- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: October 16, 2003
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000U7N4G
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Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Though they've been out for quite awhile now, I have to be honest and say I bought them years ago, and only got them off the shelf a few months ago. Having been grown up as an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, and the usual fantasy fare, I was pretty excited to re-enter that universe.
These have been reviewed ad infinitum; so I think I can really only add to the discussion my own experience with the four book as a 47-year-old reader. I was a bit concerned that they might be written a bit too much for kids, as I'd heard they were. But, I have to say, I was definitely misinformed. These are as applicable to adults as the Harry Potter or Hunger Games books or any other well-written fantasy tales that were initially marketed to the teen reader market, but obviously found runaway success with readers from all age brackets.
In short, each of the four books was a very fun read, and I would absolutely recommend the series to anyone with an interest in the fantasy genre.
There is a review on here stating that the book is only decent for a 17 year old to have written but not an adult, and that is nonsense. You would not know it was written by a 17 year old unless you were told and it is criticized unfairly because of his age. He does not "borrow" fantasy elements from more widely known authors any more than those widely known authors borrowed from ancient fairy tails. Tolkien and Le Guinn were not any more creative, many fantasy elements in their stories go back to before their stories as well. But this author is judged much more harshly and unjustly because he is young by people who are unable to form their own opinions and blindly judge the worth of a book by its acclaim. And the fact that this book is not a cult classic such as Tolkein's should not affect its merit.
It is a very good book and is only insulted by those jealous of the young author's success.
This story centers around Eragon, a 15-year-old boy, and as the cover suggests, a blue dragon. Since this is the first book in what is now a four-volume cycle, there was a lot of time in training where both Eragon and the reader learn about how to use magic, the history of the Riders (humans and elves who form a bond with dragons), and the background on the two warring factions.
I think "Eragon" is a good young adult read free of bad language and sexual scenes. It is a story where a young man must face the harsh realities of evil, take a stand, and serve the common good even at the risk of death.