Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Children's Book of the Year, 2006.

Darkness falls... Despair abounds... Evil reigns...

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall, one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life .

©2005 Christopher Paolini (P)2006 Random House

Critic reviews

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Children's Book of the Year, 2006.

What listeners say about Eldest

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    107
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    16
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    74
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    19
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    97
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    9

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

This Audio skips entire parts of the book!

Don't buy this Audio. The accents for the characters are all over the place, they don't suit the characters and (the worst deal breaker) it skips entire parts of the book. I was reading my book copy along while listening to the audio and I realised the audio just jumps over entire sections of the book!!!! What the hell! This is not what I paid for and im furious. I waited a whole month for my credit and then wasted it on this. Don't do it. I would give it 0 stars if I could

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Terrible storytelling

Awful version of the original book. Whole chapters missing, various parts omitted throughout the audiobook from the paperback which I can only fathom to make the audio cheaper to produce, utterly disappointed with the telling and characters voices not congruent throughout the book.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Different Narrator From The Others.

Was very displeased to realised this version skipped quite a bit of the book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Voices changes from previous book and bits missing

The voices have changed a lot like orick the dwarf goes from deep and powerful to like he has taken a load of helium . And bits was removed like the puzzle he was given by the dwarfs and the religious customs of the dwarfs ie how ereagon is now considered a dwarf that he must ensure that if a fellow dwarf dies that he makes sure he is returned to the catacombs or buried in stone ... All this and more was removed which explained a lot in the later books

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

The legend continues

I reviewed Eragon back in 2006 as Sanlan37 and looked forward to the next part of the story. A friend of mine had the Gerald Doyle version on cd but I prefer the narration of Kerry Shale after getting used to his character voices in Eragon so I downloaded the audio book from here instead. I was not dissapointed . You get a follow on from where the last book ended, and the story is progressed in such a way that it's possible to see a third book on the horizon without compromising the end of this story. A talented new writer without a doubt.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Horrible accents

Do not buy this version! I bought the unabridged version by accident. The accents are awful. The fake Indian accent is bordering on racist. I listened to 20 mins before checking and realising my mistake. I then bought the unabridged version which I will now listen to.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

missing huge sections

I can't think somebody would read the book and cut so much out. immensely disappointing

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I bought this book in a mistake

I thought I bought the Gerrard doyle on but even though it took time to get used to the new storyteller I found it overall quite enjoyable.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

ABRIDGED VERSION DO NOT BUY

Abridged version of the book. cuts out so much of it, barely worth reading it this way.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

I don't like the narrator. Ruins the story

The narrator doesn't suit this book, I much prefer Gerrard Doyle. If I had realised different narrators did this book I would have been more careful in my purchase.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-20

Good listen but abridged???

Loved the story but was disappointed when I realised that it was abridged. An abridged version does not do justice to Christopher Paolini's story. The reader was good though and I loved most of his character's voices - once I got used to the accent. For those who listened to this version, please do yourself a favour and read the book to understand its true magnificence.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

entertaining read

Book 2 was a really enjoyable listen with lots of surprising twists and turns that kept it interesting.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ripa sanghvi
  • Ripa sanghvi
  • 29-01-16

awesome book. clear audible books. will definitel

edhv gv 3xc excellent awesome thanks for the use of the this email and destroy

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S
  • S
  • 26-01-13

OK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

the narrator was horrible, accents terrible, and overall poor performance.
Should never use an american accent for the audio book, it makes it feel cheap.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

plot was OK