Eragon & Eldest (Inheritance, #1-2)
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Eragon & Eldest (Inheritance, #1-2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  11,710 ratings  ·  311 reviews
Gerard Doyle's masterful performance on audio sweeps you into the wondrous epic world created by Christopher Paolini. This special collection includes the first two audiobooks in the Inheritance cycle, "Eragon" and "Eldest, "for nearly 40 hours of listening pleasure.
"Eragon" (14 CDs):
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy-until his destiny as...more
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Published January 16th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published August 23rd 2005)
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I had a really hard time with how bad the writing was in the first novel - Ben and I were reading this aloud while driving, and I kept interrupting with exclamations of dismay. (Really, how many times can something be described as 'liquid silver'? And how many chapters do you need to end with someone being hit on the back of the heading and blacking out?)
Given the lack of resolution at the end of the first book, however, and given that I had the second right there in my hands, I continued on. Pa...more
I loved it. I have already started Brisinger and the 4th book will be headed my way as soon as it is released Tuesday. Had to add this one the the favorites shelf and hopefully the other two will find their way there as well.
Danielle Sealey
The first book in the Inheritance series had me hooked from the first page and there was no way I would have put that book down. It is an amazing series that tugged on my emotions and made me turn every page at lightning speed, waiting with bated breath to see what was going to happen next. There were places described with such accuracy that I gasped out loud and I laughed and cried along with the characters in the book, feeling as though I had fallen into a world I never knew about. I have read...more
Mar 14, 2009 sMarty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone (this book includes book 1 and 2)
Recommended to sMarty by: Spencer Allen, and Juliana
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Excellent books (don't let the movie delude you, the book is so much better). I did like the second, Eldest, every better than the first. However, if you are like me and don't like waiting for the next in a series, the third book isn't scheduled to come out until next September and then who knows when the fourth and supposedly final book will be release. Science fiction well written.
Dec 25, 2011 Lisa is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Finished the Eragon section 02-06-10
Can't wait to find out what happens next!!! Very upset with myself for letting the size of the 2 books together in one volume keep me from reading this for so long. So far, could be one of my favorite!!!

Started reading Eldest 12-109-11
A little long and wordy, but I liked them. I guess my only complaint is that at times you can really tell they were written by a teenager, but still I was impressed. There is no way I would have been able to write books like these when I was seventeen.
Amy C
Apr 18, 2008 Amy C rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
I started reading Eragon with my kids and got totally sucked into the story. It is full of imagination and plot- unlike the movie. Can't wait to read the 3rd one together.
Jul 25, 2009 Nina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers.
Recommended to Nina by: Word got around it was good, you know. Thought I´d try it.
My favourite books so far, though I know I have much more to read. I can't wait for the third one, and I've already read these both twice, but I like Eragon quite a lot more.
Jimeel Barrow
In this book you follow the life of a poor farm boy named Eragon. He lives with his uncle since his mother had to leave. He help on the farm and one day while in the woods hunting he finds a strange looking rock, that's actually and egg, and tries to sell it. No one buys it because of where it was found. Then one day the Ra-zacks came into the village and they're after Eragon. He then decides to leave and run to kill the king, otherwise his "uncle".
I recommend this book to anyone who will enjoy...more
Not much original work in these two novels.

I found this treasure during my junior year of high school, recommended by a fellow classmate in science class. I picked it up,intrigued by the idea of an epic adventure, and was not disappointed in the least. I remember diving into its pages on the bus after school, completely lost in the world Paolini created. Having never been a real fan of the LOTR book series (though i loved the movies) I was wary of any novel of the same genre, but this book left me enraptured and eagerly anticipati...more
Jake H
Jan 03, 2008 Jake H rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes adventure and Medieval times
These two books are about a guy named Eragon. Eragon is a young man who lived in a small town in medieval times. Eragon grew up as an orphan. Winter was coming and since his family, he lived with, were farmers they didn't have much money, so every fall he would have to go hunt deer. Eventually, he got really skilled with bows. One fall he was tracking some deer when all of a sudden out of nowhere a blast of fire scared him, making him duck for cover and he found a "stone" which turned out to be...more
Colin CG
alright, here goes my first review ever, bear with me if it's terrible! These books, Eragon and Eldest, are decent books for being written by a 15 year old, but they do have flaws. As a die hard Lord of the Rings fan, this series seems to take a lot from LOTR. I actually have a theory that the Eragon series takes place many years after the LOTR trilogy, but we won't get into the details of that now. The reading is easy, and flows nicely, Paolini does a good job of keeping the reader involved. Th...more
I put off reading this for a long time because I just wasn't interested in an amateurish attempt at making a dragon fantasy interesting. In spite of the good reviews some of my family have given me, I resisted. Then one day I was in the mood and I was completely wrong about what I thought the book was going to be! I really enjoyed--a lot more than I expected to. Good character development and good story line with what I thought were realistic accomplishments and feelings of an adolescent boy bei...more
Jul 09, 2007 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I LOVE "Eragon" and "Eldest"! So exciting to read these books and Eldest, especially, is an unrelenting page-turner. I stayed up way too late last night because I had to finish the book.


