Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: February 2004
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 23 minutes
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Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.

This deluxe edition of Eragon includes an excerpt from Eldest, the next volume in the Inheritance trilogy; an exclusive foldout map of Alagaƫsia; never-before-seen art by the author depicting Zar'roc, Eragon's sword; and an expanded pronunciation guide to the Ancient and Dwarf languages.

"An authentic work of great talent."—The New York Times Book Review

"Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut."—People

H "Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid."—Booklist, Starred

"An auspicious beginning to both career and series."—Publishers Weekly

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

Reviews (56)

love it

Written by Anonymous on June 21st, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

love love love this book one of the best book in the world

Eragon Book 1

Written by Linda on March 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Even though I've read the book before AND seen the movie, it was a pleasure to listen to it. And I VERY seldom read a book more than once.


Written by Anonymous from Medford, OR on November 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really enjoyed this book on audio more than I did when I read the book. Very fast paced. Wonderful reader except for the dragon's voice.


Written by Anonymous on October 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This story is so similar to Lord of the Rings and Potter which I love so I really enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of them, I think you will like this series.

Eragon (Inheritance: Book 1)

Written by Jo on October 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I just could not get into this story and forced myself to listen to it, in case it would get more never did. A disappointment. Jo


Written by ellen on December 17th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

very superficial characters, no depth whatsoever. standard stuff, cannot compare to tolkien or donaldson. probably good for preteens.

Book 1 in the Trilogy

Written by Anonymous on December 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a really good listen. As good as Harry Potter surely and, in my opinion better than 'Lord of the Rings' with one 'drops the ball' whenever it's critical. The writer dedicates the first half of the book to a mysterious character named Brohm who is a master at pretty much everything and is obviously sent to train Eragon and then it's as if the writer just says, "I'm tired of that so 'poof' he's gone." No explanation...nothing. And the ending is really bad. I know it's a trilogy so it continues but this just stops in mid-thought...almost in mid-sentence. Personally I believe a book should stand on it's own...even if it is part of a series...and this one does not. So, while I believe it's worth a listen I'd warn you to be prepared to be disappointed.


Written by Mark S on December 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story, Great Narration, and a very fast paced book. This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to in YA fiction. I would say its on par with the Harry Potter Audiobooks.


Written by Anonymous on September 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love this book and read it awhile ago. I decided to rent it so that I could hear it while doing other stuff. The voice the reader used for the dragon was so distracting that I didn't last through the whole book because of it.


Written by Denise on August 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a GREAT book! It was exciting and the reading was well done. I highly recommend it.

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]