Eragon : Inheritance Cycle

  • by Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: Inheritance Cycle
  • 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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; moves with force." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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There is a lot of talk about a sixteen year old writing this. That is amazing, but it is still just a bit novice. It is filled with lots of flowery descriptive language. A man can not even shrug his shoulders with out it being described in a certain way. Eragon lies to his guardians and raises a dragon in secret. The dragon in a few short months is full of wisdom. Replace the dragon with an owl and other then size there is no noticeable difference.

I think this is good for say 8-12 year olds to read on their own, but as a 56 year old, I could not get into it.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Saphira's voice sounds like Yoda!

What did you love best about Eragon?

I love this book and how unique the story is. However, the reader's use of a growly voice (which sounds disconcertingly like Yoda from Star Wars) is very jarring. Saphira should have a more feminine and regal-sounding voice, in my opinion. I debated returning the book for that reason alone, but the rest of the reading is quite good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saphira is my favorite character. She's very witty.

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- Kari

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library