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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 (157 ratings)
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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.

©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)
"An authentic work of great talent. The story is gripping;...it moves with force." (The New York Times Book Review)

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Fantastic job.

Fantastic reading by Gerard Doyle. I only wish Saphira's voice sounded more feminine like it was supposed to be.

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that Sapphira voice was horrible

such an amazing story and not at all the first time for me but the voice he used for Sapphira was almost unbearable.

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good story, unique reading.

it was a struggle to get into the reading style, but doable and enjoyable once you do, however I freakin hate saphiras voice and almost quit multiple times because of it. It never gets better and ruins a huge part of the story.

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it's pretty good fun and dark

the story is pretty good it's a fun time it has a nice dark serious tone to it but it's still fairly light-hearted with a good touch of fantasy my only real qualm for this audiobook is the voice that the narrator chose to use for Saphira it was a very strange choice. Gargled and kind of distract from the story a lot of the time and because of the voice he chose it eliminates his range inability to portray emotions and thoughts adequately compared to all of the other characters.

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Really enjoyed it

I have enjoyed this book greatly as a kid. After listening to it again I have rediscovered my love for the world created by Paolini. At first I didn't like Saphiras voice. However, as the book progresses and I got used to it, her voice made sense as she is after all a dragon. Overall I really enjoyed this audio book and would recommend it to others. #Audible1

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Great for a family trip

The whole family enjoyed this book. From 7 to 41. Good story and plot. #audible1

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LOVED IT!!

The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the book! From our 5 year old,to my husband and I! Would definitely recommend it. we're so excited to listen to book 2!

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Great book

Incredible book, at the start the way Saphira is narrated bugged me a bit and it sounded like the cookoe monster or yoda, however it definitely grows on you especially in the second book and WOW Gerard Doyle has an incredible voice range as he narrates different characters, especially in the second book when many more characters are introduced!

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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.

75 of 83 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary S. Murray
  • 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.

48 of 53 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.

165 of 188 people found this review helpful

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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.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • thomas conner
  • 2014-07-22

MAGICAL CREATURE VOICES SUCKED

Would you consider the audio edition of Eragon to be better than the print version?

BOUT THE SAME JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ SO I LISTEN INSTEAD VERY CONVENIENT.

What did you like best about this story?

IT IS UNABRIDGED SO NOTHING IS MISSING UNLIKE MOVIES WERE THE WHOLE STORY IS CHANGED

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT READING EXCEPT FOR ONE OR RATHER 2 THINGS. THE VOICES FOR THE TWO MAGICAL CREATURES SAPHIRA AND SOLOBUM WERE AWFUL. GERARD DOYLE MADE SAPHIRA SOUND LIKE AND 60 YEAR OLD SMOKER WITH BRONCHITIS AND SOLOBUM SOUND LIKE A HIGH PITCHED YODA WITH STREP THROAT. OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS A GREAT ALL AROUND.

8 of 9 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!!

8 of 9 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!

71 of 86 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

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Daniel McAfee
  • Texas USA
  • 2005-06-23

Entertaining Story

This is really a fun book. It is full of adventure and keeps the listener riveted. The reader is also quite good.

The story was more related to magic spells akin to Dungeons and Dragons or Harry Potter as opposed to what I'll term "sorcery", as in Lord of the Rings. The only negative of the story was the whiney, mamby-pamby nature of the main character, Eragon. His character is definitely not the making of a traditional hero. You continue to hope he evolves in this regard, but never does.

Again, overall, I really enjoyed the story and the reader. I will DEFINITELY be waiting for the sequel due out in August!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 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.