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Eragon

Inheritance, Book 1
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 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.

Be sure to listen to Eldest, the sequel to Eragon.
©2003 Christopher Paolini (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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A reason to be grateful for being deaf?

Would you try another book written by Christopher Paolini or narrated by Gerard Doyle?

I have no problem with the story or author, they are both very good. so I decided to listen to this series, but as soon as the dragon started speaking I wanted to tear my ears off.

This is the worst narrator I have ever come across!!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

Anyone else, a incoherent two year old would sound better than this angry Scottish cookie monster wannabe.

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Love the book, hate the narrator.

I wanted to die when the narrator read Saphiras lines. Maybe it's just me but the voice he uses is nothing like what I imagine her character. It's more like an unintelligent troll. I instantly regretted buying this audiobook.

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Brilliant Narrative skills!

Narrator is second to none!

I was very impressed with his range of different dialects.

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  • Mfsm2001
  • 23-02-2004

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.

63 of 69 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 13-03-2008

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
  • 27-04-2014

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
  • 07-11-2003

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2017

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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  • jeffrey millirons
  • 20-09-2017

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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  • Michael
  • 02-11-2006

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!!

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  • Theodore
  • 07-01-2013

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 32 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 02-12-2003

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 87 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • 17-08-2005

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

Great story, well written,

Would've rated it 5 stars if it wasn't for the narrators choice of voicing Sapphira as if she had a history of meth abuse. Really? what the hell was that choice of voice for her? killed so many emotional moments and straight up does not fit with her character at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2019

Great series, recommend it to anyone

Not a fan of saffiras voice, but thats from hearing another version of the book

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  • Eleanor
  • 20-06-2011

An very exciting book!

Bought for my 9 yr old who has been glued to my iPod most evenings listening to it. Thoroughly engaging and brilliantly read. Doyle really brings the book to life and has a great feel for the characters. For this series the monthly credits just don't come around quickly enough. Highly recommended

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  • Sophie Brown
  • 30-07-2019

Brilliant!

The more I listened the more involved I got with the story, I just cant stop!! cant wait for the next book.

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  • Adrian Whittaker
  • 15-04-2019

Not bad, but marred

A very good performance by the reader except for one critical thing. The dragon is female, so why give her a voice like a man gargling rocks? It requires you to adjust to it every time the dragon speaks. If you can't do it, then find another version, seriously.

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  • Ida
  • 03-02-2019

Best book ever!

All time favourites! This is far better than HP, LOTR or anything else. Nothing compares with theese books. Read them all like 5 times now and I read them once a year.

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  • wyatt harris
  • 08-09-2018

Fantasic!

Absolutely fantasic book, loved every bit of it. The voices I've always read in my head make a bit better but having it read to me is awesome!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2018

Simply the greatest book

I fell in love with this book during my listening. You have to get used to the narrator but once you do he is really good, except for Saphyras voice. But how does a dragon even sound?? Haha

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  • Becky
  • 02-10-2017

AMAZING

I loved this book so much! and the guy reading it has a beautiful voice that captures your attention without fail ♡ now onto Eldest

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  • Kirstine Andersen
  • 03-09-2017

Great story.

Loved it. One of my all time favourites. Looking forward to reading the second part again.