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Summary

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)2009 Random House Audiobooks

What listeners say about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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Great but

This is a great title and story but I have one piece of criticism. I imagined that Saphira sound like a calm woman, not like a chainsmoker

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My god the narrator is bad at dragon voices

More dragons = more awful accents. It’s just too gravelly to listen to comfortably. It’s a shame because his other accents are okay, but he’s overcommitted to an awful idea here

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Best book ever!!!!

This is the best book in the world and the guy who reads it is really good!!!

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Chapters do not match

The chapters in the audiobook are a mess. They need to be reorganised. One chapter can contain two or three chapters with the last one being cut off and carrying onto the next ‘chapter’ according to audible.

Was annoying trying to sort it out while listening to it in between reads as I have the physical copy of the book.

Other than that, decent book. Just fix the chapter issues.

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Child hood

The Inheritance cycle is where my love of the fantasy genre comes from and each book when I read them I could not put down. I have listened to them all probably 5 times on top of this as well, Gerrard Doyle’s voice is one from my childhood.

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Again the Saphira's voice

As with the first book it is great! But again the voice for Saphira just doesn't fit.

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Alright, will listen again

Well, i can say its all well read apart from the voices of the dragons and the werecats, in my opinion they are jarring and ugly where they should be powerful and impressive, it's akin to a tiger trying to roar but instead grunting like a pig. Once one gets used to that its perfectly brilliant!

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Loved it

One of my favourite young adulthood-hood books, I felt so much nostalgia and eloquently read.

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Eldest picks up right where Eragon left off. As events unfold quickly for Eragon at the start of the book, the majority of the story is rather slow-paced. Eragon and Saphira continue their education as dragon and rider while learning more about the culture of the elves.

The story alternates between Roran and Eragon every few fapters, giving you something exciting to focus on. One thing that always annoyed me while reading this book many years ago, was how and when the chapters end. They often end on a cliffhanger, leaving you desperately wanting to catch up with the character you just read while trying to focus on the current protagonists’ story.

Both Eragon and Roran are built upon as characters and grow as people while the story progresses, giving book 2 another epic journey. Paolini did a nice job of bringing Eragon and Roran’s journey’s together at the finale to set up book 3. Sadly, I don’t have the audiobook for book 3, though this has just left me hyped for the opportunity to read it again.

Much of what I have to say about the narration was covered in my Eragon review. There were 2 – 3 instances where music was played during a scene or character intro. I just found it obnoxious since it was done only a few times and seemingly came out of nowhere.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy Eldest as much as I enjoyed listening to Eragon. The scene’s where Eragon is with the elves just bored me and left me uninterested. When the main character goes from traveling across the known world to sitting in a forest, it’s easy to see why. I do still recommend this audiobook for the same reasons I recommended Eragon. The convenience above all, though the name pronunciations are also a huge benefit.

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Nope

Read the book many times but the narration was really off. Just not my thing

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Poor narrating

What disappointed you about Eldest - Part One?

The narrator. The story is brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saphira, but the Narrator killed her voice. It is supposed to be nice and pleasant sounding voice yet he gives her a gravely throat cancer voice which made me cringe every time she had a vocal line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerrard Doyle’s performances?

No!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldest - Part One?

N/a

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Dragon voices

Why does he make the dragon characters sound like they’re big, unintelligent, chain smoking bruts? Really distracting