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Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

Written by: Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Darkness falls.... Despair abounds.... Evil reigns….

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life....

©2005 Christopher Paolini (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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excellent listen

Great listen. Loved to read the book. Loved to listen it again. Narrative nostalgic and engaging

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Gerrard Doyle brings great voice and feel

From Saphira to Glaedr. From Eragon to Orik. Truely wonderful and mesmerising oration by Gerrard

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  • Megs
  • 12-12-12

Poor narrating

What disappointed you about Eldest - Part One?

The narrator. The story is brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Saphira, but the Narrator killed her voice. It is supposed to be nice and pleasant sounding voice yet he gives her a gravely throat cancer voice which made me cringe every time she had a vocal line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerrard Doyle’s performances?

No!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldest - Part One?

N/a

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  • Virginia
  • 24-06-19

Dragon voices

Why does he make the dragon characters sound like they’re big, unintelligent, chain smoking bruts? Really distracting

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  • Neets
  • 16-07-18

Great but

This is a great title and story but I have one piece of criticism. I imagined that Saphira sound like a calm woman, not like a chainsmoker

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  • Magik
  • 16-08-16

Best book ever!!!!

This is the best book in the world and the guy who reads it is really good!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-19

Child hood

The Inheritance cycle is where my love of the fantasy genre comes from and each book when I read them I could not put down. I have listened to them all probably 5 times on top of this as well, Gerrard Doyle’s voice is one from my childhood.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-18

My god the narrator is bad at dragon voices

More dragons = more awful accents. It’s just too gravelly to listen to comfortably. It’s a shame because his other accents are okay, but he’s overcommitted to an awful idea here

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  • dominic
  • 12-02-18

Again the Saphira's voice

As with the first book it is great! But again the voice for Saphira just doesn't fit.

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  • Zedzano
  • 06-07-17

Alright, will listen again

Well, i can say its all well read apart from the voices of the dragons and the werecats, in my opinion they are jarring and ugly where they should be powerful and impressive, it's akin to a tiger trying to roar but instead grunting like a pig. Once one gets used to that its perfectly brilliant!

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  • Molly
  • 20-07-20

Audio glitchey

Quite a few audio errors but I enjoyed the story (despite being quite slow moving at times).

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  • Denise
  • 08-07-20

Brilliant in every possible way and couldn't stop!

Absolutely loved this audiobook. Adventure and wonder. Creative and artistic performance. Bring on the next.

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  • Olive4socks
  • 13-05-20

loved it....looking forward to the next 2 volumes

I've loved this second volume,fantastic narration.....excited for volumes 3 & 4. a wonderful series indeed!

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  • Miss V Pena de la Jara
  • 27-03-20

Eldest

I loved the story Amazing story
I liked the narration but did not like the sound of safiras voice it sounded rong but I got used to it


Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the next book don’t read

Why do the urgles call eragon fire sword when eragon doesn’t have the sword brisinger yet

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

Cookie dragon

The dragon voices are incredibly annoying, so much so that I had to stop listening to books that I adore. Do not buy this audio book! It will ruin the story, but the book or find one read by someone else

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-18

poor voice choices with some characters.

poor voice choices for female characters and dragons/monsters.
overall great storytelling and well paced.

awesome series!

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  • Zoe
  • 28-08-18

Great story; terrible narration.

the books are good. please don't let this dissuade you from the books:
This narrator is a joke. his dragon is, as someone said, a cookie monster interpretation. he mispronounced so many words it jolts the listener out of the mood. like 'trebuchet' does not have a hard T at the end!
alas that there is no other narrator for these books on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-20

Saphirra's voice was gravely Yoda

got a handful of minutes in before I had to stop, usually I love this series and I'd deal with bad narration for the story, but Saphirra sounds like a gravely version of Yoda and by her second line I was completely done. I understand that some people prefer 'a proper dragon voice' but I'd always imagined her with a female voice, so it was a bit of a shock when I heard her speak 😂 otherwise, great story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-19

Great story

So far the story is amazing. looking forward to picking up book 3. I just can't get my head around the voices for the dragons and demons. I'm not feeling it.
otherwise, very well done narration and story!

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  • Kate Blythe
  • 23-06-20

awesome, loved it!!

epic story and great narration! I enjoyed the dragon voices as they gave more majestic power to them.honestly it's worth it

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  • Darrell Jones
  • 09-04-20

Loved this second installment

loved this second book heading straight into the third book now, if you love fantasy adventure read this series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-20

ERAGON and SAFFIRA!

Amazing story. Christopher Paolini should be a CELEBRITY in every country and GALAXY!
This series is the best anyone will ever hear all thanks to Gerrrad Doyle's performance.

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  • Miss C R Impey
  • 31-12-19

Best series ever

This book was shown to me by my friend and I bought these books best series ever
I would recommend this series to everyone



Thanks Christopher Paolini

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-19

CAPTIVATING

I love how the narrator speaks and the voices he makes for the characters. The story was so amazing I just could not stop listening! Excited to buy the next book!
only one thing that I didnt like is I feel Saphiras voice needed be more.. gentle. but I easily reimagine her voice the way I liked it aha