WOW! I knew that Murtagh wasn't dead, but I really thought that he would resist Galbatorix and that Eragon would save him. I just liked Murtagh so much, I wouldn't let myself think that he would really succumb. It's funny that because of listening to "Eragon" as an audiobook that I now read Murtagh...more

that said. the first book is very simple. the language is sort of poor but then again the kid was nineteen. but read it. the plot is simple but it's good.
the main character is not cliche.
the dragon speaks what is pretty cool and there are no soppy gwey love storys.
plus the guy's tutor is awesome
and more importantly the story grows but does not make up stuff out of the blue.
it's a quest.
the second book is much better !!!
Apr 02, 2008 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans or someone wanting an entertaining story line.
Recommended to Jennifer by: My sister, Tresa
I first brought this home from the Library and took it right back. I have never been into books that use words that don't exist. It's hard enough when you know they exist and are simply in another language. But because my sister suggested it to me, I persisted and requested it on cd instead.

I am glad I did. The reader did all the pronunciation for me and helped me get past the sci/fi fantasy block I have had since I was born.

I respect the authors work, I mean, he was 14 or something right? The...more
Dec 31, 2007 Jing rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fanstasy
Shelves: advisory
This book starts out with a boy named Eragon. When he found an egg which hatch into a Dragon, he was pulled into an adventure that change his life instantly. While in it, he had met some people such as Brom a so called merchant and Murtagh a mysterious warrrior. Each one has a past realted to him. With the help of hsi dragan Saphira bonded to me in a certain way, he travels to Vaden territory to take shelter against the evil king of an empire. He late discovered his true abilities in a battle t...more
I started reading this because I won it at the Breaking Dawn release party and it happened to be upstairs while I was searching for something to read.
Someone told me this book (these books) wasn't very well written so I hadn't been going out of my way... Anyway, it was definitely clunky in the beginning, felt a little thesaurusy, if you know what I mean, and a few of the ideas in the story got off to a rocky beginning (all the sudden something the main character could do something that really d...more
Sam Verduzco
Feb 17, 2008 Sam Verduzco rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Sam by: My aunt
WOAH! Eragon rocked my socks off. The most thrilling book I've ever read! Each time I opened the cover I felt like I was zapped into Alagëasia. Totally realistic, on an emotional level anyway, considering this is fantasy, and completely well written from the cover to cover. Each chapter just got better and better and I can still remember the story and replay how I pictured it in my head like a movie. (So what if I'm a geek?)
I got really far in Eldest, but never actually finished it. Some people...more
Kyle Cato
This book is a two in one book that is 1186 pages long. The first book begins when a poor farm boy find a blue stne in the forest. He would bring it home so he can sell it for food for the winter. But the stone brought him a dragon then he realizes he found a legacy as old as the empire. He takes it as his,own know he fights for the world from an evil king with no bounds.
Jun 06, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most everyone
Shelves: fiction
If asked to place this book, i would say that it is a happy medium between the seriousness of the Lord of the Rings and the playfulness of the earlier Harry Potter books. It was not until i read the books a second time that I found out that Paolini wrote Eragon when he was 15 and had achieved bestseller status by the time he was 19--that only adds to the books, I think. The plots of both of these books move along well, with plenty of action character development. While i did not see the film, i'...more
Feb 13, 2008 Kass rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage boys, men
Recommended to Kass by: husband
I loved Eragon from the start. It flowed and had a great pace to it. It was fun and different from anything I'd read in a while. I really liked it so I was excited to read Eldest when it came out. Eldest was a disappointment. It was almost as if the author had one idea when he started (was supposed to be part of a trilogy) and then realized he could sell more books by stretching things out to four books and kind of patched the second book together sloppily. It was not as fast-paced as Eragon and...more
An Odd1
I have read Eragon, and seen the movie twice. I posted the reviews separately for each volume of the double edition. My long-ago opinion was 5*. I will continue, not yet knowing if I have read Brisinger. Plot seems easy to predict, more for the overkill of clues than my memory, I think.
The first and the second half of the second were the most exciting action. Eragon fades away when the focus shifts to the Eldest. I like Paolini's style already; maturity may improve his work.
The bonus on the doub...more
Yasmin Abdeen
This was one of the best fantasy series I ever read. The first book is a bit prosy but if you bear with it you won't regret it. It's one of those stories that make you wish was real once you're done with it. It's a piece of magical genius, no less.
Jun 15, 2007 Alison rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12 year olds
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
There is a big difference between books written *for* teenagers and books written *by* teenagers. Sure, it's better than anything I could have written at 15 or even now. But it's still derivative. I only read both books becuase I had the box set. I've clearly read all the same hobbit/dragon/elf books as the Kid Author and seen the same movies. Harry Potter at least uses common, recognizable themes in clever ways. This kid barely changes the names. And a fifteen year old writing about girls? Oh,...more
I did not enjoy these books. You could see where the author had taken bits from Lord of the Rings, the Dragons of Pern, and The Wheel of Time. Everything was predictable and hard to stay in focus.
Unlike some people who swore up and down that Eragon was basically Star Wars in times of LOTR, I just didn't see it but then again I was never really a huge Star Wars fan (and I tried reading the novels once but it bore me to tears). Anyhow, I really, truly liked this book and Paolini has a pretty good, fluid style of story-telling that's easy to comprehend for the most part. Although, I must admit there were parts in the book where the narrative became a little too long winded for my taste whic...more
I had read it when I was younger, loving every minute of it. As I reread it, I found I didn't like it at all. The character Eragon seems like a complete stiff. There's no personality in any of the characters with the exception of Angela and her werecat. Arya has maybe an ounce of personality but overall none of the other characters do. Also all the books were too slow, it seemed that their really isn't much of a storyline either, it's more like "The Adventures of Eragon" instead of an actual sto...more
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Christopher Paolini was raised in the Paradise Valley, Montana area. His family members include his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and his sister, Angela Paolini. Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from American School of Correspondence in Lansing, Illinois. Followi...more
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