Eragon

Eragon

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. "An authentic work of great talent."— The New York Times Book Review "Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut."— People "Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid."— Booklist , Starred "An auspicious beginning to both career and series." — Publishers Weekly A New York Times Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A Book Sense Bestseller From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2003.
ISBN: 9780739344804
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Doyle, Gerard
Overdrive Inc

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xarathustra
Feb 13, 2020

Why do we love?
It is because there are dragons.

Why do we die?
Random chance?

How do we become dragon riders?
It is foretold and appears as random chance.
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Eragon has always wondered why, but has not been able to leave his uncle's side to explore the wider world and gain an answer. While hunting in the Spine he finds a dragon egg that opens up the world to him, but not is a way that he expects or really understands. When the egg hatches and his uncle is killed Eragon discovers that his story is part of a larger history and sets forth to fulfill his role in that history.

Eragon begins the story of the dragon riders at the most sensible place - the end of the dragon riders - so that as we travel with Eragon and his dragon we a taught the history of the lands he travels through and discover how Eragon's story is related to all of those he meets.

The four books in the Inheritance Cycle make for a fast-paced crash course in the history and times of the land described. There are many times though where it feels like the characters and the land are not really tied together; sort of like all of the goings-on are going on in front of a green screen. Tied to this same feeling is the sense that Eragon leads a charmed life making it unclear whether or not he really needs to do anything at all - or even can do anything at all. Maybe the whole story is a child's dream from which he will be awakened and called down to breakfast.

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Dawnsinger
Feb 03, 2018

I'd love to know what this audiobook was like, but the Overdrive app has been "updated" and I can no longer use it.

It's now only available for PC users with Windows 8 and 10.
If you have Windows 7, Overdrive downloads, then upon opening you are informed that the new version is required.

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Dawnsinger
Feb 03, 2018

I read Eregon a year ago, and decided to try out the audiobook this year.

Big mistake. Hopefully I can erase the narrator's voice permanently from my mind. Every character has been turned into a whiny, annoying boor.

I managed to keep going, despite misgivings, up to where Eregon is on the mountain with Saphira after their first desperate flight. Instead of Eregon being angry and in pain? Yup, whining.

Two words to sum up this terrible narrator? Pretentious and annoying.

ReadJillyRead Oct 22, 2017

This is a great book to read or listen to. Eragon is a fantastic fantasy, I can definitely see that when the author wrote this as a teenager was into Lord of the Rings. This series does a great job standing up on its own though. I recommend reading all four.

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mishocose
Mar 01, 2015

Great book! love it. I strongly recommend it.

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Bookeness
Jan 25, 2015

A beautifully written book. Great for intermediate readers that
aren't quite ready for Lord of the Rings, but loves books with a medieval type theme.

Melody_vine Nov 20, 2014

I am in the midst of the third book on Cd right now and I'm enjoying them very much while I drive. Looking forward to the next one!

I love the voice actor, he's awesome :) Dragons, dwarfs, elves, people, evil shades and razak sounding very evil... I can recognize them all by their voices when they are speaking. I had no preconceived notion what a dragon who speaks with her mind should sound like. Certainly it should be big and deep and why not gravely - she breathes fire after all.

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Squeekitty
May 21, 2014

I cannot make comment on whether or not the reader was good for the rest of the book, sadly.

However, what I do know is I thought there was an ogre or other form of ugly goblin beast being portrayed in the beginning somewhere (Which seemed odd).
I realized it was Saphira who was voiced like a big troll. Needless to say, he is simply awful at portraying her (which was a deal breaker since she is a protagonist through the series).

I put it down and have not bothered to finish it. :(

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dclifford
Apr 10, 2014

Great book for everyone to read!!!

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book. The characters are distinctive and likable and the plot was fun, though I thought it ended sooner than I expected.

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akiautumn
Aug 19, 2010

great book!!! I read all 3 books and can't wait for the last one

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