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Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
Series: Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Brought to you by Penguin.

Gerrard Shale's reading turns this magnificent adventure into a thrilling audiobook for fans of all ages.

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realises he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.... 

©2004 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks
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Great

Would be great to have a female voice for the dragon. but love it all the same. still great to listen to.

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Why split the book into two?

I enjoyed the book, but why split it into two? I have read plenty of books longer than this that are not split at a place where you have to buy the second half. Is this a money spinner audible?

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Eragon

Really great story, gripping and enjoyable. Shame that the voice of the dragon sounds more like a man than I think it should.

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great story. hated the dragons voice

the voice for zafira was irritating to me, not sure why but lacked personality somewhat but that's the only downside I found everything else was fabulous.

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Great start - shame they split the book in two !

Would you listen to Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 - Part 1 again? Why?

I think the story is engaging and it has elements that mean you could listen to it over and over.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eragon the central character is growing and learning and does not get dull

What about Gerrard Doyle’s performance did you like?

Gerrad Doyle's performance overall is good; characters sound different and speech is clear.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is already a film to this book which I have seen before getting the audio book and so far they are very different, but I am enjoying it.

Any additional comments?

I don't like the fact the books are split into two parts! There are longer books un-split!

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Buy the combined book

This book is amazing and if you like your fantasy adventure it will keep you listening.

Make sure you buy the combined book though not this which comes in two halves.

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Great but...

I really love this book. The story is told well but the voice used for the dragon is a bit obnoxious. It's all gurggly like someone who's smoked too much. I understand the perspective the narrator was going for and I can get over the annoying dragon voice because the story is just that wonderful. It's the kind of story you can really get wrapped up into and really makes you want to find out what happens next.

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Great book, can't wait to listen to the next one

Got hooked as the story went on. Wish it was a longer book though as the other books in the series are longer. A wonderful fantasy and emersive. Quite different to the film but better. The voice of one of the main characters was terrible though

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Loved It

I have read the cycle before but really enjoyed listening to this whilst driving to work and back

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Love the series and the voices

You can't go wrong with this series it's a fantastic series of stories that is very entertaining

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  • Bradley
  • 12-03-12

Inspired by those who came before.

Would you listen to Eragon - Part One again? Why?

I quite enjoyed the story and loved the narration by Gerrard Doyle.

What did you like best about this story?

Sooooo much better than the movie. A good start to what appears to be a great Fantasy series.

Which character – as performed by Gerrard Doyle – was your favorite?

Loved the portrayal of Brom, loved the character in the movie as portrayed by Jeremy Irons (a most underutilised actor) and it was great to see him fleshed out in the book and greatly portrayed by Gerrard.

Any additional comments?

The story and so many things in this book are obviously inspired by Tolkiens' works, but done with a obvious love of the original source and with just the right spin to make it his own world, an incredible feat for any author let alone a 16 year old novice (I believe that's how old Mr Paolini was when he finished Eragon).I look forward to sharing this book with my children as they grow older as it is a fine addition to anyone who loves Dragons and the bond they can have with their riders.

I wonder if Anne McCaffrey ever read Eragon?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-20

The reading is a bit off

The dragons voice just doesn't suit. Unsure why the performer chose to make the voice sound like that

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-18

amazing!!!

the narrator was awesome,the book was lovely although it took a long time to finish because I was always busy

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  • Tanmay Chendke
  • 19-04-17

One of the very best books I have ever read

it is the best book ever so wonderful. it stirs up emotions guide you to all the places eragon goes.

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  • Ramandeep Singh
  • 20-09-16

Just phenomebal

loved the show. The narrator is fantastic with pronunciations and his narration skills.
Cannot wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Michael Dawson
  • 20-06-09

Brilliant

This is one of my fav books.
The narrator is pretty good and the storyline is
"Brilliant"

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  • Carrol-Lynne
  • 20-12-11

Eragon - a favourite story comes to life

Would you listen to Eragon - Part One again? Why?

Yes, this is an audio book I will listen to over and over again as well loved characters come to life. Gerrard Doyle has a beautiful voice and the life he instills in his characters makes thems so much more real - and there are quite a few.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how you share Eragons journey from simple farm boy to Dragon Rider and I love Saphira's development and the sense of humour and possessiveness she has for Eragon. The whole world that you are introduced to, the magic, elves, dwarfs, dragons and intrigues are thoroughly enjoyable.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Saphira and Eragon drink too much mead and Saphira belches a huge flame before passing out

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come and experience the re-birth of a legend and one man's journey from innocent farm boy to fierce Dragon Rider

Any additional comments?

The movie that was made would have been a huge success if the film makers had stayed true to the characters in the book. It's the reason the Harry Potter and Twilight transition from book to film was so successful - the films stayed true to the characters and story lines whereas with Eragon the characters in the film had, at best, only a vague resemblance to the detailed descriptions of the characters in the book (& Arya looked nothing like her description in the book) and, if you had not read the books, the film made no sense at all