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Publisher's Summary

Don’t miss the latest book from the author of Eragon: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times best-selling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold more than 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire.

“An authentic work of great talent.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” (People

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.” (Booklist, starred)

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” (Publishers Weekly)

A New York Times best seller.

A USA Today best seller.

A Wall Street Journal best seller.

A Book Sense best seller.

©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

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Utterly Awesome!

This was one of the rare books that so fully absorbed me that I forgot to worry or think of anything else. No "rewind because I've lost track" throughout the entire story. The author is very descriptive in creating the characters, enabling you to envision the events as they unfold. Equally as important, the narrator was more than excellent! While this type of fiction will never make a classic or provoke mind altering thought, if what you want is entertainment value, this is for you.

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Saphira's Voice is Immersion Breaking

When Gerard Doyle voiced Saphira's first line ("Eragon.") in that deep, masculine, gravely voice, I thought, "oh this is just what baby Saphira sounds like. Strange choice, but I'll go with it. Maybe it'll change as Saphira matures." I was wrong. Doyle sounds like he's drunk doing an impression of the goblin/beast/thing Ludo from the movie Labyrinth (1986). Each time he reads a line for Saphira, I laugh a little, but I also cringe. It's hard to listen to and take seriously. The story overall is well written and has great momentum, but every time Saphira has anything to say, it breaks the immersion completely. I can't describe how disappointed I am.

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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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Very Captivating Book

Being a fan of fantasy, I very much enjoyed this Book, it was great. It had all the details that hold your interest. i never wanted to put it down! This Book doesn't have alot of in depth surprises around the corner, however the book is not lacking for it. The Charachters are easy to identify with and the story flows well.For readers like myself who simply want to enjoy a well told story, this one is a definate jewel and i can't wait for the next installment!

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A Winner. Captivating from beginning to end.

I downloaded this book mainly for my almost teenage son because it was written by a young man not much older than he is. I decided to go ahead and "screen" it first on my 2 hour daily commute and absolutely enjoyed it immensely. It is written in a simple, straightforward way and is filled with plenty of action and adventure. Besides "Envy", this is the other of my 2 favorite audiobooks I have listened to on audible so far. I can't wait for the next one in the trilogy.

Download this book. It is masterful storytelling. You won't be disappointed!

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narrator ruined it

I couldn't even finish listening to the first chapter. I have read/listened to this whole series before a nd know that it's excellent...but the narrator simply read it...and too fast...and did not "tell the story"

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The Narrator ruined it for me.

Ok the story is good! HOWEVER i had a real problem with the way the narrator made the female dragon sound just like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

it's a telepathic connection. No vocal cords are being used. The Dragon is not straining her throat to mimic human speach. ITS TELEPATHIC!!! Why on earth would you make her sound like that?
I can only imagine what the author reaction would be listening to this (face palm)!
I continued listening anyway because i like the story but the more i listened the more it grated on my nerves and i started thinking of the dragon as a sumo wrestler with laryngitis. I really hope the rest of the books in the series aren't like this. If so i may have to return them.

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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.

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The Dragon is a GIRL

this is a great book which is only hurt by the nararator's inablilty to create a female dragon's voice. if you think you can get through this though than you will enjoy the read. I would have given it 4 stars but the naration brought it down a notch IMO

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Nothing new here...

From Ursula K. Le Guin, David Eddings, Tad Williams, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, and others, the author has pulled various ideas of magic, fantasy, and dragons together into a tale that is mildly entertaining but presents no new ideas. In this world, all things have a 'true name' in a mystical language that grants power over whatever is named--a direct pull from A Wizard of Earthsea. The protagonist travels with a mysterious old storyteller who is more than he appears, and has extensive knowledge of all things magical--The Dragonbone Chair. I could go on and on with numerous examples; suffice to say that every concept in this book has been directly lifted from various works of fantasy fiction and congealed together into a story with an entertaining plot but nothing new in the genre. To his credit, the author started this book at the age of 15 and finished it by the age of 19; unfortunately, it shows. The writing is simplistic, the dialogue is often wooden, and the character development feels rushed and occasionally forced. This is not a BAD book, and if you have never read fantasy extensively you will be generally entertained. Fans of the genre, however, will find it lacking of real substance and will easily identify all of the concepts as direct references to other, better works. Perhaps as his writing matures, the author will truly shine. At this point, however, this is book written by, for, and about teenagers.

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  • cathal
  • 01-02-21

Great

Brilliant, but I can't download the next book in the series in Ireland, Why not?

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  • sam
  • 11-04-20

If only...

The narrator did fantastic with the voices for all the characters bar 1, I think he missed that Sapphira is female and doesn't think in a gravelly voice. Loved the accents for the rural areas, being Welsh myself I was most pleased to hear an exchange with a Welsh accent.

