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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 (352 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

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.

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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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Loved it... except Sapphira voice.

Overall I enjoyed this book and am grateful I could listen to it. But I was not keen on the voice. I read this book when I was younger and always imagined a more feminine voice. Instead you get this aggressive sound that even when she is being sweet, sounds negative.

I really do enjoy the rest of the voices though. You can clearly distinguish between them and it is easy to listen to.

I would recommend this book.

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amazing book to get lost in

A book series clearly heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings and written extremely well. Each charachter has so much life and the world is vibrant. The lone critique I have is that the narrator puts on a weird voice when reading dialogue for Saphira that really took me out of the moment from time to time.

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Incredible

Christopher Paolini creates an incredible new world and the main character is a pleasure to follow! Can't recommend this serious enough! Have listened to it several times!

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good but

it was great only thing I didnt like is the voice they chose for saphira but it's easy to get over

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My childhood

I can almost quoat every passage of that book
I loved it read it a hundred times over the pages are yellow cracked and worn the spine is bent almost in two and you know what? I still do.

A book you would not read twice is not worth reading once

A book you would read 100 times is surely worth reading once more

This is one such book

This is my childhood

This series is great

This book is great

I recromend it greatly buy the whole series you wont regreat it

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good

amazing loved it. wish the movie wasn't shiet lol thanks audible for the good audio bless up

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beautiful.. just beautiful

Marvelous fantasy adventure novel. I was quite saddened when the end music played, wanting more.

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  • Mfsm2001
  • 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.

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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.

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  • Sandra
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Karen K
  • 2015-08-20

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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  • Theodore
  • 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.

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  • David
  • 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 88 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Skarie
  • 2003-11-06

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!

77 of 97 people found this review helpful

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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.