Author: Christopher Paolini
Length of Audiobook: 16 hours 23 minutes
Original Publishing Date: 26 August 2003
Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Synopsis (from back of CD case):
“When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 realizes 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….”
(known) Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:
- character death
- familial death
(known) Representation in the novel:
(Since I DNF’d, I don’t really know all of the possible trigger/content warnings or representation)
DNF @ 3 hours, 4 minutes out of 16 hours, 23 minutes
Oh my goodness, where to even start…
My biggest issue was specifically the medium: I do not like Gerard Doyle as a narrator. Absolutely loathe him, actually. The general narration was fine, but dialogue? I get that the dialogue itself was really kinda bad, but Doyle couldn’t really do any of the characters justice. Eragon’s was alright, but I really couldn’t tell the difference between anyone else’s voice outside of “Eragon” and “not-Eragon.” Except for…Saphira. Darling Saphira, the beautiful blue dragon that could have been majestic if not for Doyle butchering her voice to smithereens. It’s like he didn’t even try, just thought, “Ah, yes, a broken garbage disposal….That’s the perfect voice for her.” I couldn’t get over it, and that’s a major reason why I DNF’d. The voice sucked all the fun out of the book for me.
Well, that’s not true. I’m pretty sure the stilted dialogue sucked a little bit of fun out, too. Also the long, winding paragraphs of description and text. Because, uh, wow. It was bad.
But yeah, wasn’t that impressed with this, which is a shame because I remember enjoying it when I was in middle school. Oh well, maybe I’ll pick up the book to finish it.