The only reason I gave this a low rating is because the story continues however not with this narrator which is highly disruptive and feel there shouldve been a warning when purchasing this audiobook. Now stuck with an American Eragon and a French Arya

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

Great story, well written,

Would've rated it 5 stars if it wasn't for the narrators choice of voicing Sapphira as if she had a history of meth abuse. Really? what the hell was that choice of voice for her? killed so many emotional moments and straight up does not fit with her character at all.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 05-18-20

Amazing start to a fantastic series.

Eragon is a young boy of 15 brought up in the Pilankar valley by his uncle Garro after his mother leaves him there as a baby, he and his cusson Rauren are more like Brothers having been brought up together. However Eragon's life changes when he finds a stone in the Spine on a hunting trip, after being unable to cell the stone he starts his own investigations into the stones value and worth, however one evening the Stone hatches and a dragon appears so now begins the story of Eragon's life changing adventures as he starts with the help of Braum the Storyteller and a man with Secrets of his own to learn his new found skills and prepare for his destiny to save the Empire from the Evil king Galbatorix. Will Eragon triumph or will he die in the attempt. This is the start of a fantastic promising and richly detailed four book series with fantastic Characters and world building. The author was only a teenager when he started writing this series and he's shown an ability for writing way beyond his years. This was exciting enriching and addictive making the reader want to learn more. I had read the abridged Version quite a while a go and had forgotten just how good this story was, however with the extra details of the unabridged version learning more about the world and a more in-depth look at the characters this is an even better piece of writing. I am so much looking forward to getting to the rest of this what promises to be a wonderful series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-19

Great series, recommend it to anyone

Not a fan of saffiras voice, but thats from hearing another version of the book

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  • Ida
  • 02-03-19

Best book ever!

All time favourites! This is far better than HP, LOTR or anything else. Nothing compares with theese books. Read them all like 5 times now and I read them once a year.

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  • Eleanor
  • 06-20-11

An very exciting book!

Bought for my 9 yr old who has been glued to my iPod most evenings listening to it. Thoroughly engaging and brilliantly read. Doyle really brings the book to life and has a great feel for the characters. For this series the monthly credits just don't come around quickly enough. Highly recommended

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  • Adam Letmon
  • 08-21-22

Good but not without flaws

The final battle was only one chapter long and quite underwhelming.

Saphira's voice was terrible in my opinion and made for an uncomfortable listen. She was made to sound extremely cartoonish and goofy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

ok story good narration

The story gets slowly better and better but I feel like I've heard it all before. the magic system is stolen from Earthsea, written 40 years before, almost down to every single detail. I do really like the style of writing and the details explained. He uses words in a complex, yet beautiful way. never overexplaining, but easy to follow and makes it easy to clearly picture what is heppening. a true art.
I really don't get why people have a problem with Saphiras voice. she is a f-ing dragon! I feel the voice is perfect. I really like her voice and the other characters voices and dialects. well done. too bad book 2 and 4 is not available

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-22

awsome book

this book is very captivating and it made me lisen where ever I went.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-19

Love the book, hate the narrator.

I wanted to die when the narrator read Saphiras lines. Maybe it's just me but the voice he uses is nothing like what I imagine her character. It's more like an unintelligent troll. I instantly regretted buying this audiobook.

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  • Jay Chapman
  • 11-26-19

Lovely book but HATE the dragons voice

I've been a huge fan of this book since it was released in the mid 2000s. I was very excited to see it in the audible store. But I found his voice for Saphira EXTREMELY unsettling and distracting. If he would re-record the books with a more suitable voice for Saphira, it would be a 5-star rating for sure. Pretty disappointed.

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  • Matt Shepherd
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

Brilliant Narrative skills!

Narrator is second to none!

I was very impressed with his range of different dialects.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

Wonderful

Very well written. Good paced story. Kept you wanting more with its griping twists and energy.

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  • Josh
  • 03-31-22

Cringe dragon voice

Cringe so hard at sapphiras voice.
There’s moments that are incredibly
Cliche and corny but it’s good enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-22

Who invited the Cookie Monster?

Saphira’s voice is a bit distracting from the overall narrative. The story is great but the direction chosen for some of the voices is a bit dubious

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-22

Enthralling 📚

The world building is so subtle and downright in your face some times, it's just a good balance between characters and morals and gahh I love it.

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  • David
  • 08-29-21

great story absolutely love it

loved the book had problems pausing it for the kids!! fully recommend it to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-21

Dragon voice is awful but overall great story

love this book and love the way Gerard Doyle reads it. I agree with most other reviews though, Saphira's voice is awful. love the way he voices every other character but the depiction of Saphira just doesn't work. I did enjoy the performance but that one part does ruin it for me