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The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

Tales from Alagaësia Volume 1: Eragon
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini.

A wanderer and a cursed child.
Spells and magic.
And dragons, of course.
Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia.

It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective. 

This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon's own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist, penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself!

Relish the incomparable imagination of Christopher Paolini in this thrilling new collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle.

©2019 Christopher Paolini, John Jude Palencar (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Seif
  • 03-01-19

A very good hold over until another book is made

This book is extremely entertaining and filled with amazing new tales. If you enjoy the Inheritance Cycle you'll enjoy this. My only complaint is after getting use to the way the reader voices characters in the main series to have him suddenly change it in this is slightly offputting. But even so still a great story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Good listen

It was fun to firther follow the story of Eragon, and the writing was good, wortg the listen.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 18-04-19

What a disappointment after the long wait!

A horrible incoherent rambling. I only managed to get 3/4 through this book before my utter disappointment drove me to put it down and stop listening as to not continue to foul my mood. I'm an extremely big fan of the Inheritance cycle books and read the whole cycle through at least 5 times and enjoyed the story and quality of writing every time.
However, after the wait of 7 years to be presented with this... Rather keep quiet until another quality work kan be published than to do this, and loose the confidence and support of you fan-base.

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  • Mr Daniel Bodle
  • 02-01-19

Great

This book is fantastic.it's great to return to this series. Gerard Doyle is a great narrator and Paolini a superb author

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  • Samuel Kings
  • 13-01-19

Enjoyable set of stories

I really enjoyed listening to this, and I have been inspired to reread the original stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-19

Good but shallow

As always Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and it was great to listen to the tales of the amazing characters created by Christopher in the Inheritance cycle. However, the story lacked depth and seemed to skim along the surface of events. I look forward to future stories.

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  • Mike
  • 18-01-19

Over all really good and long awaited

Really enjoyed it, it’s different from the usual and I can’t wait for number two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-19

Not as good

I really want another book! I really do like it but it was so short! Please make another one

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  • steven donnison
  • 15-11-19

Bring back kerry shale

I love the inheritance cycle but please please please bring back kerry shale as the narrator

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  • M. Tomos Green
  • 19-10-19

okay

it's an okay story nothing compared with the original series just feels a bit lost in its self

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  • chris daltrey
  • 01-08-19

disappointed

I love the inheritance series and picked this up to see what happened next. I was lost on the mini-stories and hoped it would tie off 1 or 2 main characters, not what felt like bits and pieces. it's a shame there is not a continuation of Eragon's next steps.

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  • Jon Hall
  • 13-07-19

Great Book! Perfect for Inheritance Cycle Fans

An excellent continuation of the World of Alagaësia. Though the story picks up not long after the Inheritance Cycle ended and has many characters from the original Cycle, it does not feel like Paolini changed his mind about finishing the Inheritance Cycle where he did and decided to just keep writing. Rather The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm comes across as a brand new adventure. Yes, you almost certainly need to have read the Inheritance Cycle to be able to fully appreciate this book, but it does stand on its own and feels like a new chapter in the world of Alagaësia with many potential avenues to pursue and discover how they interweave as the story unfolds.
I particularly like the stylistic setup or the medium in which the Paolini’s choose to engage with the various storylines. Because everything was not solely present-first-person in nature (as the inheritance cycle books were) it meant that the narrative could smoothly jump between storylines, bringing in history to explain/expand our engagement as readers, and alter the tone of the particular chapter depending on what part of the world was being covered. It gives the book an enjoyable variety.
The story looses 1 star, simply because by the end of it everything felt a little disjointed. While I understand that this is just the beginning of a set of books (trilogy, cycle, saga, whatever it turns into), it left me unsatisfied as each of the four storylines broached in this book where only barely introduced and left many questions. And while being left wanting more is a good thing, I also think a bit more substance would have given the book that rounder feel, rather than just a collection of short stories. Nonetheless, if the Paolini’s continue to publish books like this one consistently, I suppose my unsatisfied feelings would be sated. I have similar thoughts about Andrzej Sapkowski’s books though, which could mean I am just impatient, so take that as you will.
Overall, an excellent read (listen).

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  • Simon Price
  • 05-07-19

nice to be back

I enjoyed this collection of stories enhancing the over all collection of eragon and now we need another epic story

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  • Jonah
  • 21-01-19

An epilogue and a prologue

This book seems to act as a bridge between the inheritance cycle and what is to come. The story (well the three of them) are a bit to short to enjoyed as his other books are though they do leave you interested for what is to come with some suggestive hints here and there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

Captivating and Continued Brilliance

What an absolute delight to read. Many of my favourite characters, some excellent new ones. The return of Eragon and Alagaësia is something we as readers have been waiting 10years for and it didn’t disappoint! Bring on the next volume!

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  • Krissy
  • 11-08-19

Much anticipated

Answering some questions and leaving you with more. Love it! Great narration and addition to my favourite book series.

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  • Samantha-Jane
  • 26-06-19

Some for all, but not enough!

was wonderful to hear about Eragon and a few of the old fav names pop up and new stories, found it enthralling but bittersweet as its too short for my liking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-19

A bit short

I would have liked a bit more ,it was as if the story was a forced thing that he had to do without a lot of thought out into it. But as a story teller, he’s brilliant 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-19

Enjoyable

I wasn't particularly invested in the storyline compared to the inheritance cycle books but it was still enjoyable. I would have liked to hear more about Eragon amd the other key characters from the inheritance series.