Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Unabridged) Audiobook
Narrated by Gerard Doyle
Running Time: 31 hrs and 22 mins
The Inheritance audiobook is the final book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The Inheritance Cycle was originally meant to be a trilogy of books, but Paolini decided that the events of Brisingr needed two books to be told properly, so Inheritance was created. This final book is all about discovery and unity. Eragon and his companions learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them. They grow closer together and form alliances as a result of their knowledge gained.
In Brisingr, Eragon and his friends try to rebuild after the battles of Eldest. They repair damage done to buildings and try to mend broken hearts. After he has rectified those matters, Eragon goes back to the elven city to complete his training as a Dragon Rider. During the course of his training, he learns about the Eldunari, which are the heart of hearts of all dragons. He goes on a quest to stop the evil King Galbatorix from using the Eldunari to wield black magic.
Inheritance tells of how Eragon, Arya, and Nasuada battle across the land of Alagaësia to recapture cities from the Empire. In so doing, they form alliances with many peoples and cities within the continent. The elves, men, dwarves, werecats, and many more peoples are now allied together. Eragon and Saphira set out on a journey to learn their true names in order to have a greater command of magic to finally defeat Galbatorix.
There are not many new characters in Inheritance that have not appeared in the first three books, and most of the new characters only have minor roles in a few scenes. One major new character is Firnen, who is a new dragon that hatches for one of the major characters near the end of the book. Firnen ushers in a new age of Dragon Riders in the land.
Plot & Theme
The plot of Inheritance is all about the culmination of the events that have been building in the series ever since the first book. The main characters are tested and tried, and the final missing pieces to the puzzle are put in place so that they can finally fulfil their quest. This book does a beautiful job of tying up loose ends and showing the readers how each character’s personal story contributes to the whole.
Alagaësia is a vast land with varying landmarks and landscapes. While each book in the Inheritance Cycle has touched on different areas of Alagaësia, Inheritance seems to touch on them all, giving the reader a wide panoramic view of the continent. As Eragon and his company travel to recapture cities and form alliances, readers are given an in depth look at the rich land of Alagaësia in all of its beauty and glory. This helps round out the story by giving readers a greater visual.
The themes in Inheritance are all about personal growth, friendship, unity, and equality. As Eragon and Saphira set out to find their true names, they must learn who they really are. This encourages self reflection and responsibility in young readers. Eragon also strives to allow all races of the land to be able to enter into the order of the Dragon Riders. This stresses unity and equality in all things, which is an important lesson for young people to learn.
Gerard Doyle provides his voice for the narration of the Inheritance audiobook and he’s the perfect man for the job. Doyle lends a sense of urgency to the story as he reads it, allowing the readers to feel the excitement of the tale. His tone inflections inject feeling into the words, allowing their meaning to be felt. Doyle even allows a few seconds of silence in strategic moments to allow for dramatic effect.
Anyone looking for a tale about personal growth and friendship should check out the inheritance audiobook. The audiobook allows you to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Alagaësia whenever you want. Gerard Doyle brings the characters and the story to life, and the themes of the book may just leave you wanting to be a better person. Unity, love, and learning all have important parts to play in the Inheritance Cycle of books.