it. The Charachters are easy to identify with and the story flows well.For readers like myself who simply want to enjoy a well told story, this one is a definate jewel and i can't wait for the next installment!

    77 of 96 people found this review helpful
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    JLH 12-17-03
    JLH 12-17-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Captivating!"

    I loved this book! It drew me into the lives of Eragon and Saphira. I've listened to it twice now, back to back. Gerard Doyle was the perfect one to read this book. It's impossible to put down, and keeps listeners on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what will happen next. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I intend to share it with my children, who are huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans. If you enjoy HP or LOR, you need to try it! You won't be disappointed!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David Tucumcari, NM, United States 01-22-09
    David Tucumcari, NM, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!!!!"

    Captivating and mesmerizing! My eight year old son and I look for any and every opportunity to turn on this audiobook. Gerard Doyle's narration adds so much to the story! (even the "male" Saphira voice is more convincing for a dragon than the voice used in the movie). I tried several times to read the novel and could never quite stay interested long enough to get past the first chapter. I thought on a whim that I would listen, instead. I'm so glad that Audible made this series available. My only concern is that book three will complete the adventure... Fortunately, each book is longer than the last. (I've already purchased the other two and have begun ELDEST!) Without question, Christopher Paolini has created a triumphant masterpiece...a MUST LISTEN for SCI FI/FANTASY fans!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Mackiewicz 04-22-04 Member Since 2011
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    "A good read, even if similar to other in the genre"

    This was a fun book to listen to, and caught my interest for quite a while. The book isn't consistently gripping - the beginning plodded along for me, but by the time Eragon hit the road, it was more fun to keep up with. From the minute they introduced it as "Inheritance, Book 1", I figured there would be a sequel, but I was still a little surprised at how quickly the book ended. The Hollywood-style setup for the next book seemed like a quick fix to end it.

    I've read a lot of comments regarding how much was lifted from other books in the genre. I'll grant that there are some strong similarities to what's out there: a variant of dragonriding (McCaffrey), blue rock-like things that mark your palm (Eddings), but then I think the comparisons get a little unfair. Yes, there are dwarves, elves and dragons, and yes, Tolkien has them in his books. But so do a lot of other people who have written about them, and you see many similar traits regardless of the author - dwarves hacking stone underground, elves being thin, quiet, strong, and longlived. Some features are just elements of other stories that you'll find anywhere else - a bond between the main character and an animal, the older mentor with a similar past. Paolini has put many of these features together in a way that makes for an interesting story, and is set in an interesting world that I'm looking forward to reading more about.

    The writing style _is_ simpler than other authors. Paolini _is_ a teenager, and soon enough, he'll be older, continue to age, and no doubt become a more complex writer as he learns more. I think this is an interesting station at which to hop on the train, and see where he ends up. I'd recommend it as a good fun audiobook, keeping in mind that it won't necessarily be complex and that the descriptions get a little overdone, especially in the beginning. Looking forward to book 2 and the improvements to his writing style he'll likely bring.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 12-14-08
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 12-14-08
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    "Very Pleasantly Surprised"

    I watched the movie and wasn't impressed so I almost didn't get this book. I will agree with some of the other reviewers about the dragon's voice not being the best. I started listening to audiobooks with the Harry Potter series so I was spoiled to Jim Dale's talent. However, the narrator is one of the better that I've heard- and I'm really picky. Also, as a new mom, I'm trying to find books that aren't full of inappropriate language yet are interesting and stimulating for me. This book definitely meets the criteria. Especially impressed by the quality of the book when considering the author's age. Great book if you can get past the dragon voice!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 02-18-04
    Nicole 02-18-04
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    "JRR Tolkien meets Anne McCaffery"

    Well, the author was only 15 when he started writing and for that young of age, I think he shows talent. With that said, I groaned as heard so many things that were so Lord of the Ring. Putting that aside, not having read Anne McCaffery and her dragonrider series, I thought the story was interesting in that respect. My husband and I did enjoy listening to it and I would recommend it. Lord of the Ring fans beware, it'll hurt your ears frequently. But don't pass it by just because of that, I look forward to the next book because the ending was abrupt. Just take the book for what it is, an budding work of a young man who loves fantasy. I think it's great that he's done what he's done. So give it a try. I actually think he did a great job in developing the story and characters. I think most people will enjoy this book.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    I adored this when it first came out and have read it multiple times since. Seeing it was on audio made me extremely happy and I saved up my credits to get all 4. Well, listening to this made me love the book all over again! On reading it, the Dwarfish language and unfamiliar names had me skimming those bits, but actually hearing it out loud was amazing!

    Gerard Doyle was phenomenal. This guy can preform!! His range of tones and voices for each character was truly impressive and he brought this book alive. Though if I had one complaint, and it was tiny, it was that I wanted Saphira to sound a little more female, though I did love how he made the Dragons sound!!

    A Brilliant story brought to life in the best way by an exceptional narrator.

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    Karen K 08-20-15
    Karen K 08-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "How to Tell If this Book is For You In 2 Easy Ques"

    To determine if you should read this series, answer these two questions. (1) Do you like traditional fantasy? The kind that might have a noble death but not the kind full of gang rapes and torture. This kind has farm boys with heroic destinies. (2) Are you bothered by books that borrow strongly off of books written before them? in this case most strongly The Lord of the Rings. That is, will it be unbearably annoying to you that a book that is not LotR has elves who sailed to our shores in silver ships, and powerful silver haired wizards blowing smokes rings, etc. Or can you overlook that and enjoy a different story with similar world building? If you like traditional fantasy and can handle the similarities, then you can enjoy this series. On a side note: I disagree with those who think the dragon's voice should be more feminine. I like it the way it is - after all, even Eragon himself assumed at first that Sapphira was male. The voices are dramatized but I think it is done well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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