27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
poor version of a great book,
This review is from: Eragon: Book One (The Inheritance cycle) (Audio CD)
I love the book Eragon, I think its an absolutely fabulous story, and I highly recommend the book and its sequel, Eldest to anyone, but I have to say that the narration of this audio book is not very good at all. Despite wining an award for other work that he has done, in this recording, Kerry Shale seems not to be able distinguish voices and characters in any other way than by giving them strongly defined accents, which ends up with Roran sounding like a hillbilly, Ajihad and his daughter Nasuada have some sort of cross between Indian and welsh, and many of the other characters have charicatured exaggerated accents that I find spoil a great story. I also think that too much of the Saphira/Eragon interaction has been edited, reducing Saphira's influence and her presence in the book, as well as the bond between Saphira and Eragon, although this maybe because in an attempt to show the telepathic communication between Saphira and Eragon, the narrator has made Saphira's voice too ethereal and washed out most of the time, so she loses a lot of her humour and sharp-wittedness. I don't like giving a bad review to Eragon, but as I said, this is not a criticism of the book or the story, but of this audio version and Kerry Shale's narration of it.