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Publisher's Summary

Darkness falls.... Despair abounds.... Evil reigns….

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life....

©2005 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

What listeners say about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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Poor narrating

What disappointed you about Eldest - Part One?

The narrator. The story is brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saphira, but the Narrator killed her voice. It is supposed to be nice and pleasant sounding voice yet he gives her a gravely throat cancer voice which made me cringe every time she had a vocal line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerrard Doyle’s performances?

No!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldest - Part One?

N/a

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Dragon voices

Why does he make the dragon characters sound like they’re big, unintelligent, chain smoking bruts? Really distracting

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  • Neets
  • 07-16-18

Great but

This is a great title and story but I have one piece of criticism. I imagined that Saphira sound like a calm woman, not like a chainsmoker

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  • 09-04-18

My god the narrator is bad at dragon voices

More dragons = more awful accents. It’s just too gravelly to listen to comfortably. It’s a shame because his other accents are okay, but he’s overcommitted to an awful idea here

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  • Eh?
  • 08-16-16

Best book ever!!!!

This is the best book in the world and the guy who reads it is really good!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

Chapters do not match

The chapters in the audiobook are a mess. They need to be reorganised. One chapter can contain two or three chapters with the last one being cut off and carrying onto the next ‘chapter’ according to audible.

Was annoying trying to sort it out while listening to it in between reads as I have the physical copy of the book.

Other than that, decent book. Just fix the chapter issues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-19

Child hood

The Inheritance cycle is where my love of the fantasy genre comes from and each book when I read them I could not put down. I have listened to them all probably 5 times on top of this as well, Gerrard Doyle’s voice is one from my childhood.

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  • dominic
  • 02-12-18

Again the Saphira's voice

As with the first book it is great! But again the voice for Saphira just doesn't fit.

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  • Zedzano
  • 07-06-17

Alright, will listen again

Well, i can say its all well read apart from the voices of the dragons and the werecats, in my opinion they are jarring and ugly where they should be powerful and impressive, it's akin to a tiger trying to roar but instead grunting like a pig. Once one gets used to that its perfectly brilliant!

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  • rob allan
  • 05-04-22

Not as good as the first

I absolutely loved the first of this series. This one feels more drawn out yet predictable. The writing style of adding more in depth perception from other characters also clouds the story and rips you from one storyline to another almost jarringly.

A shame as I was fully engaged the first book and listened to it for hours on end, I can barely make it through a chapter of this one before becoming distracted or simply uninterested.

I’m not quite sure why I dislike this one so much, maybe because I feel let down after the first instalment, it has it’s good bits, it’s really rather good at times but it just kind of lacks the grip of the first one and seems a step back


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  • Katie
  • 05-03-22

The continuation of the wild four part adventure with a dragon - who couldn’t love it!

Eldest is the second book in the inheritance cycle. These books need to be read in order to understand the storyline.

The story itself is really quite good, though the pace isn’t as fast as Eragon. The book follows Eragon as he studies with the elves, it also follows his cousin Roran in his fight to defend Carvahall, and Nasuada as she learns to take control of the Varden.

The performance of Gerard is as good as the last book. I really do like him as a voice actor for this series, though I still don’t think Saphira‘s voice is quite right. There’s also three lots of music on this one which covers up some of the narrative.

SPOILERS

We begin the story with Eragon facing the aftermath of the fight the Urgals and Durza.

They’re still Urgals hiding in the dwarf tunnels.Teams have been going in to hunt them down and kill them. Ajihad, Murtagh, and the Twins are returning from the hunt, when Urgals attack them from behind. Ajihad is unfortunately killed in this confrontation but the Urgals kidnap Murtagh and the twins. Arya enters the tunnels to hunt them down but only finds the blood covered clothes near a vast chasm.

Before Ajihads funeral a new leader is picked for the Vardan. Eragon is backed politically into a corner and chooses to back Nasuada. The council mistakenly believe they have the fealty of Eragon and Saphira. But Eragon chooses to swear fealty to Nasuada instead of the Varden Council.

