Version: Unabridged
Author: Christopher Paolini
Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 20 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 47 minutes
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Don’t miss the latest book from the author of Eragon, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia! 

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

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 Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

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

Praise for Eragon:
“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” –Booklist, Starred
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report
“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” –Publishers Weekly

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Book Sense Book of the Year
A #1 Book Sense Selection

Reviews (38)

Written by Brandon Wickersham on September 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book, wonderful story line, great narrator

Written by Codi W. on April 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As always great!

Written by Joseph S on February 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This series just keeps getting better!

Written by Anonymous on December 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've read all in this series enjoyed them very much it was nice listening to the audio version. The narrator was ok didn't like some of the voices for the characters especially the dragons overall very enjoyable

Written by Jessica Bonikowske on January 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love these inheritance cycle books. App works great. Never have any issues.

Eldest: Inheritance, Book II

Written by kaleb ramseier on November 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book! I\'ve read them all before. The narrator is horrible but you get used to it after a while.

Written by Tiffany Phillips on November 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Narrator maintains good character voices throughout the story, which aids in maintaining the listeners emotion to the characters. Great story.

Eldest: Inheritance, Book II

Written by Derek Murray on October 29th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator is terrible but if you can get past it the book is amazing.

Written by Kirk Robey on August 16th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant book well worth a listen very much enjoyed

I don\'t like the narrator.

Written by ROY KEACH on August 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love the series it is my second favorite series Harry Potter, the Inheritance Series, Lord of the Rings, and the Xanth series are my favorites work in order.

Author Details

Author Details

Paolini, Christopher

Christopher Paolini was raised in the Paradise Valley, Montana area. His family members include his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and his sister, Angela Paolini.[1] Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from American School of Correspondence in Lansing, Illinois. Following graduation, he started his work on what would become the novel Eragon and its sequel Eldest, both set in the kingdom of Alagaƫsia.

In 2002, Eragon was published by Paolini International LLC, Paolini's parents' company. To promote the book, Paolini toured over 135 schools and libraries, discussing reading and writing, all the while dressed in "a medieval costume of red shirt, billowy black pants, lace-up boots, and a jaunty black cap."[1] Paolini created the cover art for the first edition of Eragon, which featured Saphira's eye. He also drew the maps on the inside covers of his books.[2]

In Summer 2002, the stepson of author Carl Hiaasen found Eragon in a bookstore and loved it, and Hiaasen brought it to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.[3][4] Knopf subsequently made an offer to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance cycle. The second edition of Eragon was published by Knopf in August 2003. At the age of nineteen, Paolini became a New York Times bestselling author.[5] Eragon has since been adapted into a film of the same name.

Paolini's essay "It All Began with Books" was included in the April 2005 anthology Guys Write for Guys Read.

Eldest, the sequel to Eragon, was released August 23, 2005. The third book in the cycle, Brisingr, was released on September 20, 2008.[6] Although the Inheritance cycle was planned as a trilogy, the details for the Brisingr had to be expanded to include a fourth book.[7]