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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.
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Kari on 04-27-14

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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54 of 60 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

Delightful and Enjoyable

I don't hate to admit that I'm over 50 and absolutely loved this book. I didn't want to quit listening, I was saddened to hear it end -- and already started looking for the next part. This was, in my mind, not written for any particular age group - it far transcends that. I've already recommended it to several others and even thinking about listening to it again (and again). I'm sure that the second time around I'll pick up something that I missed or didn't find significant the first time around.
I've definitely formed my opinions on who I think the traitors might be - I'm on pins and needles until I find out.
I highly recommend this book to any that enjoy a good book - I don't even think that most would find the characters that unbelievable.

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34 of 38 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Becky on 10-02-17

AMAZING

I loved this book so much! and the guy reading it has a beautiful voice that captures your attention without fail ♡ now onto Eldest

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine Andersen on 09-03-17

Great story.

Loved it. One of my all time favourites. Looking forward to reading the second part again.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Matt Shepherd on 10-30-16

A reason to be grateful for being deaf?

Would you try another book written by Christopher Paolini or narrated by Gerard Doyle?

I have no problem with the story or author, they are both very good. so I decided to listen to this series, but as soon as the dragon started speaking I wanted to tear my ears off.

This is the worst narrator I have ever come across!!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

Anyone else, a incoherent two year old would sound better than this angry Scottish cookie monster wannabe.

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