At Ajihads funeral, Nasuada is named the new leader of the Varden and Eragon swears his fealty to her. Nasuada insures Eragon can travel to Ellesméra to continue his training.

Eragon is given the chance to become part of the Dûrgrimst Ingietum (Orik and King Hrothgars clan). This is a great honour, though once again Eragon is caught in another web. He can’t refuse, so he accepts.

On route to Ellesméra Eragon meets a clan who oppose him as a rider and when they find he’s been adopted by Dûrgrimst Ingietum, they begin a feud. Eragon, Orik, and Arya leave Tarnag with a few warriors to protect them in their journey to Ceris.

The journey is rather quit and you get to learn a few interesting bits about the dwarves, and later, the elves on route.

When they get to Ellesméra, Eragon and Saphira begin their training with Oromis (“Osthato Chetowa, the Mourning Sage" or "Togira Ikonoka, the Cripple Who is Whole") and Glaedr.

Meanwhile Roran has returned to Carvahall. Unfortunately the Ra’zac are after him and siege the small community. After hiding in a camp near the spine hoping for them to give up and leave, Roran hears what has happened in the village and goes back to join the discussion about what to do. In the end the townspeople put up a good fight under Rorans instruction but eventually have to flee. After they are betrayed and Katrina is kidnapped.

Roran convinces most to go and they traverse the Spine to Narda in the hopes of getting safe passage on a boat to Teirm, then to Surda and the Varden. Eventually they get there, but the journey is anything but safe and they collect Jode on the way.

Meanwhile we get a little insight into how Nasuada is handling being the leader of the Varden. How she thinks outside the box to earn gold so they won’t starve, and through her we learn about Elva - the child Eragon and Saphira ‘blessed’ in Fathen Dûr.

We also get to meet the King of Surda, Orrin, and we hear how Galbatorix is about to attack Surda and the Varden.

The book ends after the big battle takes place - everyones story converges there.

The question? Who will be victorious, the Empire, or the Rebels?

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  • Madi Smith
  • 04-24-22

Brilliant

Loved it, amazing. Great narrator, story is awesome. Couldn't find enough time to listen to it quick enough, going to listen to the next one now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Cookie dragon

The dragon voices are incredibly annoying, so much so that I had to stop listening to books that I adore. Do not buy this audio book! It will ruin the story, but the book or find one read by someone else

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

poor voice choices with some characters.

poor voice choices for female characters and dragons/monsters.
overall great storytelling and well paced.

awesome series!

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  • Zoe
  • 08-28-18

Great story; terrible narration.

the books are good. please don't let this dissuade you from the books:
This narrator is a joke. his dragon is, as someone said, a cookie monster interpretation. he mispronounced so many words it jolts the listener out of the mood. like 'trebuchet' does not have a hard T at the end!
alas that there is no other narrator for these books on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Terrible Narrator

The book is amazing, great story and plot. However the narrator dissuades you from reading. The dragon sounds awful and so many words are mispronounced. Book one narrator was great but he hadn’t narrated a full version of book 2. Overall great book but awful narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Saphirra's voice was gravely Yoda

got a handful of minutes in before I had to stop, usually I love this series and I'd deal with bad narration for the story, but Saphirra sounds like a gravely version of Yoda and by her second line I was completely done. I understand that some people prefer 'a proper dragon voice' but I'd always imagined her with a female voice, so it was a bit of a shock when I heard her speak 😂 otherwise, great story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Great story

So far the story is amazing. looking forward to picking up book 3. I just can't get my head around the voices for the dragons and demons. I'm not feeling it.
otherwise, very well done narration and story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

Great book

Great book but hate how the narrator Mispronounces words. Wish there was another narrator to choose from.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Dragons Voices

The voices that he does for both of the dragons are absolutely terrible, that it distracts from the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-21

lost in the world of dragons and magic

the best books I've read / linstend to since I was a child. can't recommend more.
ready to dive into book 3

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-21

Brilliant 2nd installment in the series

As in the first book the dragon's voices are irritating but the story and performance of all other characters is wonderful. I do wish they would re-record the dragon's parts but overall I love the books and am enjoying the audiobooks