It began with Eragon.... It ends with Inheritance.
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?
©2011 Christopher Paolini (P)2011 Random House Audio
Paolini has brought us a magical world, and Doyle has brought it to life. He has a good speaking voice and gives each of the characters individuality and strength however small their part.
To start, the book is written well and the narration is good…but if you read this series you will be disappointed at the end. I got this book to get closure to the other three books I read. But the closure I got, makes you feel hollow, unsatisfied, frustrated and just annoyed! After four books, where the boy and girl are as close and two people can be, the boy does not get the girl and it makes no sense. I can only conclude that Elves do not care for relationships, the way humans do.
Still, so damm annoying the big baddie gets killed the land is safe and nobody hooks up to live happily after. They all just go to sleep alone with their pet dragons! Lame lame lame.
Also the book is too long for the story told and the audacity of splitting the book in two for the sake of getting more money just makes this series reek of corporate filthy greed.
Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)
The penultimate part in the FOUR book Trilogy is as bright and shiny as well as as sharp as Safira's scales.
Brilliantly performed and narrated.
The characters live even as some of them perish.
The author has dragged the story out excruciatingly, and audible has exploited the fact that this is a long- awaited conclusion by charging 2 credits for it instead of the 1 it deserves, are we to start paying credits for half a book?
The audio quality is good, pleased to have 'Saphira's' voice back to the lovely growly sound it was in book one . I was enjoying the story keeping me awake whilst driving on a long journey - when the story just cut off mid book, with message saying thank you and hoped I enjoyed audible ..... on contacting the customer services I was told I had only purchased half the book and ti hear the rest of the story I will have to buy part two! - What a swiz ! I have bought many many audio books for my children over the years, on CD and from I tunes- including v long books such as all of the 'Harry Potter ' - bur NEVER Before have I been sold just HALF A BOOK ! ..So Just a warning... lovely story- but if you want too hear both the beginning and end of the story that is written as a single book, you have to buy TWO different audiobooks to get just one book . It would have 5 stars if it wasn't for this issue
After 16 quid and about 30 hours of my life, I feel utterly cheated by most of the book and the rubbish ending. Drags all over the place, half character development, no conclusion for some of them. I feel actually "tired" at the end of it. And then he says he's planning number 5? Sod that, I'm not going to be waiting another 5 or 10 years for the next one.
Ruined the series.
Its been a rollercoaster of a ride going through the exciting Inheritance Cycle. what an absolute joy to listen to a fantastic series of books. Christopher Paolini is to be praise for his creativity in creating Alegasia, Eragon, Saphira, Arya and all the characters and creatures in this incredible story. my only sorry is the ride has finally come to an end.
Also Gerrard Doyle is fantastic at not only reading the books but also bringing each character to life. The way he changed his voice wit each character really helps you to understand who is speaking and what kind of man, elf, dwarf or even dragon is speaking. absolute talented man.
After the 3rd book in this series, I approached this with some reluctance. At 30 hours it is a fairly hefty listen and given the trudge through Brisingr, I thought that I may not be able to stick it out.
I was pleasantly surprised. the book was faster paced, more akin to the 2nd book and had a great deal more plot to keep the book marching along.
Eragon is less annoying in this book - perhaps the purpose of his irritating character is to show the growth of the character into a "man"
The real shortfall in this book is Galbatorix. For 4 books, we have heard about his evil nature etc etc yet he lacks the real menace of a villain. He is like Arnold Shwarzenegger as a villain in the Batman and Robin movie when what you really want is a Tom Hiddlestone0 in the Avengers movie
The book ended well. Like Lord of the Rings, it had a long outroduction (new word) and I like this in a book. I like to see what happens to everyone
A satisfying ending to a good series marred only by a poor 3rd book and a less than menacing "tyrranical" villain
"Could Have Been Better"
I loved book 1 & 3. Book 2 was OK. This book was also just OK. I felt like Chris just got bored with the story. He could have ended it in several places and just wrote another book which would have been preferable to what he did with this one. There are too many questions left unanswered and he could have done so much more with this story. The ending is just lazy.
The story is great, but the editing is awful. Since when does a *professional editor* overlook the use of the non-word "incredulousness" when the real word "incredulity" is simpler, well known and a lot less clumsy. The mind boggles!
The narration is, as always, very good, and in many ways covers up the blunders made by the author and his publishing company. The story is pretty exciting, and I can't wait for the conclusion in part 2.
"What a boring, predictable load of trollop"
Paolini needs to learn how to write. Dialogue is stilted, plot is boring and full of tedious and predictable problems.
If you want good fantasy, try Patrick Rothfuss or Russel Kirkpatrick.
"Great except for"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But there is a glitch in about the last 15-20 minutes, they repeat the segment after the dwarfs meet them, hope this can be fixed, it mucks up the flow of the ending.
The story is incredibly captivating, moving, exciting and exilerating. The plot is incredibly well thought out and planned so that every part of the story starting from Eragon (Book 1 Inheritance cycle) up to the last one makes perfect sense and keeps on flowing into each other.
I cannot compare the Inheritance work to any other fantasy work, because it is so much better than anything else that I have read. Christopher Paolini has re-defined the magic fantasy category, and lifte the bar WAY high.
"Literary marvel, similar to Lord of the Rings"
As with Lord of the Rings and similar novels I find the audio edition to be a great companion to reading the novel. I listened and read at the same time. When I could not read I listened.
I would compare The Inheritance Cycle to the Lord of the Rings. The imagery created by the description was vivid, the style of language suited the time of the novels and the creation of the setting was brilliant.
Regarding Gerrard Doyle's performance I can say that his voice suited the style of the novels. I was very disappointed with the voice of Saphira and found Glaedr's annoying for to long.
christopher is pulling out all the right stuff and this is a great book to listen to
the more i read the inheritance series I hope they re make the first movie, this whole series has the ability to rival that of "Lord of the Rings"
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