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Eragon

Inheritance, Book 1
Written by: Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (503 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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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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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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Saphira's voice??

The relationship between Eragon and Saphira is one of the most unique I've come across in any book I've read. Unfortunately the narrorator, while doing a spectacular job performing the rest of the story, chose to voice saphira in the manner of a simple beast with an almost childish monster voice that sounds clumsy is her speech rather than wise and articulate as she is on paper. My advice is to read the book on your own if possible. The dialogue between these two characters really is special, something I think that could be preserved with a more elegant tone on Saphira's part. All that being said, still a super entertaining story with strong characters and great action; a truly spell-binding world to get lost in.

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eragon

when I read the book I found saphira to have a different voice poor attitude but I see what he has done as a dragon is quite fierce but all in all such a great series excited to read the eldest or listen LOL

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Only one caveat

I adore this book, I adore this narration, I cannot stand the way he does Saphira’s voice. It hurts me every time I hear it.

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Amazing narration of an amazing book

This is already one of my favourite books, I have read the series at least a few dozen times. Great story, realistic characters, amazing world. I find myself entirely immersed in Alagaesia any time I read it. A friend bought me this audio book because I had expressed an interest in exploring audio books and didn't know where to start. I will admit, I was wary starting with this book just because it was such a huge part of my childhood years and I was unsure about listening to someone else read it to me. I did not need to worry, Gerard Doyle is a FANTASTIC narrator. He reads the different characters speech in different tones, making it much more alive, but without making it sound cartoonish. He does a wonderful job of pronunciation when it comes to the fantastical names and words, and has a voice that is both relaxing and engaging.

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Engaging Read

Christopher Paolini's entry into the Inheritance series is a bright reminder of a favourite read of my youth. The detail is wonderful, and easy to watch the progressive personal growth of Eragon throughout this book --- and a stark difference between this first book and the last book of the series (when rereading).

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The narrator did a splendid job

I've always been a fan of the inheritance cycle(books) but the narrator of this audiobook just took it to the next level, his voice acting was brilliant, so much so that i I actually felt like I was traveling through the vast land of Alagasia

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Gerard Doyle is wonderful

This is such a great series and Gerold Doyle is wonderful. I loved all the character voice’s. Especially his dragons, they were perfect representations of how a dragon would sound! I hope Christopher and company use him for the new science fiction books soon to be released!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-04

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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  • 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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  • Christian Lader
  • 2018-12-08

Narrator Ruins Phenomenal Story

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I almost stopped listening in the first chapter due to the terrible voice of Eragon but I powered through that due to my love of this story. However, the voice of Saphira is horrendously inaccurate. Saphira is a regal and female creature and should sound as such, not as a guttural and poor attempt at a powerful masculine voice more fitting of a Kull maybe in this story. I should have sampled before buying but it was the only option for a chance to listen to my favorite series and I was sorely mistaken in making this purchase. If you have read this story do not buy this the disappointment may even be greater than my disappointment in the movie if that gives you any scale to go off of. If you haven’t read this you may be able to stomach the performance. Good luck.

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  • Victoria L.
  • 2018-04-07

Story so good reader so bad :/

The way he voices the dragon is god awful if its communicating with telepathy why did he feel its voice so had to be so gruff. I honestly wouldnt have got this if i had known the voice would be like that! Wont be finishing the series :/ wasted my credit for the month

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GAEL IMAD EDDINE
  • 2020-06-04

Super

Do you want a good audiobook ? Buy that !!! Narration, voices, in one word SUPER !!! Vous voulez un bon audiobook ? Achetez ça !!! La narration, les voix, en un mot SUPER !!! (Just Arya's voice is...hum...strange...Juste la voix d'Arya est...hum...bizarre...)

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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.