As an adult of many years, I have read and enjoyed many young adult novels and fantasy novels - and Dragon Rider now rates as one of my favorites. It is funny and exciting and a total joy. Brandon Fraser is now one of my favorite readers. He has an excellent ability to create a character - with only his voice. It is worth purchasing the novel just to hear the voice of the elf. Everytime the voice of the elf came on it made me smile. The basic plot is well documented in the book listing - but for me what made this book was the Brandon Fraser - I do hope that we will hear a great deal more from him.
I'm a new fan of both Cornelia Funke and Brendan Fraser. This is a really fun book, suitable for adults and kids alike, so it's great for family road trips.
Brendan Fraser is absolutely fabulous as narrator. He has a different voice and accent for each character, and they're all great!
This story was my 5 and 7 year olds favorite, an exciting adventure. I couldn't wait to get back to it each time too. It's going to be hard to find something to equal this. The best narration of all the audio programs we've heard. Please sign on Brendan Fraser to narrate many more!
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
The story is a wonderful story that was an easy listen and the characterization of the characters by Brendan Fraser was superb.
Excellent choice for children and adults.
I told a friend of mine how much I loved the book Eragon after having audioread it. She suggested that if I liked the genre then I should try some of Funke's work and start with Dragon Rider. Perhaps a subtle distinction but I don't consider this the same genre. The fantasy in Dragon Rider is clearly intended for children, probably the Disney crowd, with talking animals and children who accept them and that very easily. On the other hand, the dragon in Eragon can communicate with select humans (and Elves) but not talk. So while I was intrigued by the telepathy aspects of Eragon the talking animal thing got old quickly for me with this story and I gave up not too far in. It may be a great book (although I even found the beginning much too predictable) but not if you're looking for an Eragon-type fantasy.
Brendans voices are spectacular!! Listened to it 2xs in 1 month on 2 different roadtrips and was enthralled the whole time. It also kept our 4 kids (age 6-12) entertained. wow, Just wow 👏
ABSOLUTELY! The exquisite verbal theatrics of this reader are th eonly one yet worthy of the author's labor of incredible imagination! Not at all a typical dragon story to begin with, this tale begins as if it very much for younger readers only. But, as an offering from a true literary genius, it carries us along to places we never thought to go, in way we never thought we'd get anywhere. All fans of fantasy (except horror or hack-and-slash, should buy this and tell their friends. Exhilirating.
Hard to decide. The characters are all so individual and intgeresting, I think it was the mouse who flew the plane, or the grumpy, mushroom-chomping Brownie.
EVERYTHING! He did a spectacular job portraying characters whith a speech impediment and voice idiosyncrasies while keeping them easy to understand.
I laughed til I fell out of my chair.