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Inheritance

The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
Written by: Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
5 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

©2011 Christopher Paolini (P)2011 Listening Library

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good ending

it's a fun enough book the ending is good the voices for the dragon to still very off-putting for me which takes away from the performance of the overall narration at times but by this point you've gotten used to it
it's a good send-off in an excellent ending leave some options for thought but answers enough questions she feel like a conclusion. that's grounded in the world of reality even in a world with dragons.

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greatest conclusion to the greatest epic

any attempt to describe the climactic conclusion of this epic no mater how elaborate will fall short

i emplor you to consider reading this book

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Adored.

I love this book series Eragon, eldest, brisingr, and now inheritance. This book is the end but could also not be the end if Christopher Paolini decides to keep making more books in Alagaësia.

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Wonderful culmination!

Major loose ends tied up but not too perfectly!
The reading performance was perfect. Saphira's voice really grew on me as the cycle progressed.

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Inheritance Cycle

I have read all the books and enjoyed them all. The I got them through Audible and have really enjoyed listening to them. With listening my hands are free to do other things. A great story.

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Butchered...

The gaps in the book are pretty big like others said. its as if the program stopped recording and no one noticed.
More than that though there should have been another book.
with the summarization mirrioring a half hour show. of all the books this was the most rushed and the most vague.
They may have been long chapters but with the last 20 or so get ready to start stretching your immagination to help fill in the ever so many gaps that just keep appearing.
what a sad ending to a beautiful series, if only it had been given the justice it deserved.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed the while series from the reader to the author to the story. Not thw ending I would've dreamed of, but definitely one that was satisfying. My Thanks to those who contributed to this story!

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Fantastic

by far my favourite book series and story in general. Also the first audiobooks I've listened to are the Inheritance Cycle audiobooks and the quality and narration by Gerard Doyle was great.

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EPIC Story

#Audible1 When you factor in that this book came from the mind of a young adult, it will blow you away. This is a great story of high adventure of a young dragon and her rider in an epic tale as old as time - that of good vs evil

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great ending to an amazing series

this book and series has kept me on the edge of my seat with tons of action and enough mystery to keep you thinking about all the possible answers.
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  • Robert
  • 2012-05-10

All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

Seriously! after reading the reviews of this last book I almost decided not to read it. It was just as good as the previous three.

However, I do believe I understand now why everyone seem to slam it with a disappointing review.

Here is why:
I am sure you all have read many books in the past, and when you finally finish the series you start to imagine what would happen afterwards. Well in this last book it has that information. The book actually ended (In my opinion) about 3 quarters (or more) of the way through the book. In this audio version... at what I would have called the end of the book there is an addition 4.5 hours left, all of it about what happens afterwards.

Simply put about one (or two) chapters after the war with Galbatorix is over that is what I would call "The End:". The rest of it should have been called something else. The intensity of everything that had just happened can not be matched with the piddly administrative stuff that happens afterwards. It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. However if the book would have ended where I think it should have, they my last impressions of the book would have been "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!". But if you are like so many others who have left those comments that are less then amazing, it is because they are judging their whole experience on the way the feel at the end of the book. Which like I said tapers off to Not so Amazing. In fact it went from "Group Hug" to just "ug"... :(

But I didn't let that ruin it for me. Because like I said the bug ended for me with "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!" the rest was just the administrative stuff that happened afterwards.

Advice read until you find what you feel was the end, then close the book and say "OMG! Wowness!" Gloat on it a bit then when you ready to read about the administrative stuff afterwards open it up again and finish it.

I hope this helps. Group Hug!

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  • Kaylee
  • 2016-12-25

Wrapped up the series nicely.

I read the first three books in hardback and reread them all before I got to this final addition. I thought that Paolini wrapped up all the loose ends nicely and pulled together elements from the previous books.
There may have been a few gaps or things overlooked but they were slight enough not to bother me. It was a journey worth experiencing.
I have the performance a 4/5 only because of my reading of the first 3 books and I didn't care for the interpretation of the dragons voices. I always imagined them having normal voices with a vast resonance, the way you might interpret a voice of a god, and not deep and rumbling as they are interpreted by the audio because they speak with their minds and not their mouths. If they did speak with their mouths it would have been perfect. That is no fault of the performer though.
I was definitely grasped and wanted to listen to the entire book once I got about one third of the way through. It does climax several hours before the ending but there were a lot of loose ends to wrap up and was worth the extra few hours.

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  • Shockeray
  • 2017-06-02

Lengthy and bad finish to a decent book

The Inheritance Cycle series started out strong but the farther along, the more plot device characters and coincidences happen to the point that I no longer cared what happened to most of the characters. This down side in itself is the worst thing that you can do as a writer because if people don't care for your characters they will most the time stop reading. I stuck it out though, but again was disappointed by the number of corners that the author had written himself into that made the ending painful to listen to.

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  • Charles
  • 2017-05-17

missing something

Was a great story, but seemed kind of lost every once in a while. Poor Eragon.

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  • Adam Marlin
  • 2016-10-05

Ignore the nay-sayers.

This is a great book and a good ending to an epic tale. The first book is my favorite, but this one is a close second.

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  • Jeffrey C. Coyne
  • 2013-03-10

Difficult to finish

The characters have not developed since the first book. The situations are contrived. The plot thin and slogging. This is a most difficult book to complete. I enjoyed the earlier books but found this to be filled with meaningless tensions and cheerless results.

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  • audiophile
  • 2012-05-29

Disappointing limp to the finish of beloved series

I thought this series was getting stronger. I believed and looked forward to this conclusion for a long time. I bought the book even though I hadn't bought any others.

It just left me disappointed. It was really GREAT for 70% of the way. But then it simply fizzled. It ran out of emotional oomph and wandered from what made it special.

Worth listening to. Worth completing the series. But somehow lessens overall a series that probably needed its strongest installment in order to become great. Take it for what it is: an ending and not a compelling conclusion.

Enjoy, but don't get over-excited and try to make the series into something it's not.

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  • Jt
  • 2011-11-17

Conflicted

I have to give it to Paolini. He is a good auther BUT this book was a let down. When you follow a series for ten years and when the first two books were so promising you expect so much more from a auther. It felt like he was bored with the series and just wanted it to be over with. If you have ever read assasins apprentice you will know what Im talking about. Starts off so strong and fades out at the end. What a waste. Not to say its a horrible book. It is a deciant book but it would be like expecting prime rib and getting hamburger.

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  • Melissa
  • 2011-11-14

Bad Ending

I have to agree with others that the ending was not to my liking. I do not want to kill the ending for those who have not read it yet so I will not get into what it is that upset me, but I will say that by the last page I felt not as if the good guys had won but lost. It was very disheartening to listen to the ending. If you are like me and you start the series then it will not matter what anyone says and you will want to finish with the last book. YOU SHOULD, just be ready to boo the writer in the end.

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  • Andy
  • 2011-11-17

Good book but did not deliver everything

It was a good book and enjoyable to listen to. Gerard Doyle gave his usual good performance though the book failed to tie up all of the loop holes and promises that had been set out in previous books. Overall a fair job at tying up the series.

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  • Gautier
  • 2017-03-22

Epic

My favourite novel read with the best voice I could imagine.... i just finished it for the fifth time I think, but I already miss all the characters :'(