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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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

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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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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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A Bit Fast, But Good!

How can explain my feelings towards this book... First of all, let me say that this is my second read through this book, which i red few years ago.. going through it again made me wonder about few pointers.. Its a bit fast, not the story plot, but the development of the main character Eragon... having him from a kid who uses a bow and arrow and the ultimate and one of the best sword fighters in a year is a bit too much.. I think it would have been better if it was in the span of several years, not less than one year... It really could have been a two books thing rather than all packed in one... I don't want to talk too much about the things that I didn't like here as it might spoil the story, so will back off.

The story plot itself is fantastic, and as I already know what will happen, I do think that its a good series.

Narration wasn't bad, but maybe it could have been better in few ways.. but it was good.

You get to know all kind of characters in this series, and some of them tend to stand out and can't help yourself fro not liking them... You will understand what I mean when you see them.

I f you like the kind of book were beings from all sorts of places and magical creatures exists, then you will like this series, specially what will happen later on in the next 3 books and the story matures and the characters develop well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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MAGICAL CREATURE VOICES SUCKED

Would you consider the audio edition of Eragon to be better than the print version?

BOUT THE SAME JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ SO I LISTEN INSTEAD VERY CONVENIENT.

What did you like best about this story?

IT IS UNABRIDGED SO NOTHING IS MISSING UNLIKE MOVIES WERE THE WHOLE STORY IS CHANGED

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT READING EXCEPT FOR ONE OR RATHER 2 THINGS. THE VOICES FOR THE TWO MAGICAL CREATURES SAPHIRA AND SOLOBUM WERE AWFUL. GERARD DOYLE MADE SAPHIRA SOUND LIKE AND 60 YEAR OLD SMOKER WITH BRONCHITIS AND SOLOBUM SOUND LIKE A HIGH PITCHED YODA WITH STREP THROAT. OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS A GREAT ALL AROUND.

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  • shane
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 02-25-14

Saphira sounds like a goblin with down syndrom

How could the performance have been better?

the performance was aweful and would have been totally fine if Saphira did not sound so stupid

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story!!

This story takes me back to my young age (late1930 to early 1940)! The "Let's Pretend" radio show that I almost never missed!

It is a wonderful tell should NOT be MISSED!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Frank
  • kristiansand, Norway
  • 03-19-11

Derivative, so what?

Having spent my teen years reading and listening to fantasy books, from Tolkien to Rowlings, Terry and Pratchet to Robert Jordan, this book stink to high heavens of other peoples ideas, and so what? Every fantasy book is derived from Tolkiens works and his was inspired by Beowulf and the Bible. If an author only could be original then there would be no more new books written. Paolini takes good ideas from his forerunners and amalgamates and expend them and creates a well thought of and highly consistent world in which i puts magic, monsters and a feeling of realism. His protagonist Eragon goes from the boy to the warrior and in this book we get to experience this with Eragon. Paolini's way of telling the story is modern and detailed. He writes in a way that are of the same quality as, but with higher readability than, J. R. R. Tolkien.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful