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Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 - Part 1 | [Christopher Paolini]

Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 - Part 1

Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider,l 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.
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Part One of the Fourth Book of the Inheritance Cycle: Inheritance.

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 farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost

Part Two of Inheritance is also available to download, and features an interview with the author and his editor at the end of the recording.

©2011 Christopher Paolini (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Apollon Caterham, United Kingdom 12/12/2011
    Apollon Caterham, United Kingdom 12/12/2011 Member Since 2010

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    "Too long and a disappointing end (Spoilers)"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    alleyeagle 05/12/2011
    alleyeagle 05/12/2011 Member Since 2007
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    "Overlong and overpriced."

    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?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    27/11/2011
    27/11/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "Long. Rubbish ending."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mrs Haverhill, United Kingdom 26/11/2011
    mrs Haverhill, United Kingdom 26/11/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Inheritance Book 4 - onlty half the story :("

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hayley Plymouth, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    hayley Plymouth, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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    "Well spoken"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Hitchin, United Kingdom 01/03/2013
    Debbie Hitchin, United Kingdom 01/03/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit long"

    Overall I have enjoyed reading/listening the Inheritence cycle books but this book is longer than it needs to be (as with the rest of them). It kept me to the end though so I could cope with the slow bits as there was many good bits in between. I really like the way the novel deals with magic and Eragon is actually relatable considering I've never been a dragon rider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    27/02/2012
    27/02/2012 Listener Since 2009
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    "Waaaayyyy tooooooooooo looooooooooooooonnnnnnngggg"

    Loved the first 3 books but this was a major disappointment. Agree with the other comments re charging 2 credits to get one book - I got stung by this for 'A Game of Thrones' and I think it's bit cheeky of Audible to be doing this especially when they didn't used to. I can't see a highstreet bookshop ever getting away with chopping a paperback in half and selling each half separately, but that's a criticism of Audible not the story.

    I feel Paolini has become rather self indulgent with this saga. I understand it was originally planned to be 3 books, I wish he'd stuck to that now. Sections of this book are tortuously dull with seemingly hours upon hours of overly detailed description, many bits of which don't really make sense, e.g. "he was overcome with a sense of anger, grief and ambivalence". How the heck can you be angry and ambivalent about the same thing?!?!?

    Where the author gets on with telling the damn story (already!) he shows he's still got a sense for what made the first three books so enjoyable (the bits with Roran Stronghammer are easily the best parts, imo) but too often he allows himself to get bogged down in the minutiae of a world he clearly loves, but, on getting to know it in such detail, I found a bit dull. A perfect illustration is that once we get to the conclusion of the big battle, which we've been building up to for 3.75 novels, we still have 5 hrs of play time left on the auidobook! That's just too long to tie up loose ends, which don't really get tied anyway.

    Having come this far, if there is a 5th book I'll probably end up reading it as I'm in too deep to pull out now, but this was a huge let down after I found the first 3 parts so enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nic Castle UK 23/12/2012
    Nic Castle UK 23/12/2012

    Nic Castle

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    "Get it now"

    All that can be said is get the whole series of books. They are amazing and aa great read/listen. Rivals Tolkien.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Via Adelong, Australia 13/01/2012
    David Via Adelong, Australia 13/01/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Missing"

    Loved the book,but it really missed the happy ending for Eragon and Arya.Hope there is one more book to finish it off.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • teves09
    28/11/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ALDARA PARK, South Africa
    18/11/11
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    "Incredulousness !?"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Brisbane, Australia
    20/12/11
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolene
    Roodepoort, South Africa
    30/08/12
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    "Totally spellbinding"
    What made the experience of listening to Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book Four, Part One the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book Four, Part One to and why?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kassandra
    Chinchilla, Australia
    22/04/12
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    "Literary marvel, similar to Lord of the Rings"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book Four, Part One to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book Four, Part One to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    Western Australia
    17/04/12
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    "perfect conclusion"

    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"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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