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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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only issue

The only real issue I have with the reader is his choice for Saphira's voice.

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eragon

Great book could not put the book down just had to find out what happens next

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Gerard Doyle delivers

I fondly remember reading this on paper when I was much younger, and decided to begin my audible experience with something familiar. The first book in a four book series, Eragon does many things right. It builds a deep and rich backstory and lays the foundation for the rest of the adventures to come. The characters and settings are diverse and very well detailed by the author, if not too much so. The author often elaborates on seemingly minuscule things, which, while giving you a better idea of every situation, often seems like filler space. The factor of this Audible experience that put it over the top, however, was Gerard Doyle's narration. No two characters sounded the same, he spoke crisply, boldly during battle, confidently during dialogue, and softly in times of mourning. I normally prefer reading on paper, however listening to this performance has made me a believer in audiobooks.

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Scary

What didn’t you like about Gerard Doyle’s performance?

I couldn't listen to it at night because of Saphira's voice. That is not something I wanted to accidentally wake up too

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Surprisingly good story, mediocre narration

Considering Paolini's age when he wrote Eragon, he made a good job and built a strong foundation for Inheritance.

But seriously, who gave the job to Gerard Doyle?! I would struggle to find a worse narrator for this book, and that includes female narrators. What a sad joke.

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amazing

such an imaginative amazing book I love that it's such a magical place with so many different landscapes the adventures and heartache is captivating it makes you want to read more to search for the happiness that is deserved.

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impressed.

it's very good. and surprisingly the guy who reads it is also good. his Dragon voice makes it very stupid though. very frustrating how she sounds like a half assed monster voice from a dead beat dad with a smoking problem.

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Fantastic

I Can never read this book series enough. whether by my own eyes, or through the words of Gerard Doyle. This series moves my heart and soul.....

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Great start to a saga!

My first audio book! Great story and narrator. Thanks bestie for introducing me to it.

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Love this book! One of my all time favorites.

Great book! Great performance! One of the best stories of all time. Good for all ages.