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Eragon

Inheritance, Book 1
Written by: Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)

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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, coming December 31, 2018! 

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.

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

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Love this story

Loved everything except Saphira's voice, the rest of the narration I enjoyed. I would listen to this again.

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Horrible narration.

The book clearly says Saphira's voice is a deep and clear female one but the narrator absolutely butchered it, ended up sounding more like a weird mix of the cookie monster, gollum, and stitch. The story itself is amazing and I've read the books countless times but the sound of this guy is abrasive.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Crg
  • 2019-07-13

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Hi 👋🏻my name is Rennie I’m 9 years old all my wonderful Audible books can not compare with Eragon. 😋🥳😊I was born in May 11 and this is the symbol ♉️ .......also I’m a 🚶🏽‍♀️

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Easy Listening

The story has just enough magic and fun characters. A Very enjoyable story to listen to.

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Not the best

Nothing wrong with the story. The narration and voices done were so bad they were laughable.

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A wonderful story

The story of all the books put together is one of the few at this length that kept my interest the entire time.

To all the people that have issues with the voice actors choice on how to play the dragon.

How do you know what dragons sound like? Cuz i quite enjoyed the voice of these books.

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En anglais seulement!!

commen fait on pour avoir un narrateur français ou canadien? je voudrais un ramboursement s'il vous plaît!

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Stayed for the story not the narration

Amazing story I fell in love with the first time I read it and that is the only thing that allowed me to finish. Any voice belonging to any kind of creature was absolutely terrible and almost made me quit.

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my favorite series

I love this series I only wish it was longer. I have read the books hundreds of times and this is my 3rd time listening to them.

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A good book.

Loved the story, didn't like the way the dragon's voice was preformed. Beyond that this was a well done audio book. Highly recommended.

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  • Mfsm2001
  • Ruffin, NC USA
  • 2004-02-23

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.

61 of 66 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 2008-03-13

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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  • Kari
  • 2014-04-27

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.

102 of 113 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Monroe, NC, USA
  • 2003-11-07

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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  • Theodore
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2013-01-07

Good Start

Being the first book of a 4 part series, Eragon is a wonderful starting point. This is an exciting book to start out with. It teases in all the right places I find to have you look forward to the books going forward. The title as a whole was not utter perfection but was just good enough to keep me interested.

The story itself was extremely interesting. The imagination that went into making this book and knowing the history of how this book came into being made it all the more an interesting title. I appreciate the fact that the book doesn't shy away from concepts such as death, love and sacrifice. The book is a pretty good experience all together, flows pretty well in general.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 2006-11-02

Incredible Experience

This was not only an audio book, but an experience for the listener. The story is awesome and Doyle does a fantastic job of telling the story. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, any age. It is very entertaining and hooks you from the beginning. My children from age 6 and up loved it too. I have listened to it several times now and it gets better every time.

A must read for Fantasy Fiction fans. Dont forget book 2, Eldest, after reading this one. It was just as good!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • rockvale, TN, USA
  • 2003-12-02

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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  • jeffrey millirons
  • 2017-09-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-22

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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  • Pat
  • Carmel, CA, USA
  • 2005-08-17

A wonderful listen

I absolutely LOVED it. Exciting, imaginative, and descriptive to the point of feeling the wind on your skin and smells of the ancient cities!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-08-01

Great

Flawless! Thanks for your fabulous job! I've been worried by all the comments about Saphira's voice but I think it matches well. It didn't bother me at all.

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  • Anne-Lise P.
  • 2018-07-08

Interprétation

Je n’ai pas aimé l’interprétation, notamment oarce que le texte est débité à toute vitesse

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  • Reza Uddin
  • 2017-11-20

Good reading but some flaws

The reading is good but the sounds of some characters aren't how it should be. The voice of Saphira was really annoying to hear and the ancient language has an over exaggerated sound. But the rest is good and pleasant to listen. Will listen to the second book.

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  • Maël
  • 2017-08-23

Awesome book, perfect narrating

Loved it, Gerard Doyle really nailed the narrating ! I was first shocked by Saphira's voice (I always heard it like a beautiful female voice in my head), but it finally makes sense and I couldn't imagine it otherwise now.