• by Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by Kerry Shale
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.Overnight, his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.


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Flamin' good

I purchased the hardback version of this book and Eldest for my stepson last Christmas because he has a thing about Dragons as lots of boys do. With the movie version hitting the cinemas soon I thought I'd listen to this to see which I enjoy the most. The first thing that struck me about Eragon is the talent the writer has to transport you to a believable mythical time and place especially as I believe he was 15 when the book was written.If you love Lord of the Rings and such books you could do a lot worse than this as the feel is very much the same.Dwarfs ,Elves and Shades are just a sample of characters you'll come across, some good some evil but there is battle action , magic , happiness and sorrow all rolled together.The narrator is skilled at creating character voices from Eragon himself through the spectrum of Riders, Kings , Dragons and such and my only reason for not giving this audiobook 5 stars is that it ended just when I was so hungry to find out what happens next. I will be downloading Eldest without a doubt.
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- Sandra

Well worth 9 hours of listening!

Having already read the book, it seemed a bit indulgent to get the audio version for a long trip - however it was well worth it! This audio version will become a favourite for sure - little details stand out on retelling. It's an all action, magical mix of adventure, spell casting and battle. It would suit a Tolkien or Pullman fan especially - Paolini certainly has a wide ranging vocabulary! A terrific book from start to finish, narrated in style. Highly recommended.
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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks