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Summary

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

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The Series That Shaped My Life

I first read Inheritance years ago when it was first released. Listening back to it now brings back such a deep nostalgia that I know will resonate within me forever. I have no doubt that these books will stay with me for as long as I live and have shaped me to be the person I am today and continue to shape me and my choices.

This reading was entertaining and added characteristics to the books where I might have overlooked. Furthermore it was so gripping that I often found it hard to stop listening. Overall, it was a great listen and one I don't doubt that I shall come back to.

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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.

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Brilliant Tail of Brilliant Scales

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.

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enjoyed very much.

excellent books. I was engrossed throughout all of the books. they were all very good. but this one was definitely my favourite.

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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?

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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

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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.

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extraordinarily well narrated entry-level fantasy

here, Doyle performs exceptionally and consistently - worth a listen for nostalgia. From book one to four characters are consistent and his portrayals are lively. can't say the same for the fork, the witch and the worm, though.

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The final book of the four part trilogy 😂

Inheritance is the final book in the inheritance cycle. These books need to be read in order to understand the storyline.

The story itself is really quite good. The pace is great. The book follows Eragon in the final battles he faces to save Alagaësia from Galbatorix’s evil reign, it also follows his cousin Roran as he gains more responsibility and respect in the Varden army.

The performance of Gerard is as good as the last books. I really do like him as a voice actor for this series, though I still don’t think Saphira‘s voice is quite right. The music is still there and annoying as the others but thankfully it is only a little at the start and end.

Chapter 74…. The first 16 or so minutes are repeated so twice you get to hear of the travel along the river, but don’t skip it as it repeats as the last three minutes or so is the actual end of the chapter and of the book!

Again the last 30 mins chapter 75-80 are an exclusive interview between Christopher Paolini and his editor, but to be honest I wasn’t interested in that so onto The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm.

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After their win in Feinster, the Varden begin moving through the Empire, laying siege to key cities and taking over them.

At Belatona, Saphira is attacked with a Dauthdaert. This is one of the only remaining ones from the elves war with the dragons centuries ago which has the ability to bypass magical wards. Around the time of the Bellatona battle, the werecats form a treaty with the Varden

After Bellatona, Roran is sent to Aroughs where some of the Varden have laid siege to the heavily fortified city but failed to take it. Roran comes up with a very unconventional plan to take the city which works.

Dras-Leona is proving difficult for the Varden to take. Roran returns to the main army, and Joed finds a way into the city. A plan is formed and the story again splits into chapters of Eragon and Roran, each fighting a different way to gain the city.

Unfortunately after their victory, during the camps celebrations, Murtagh and Thorne kidnap Nasuada. As she wished, Eragon is named the new leader of the Varden… but not one to be tied down, when Eragon uncovers a secret that could help them defeat Galbatorix, he leaves the Varden and travels to the rock of Kuthian - as suggested by Solembum in the first book.

During this time, we get to see some of the tortures Nasuada faces from her point of view. After uncovering their true names as well as the secret, Eragon and Saphira return to the Varden who are now just outside the gates of Urû’baen.

Eragon tells the leaders of the Varden the plan of attack and the next five hours of the audiobook flip between Eragon and Roran giving you a great insight into the battle from two fronts.

After the battle… well I’ll let you find out what happens in the last four plus hours of the book!

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Read the book years ago, great to revisit

Loved it great story. Bought and read the book on its release date and couldn't put it down. Now over 10 years later enjoyed it just as much again.

Fantastically read.

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  • teves09
  • 28-11-11

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.

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  • Christopher
  • 20-12-11

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.

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  • Penny
  • 18-11-11

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.

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  • Kassandra
  • 22-04-12

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.

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  • Colleen
  • 28-11-11

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.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 30-08-12

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.

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  • michael
  • 17-04-12

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"