I couldn't put it down. Brendan Fraser was an excellent narrator that kept my attention especially with his ability to change his voice for the different characters. This is a great book for upper elementary students.
The struggle between good and evil, master and slave, kindness and fear.
The battle of the dragons was my favorite scene. I couldn't put the book down!!!
This is a fabulous story full of fun entertaining characters. I will listen to this story over and over again. Brendan Frasers's performance is the main reason for this. He is underused in Hollywood. I was amazed at his ability to perform the voices and accents and sound effects. He made the whole story come alive for me. I have resisted reading it as it bored me once, but listening made me agree with my 10 year old daughter. YES this is A GREAT BOOK! Try it not only for the story, but to enjoy a very gifted actor who should read more children's fiction.
The release of the dragons by the mountain dwarf is a fabulous moment. Simple and sweet.
We love the part when the moon turned dark and the dragon had to land on a sea serpent in the middle of the ocean.
The scene involving Twigleg's confession made me ache for his character's change of heart.
I would never hesitate to download a book with Brendan Fraser reading it or Cornelia Funke writing it.
I'm a big fan of Cornelia Funke's books and this is a wonderfully engaging story, but like many of the other reviewers, I was absolutely blown away by Brendan Fraser's performance. Grumbles, roars, skitterings, lisps, he did it all. Possibly the all-time best audiobook performance I've heard, and I've already decided to snatch up anything else he decides to read. I'd bet there are some very lucky children in his life getting fabulous stories. I'm finding it an inspiration in my readings to my stepson.
I don't mean to give Funke's writing short shrift, either, though. I've read a lot of dragons. A _lot_. I've never read these dragons before. I've never read this monster before, either, and he is quite a creation indeed. With a title like "Dragon Rider", this book does sound like it could be enormously derivative, and I'd likely have skipped over it if I hadn't previously read and loved Funke's Inkheart. It's not. Don't skip over it. It's also remarkably non-violent, for those with sensitive kids. It's all about staying one step ahead of the monster, and the tension comes from wondering each time if they'll get away, not from bloody battles. The threat of violence is there, but really never the actuality. Instead, the entertainment comes from the discoveries of the little crew as they solve the story's puzzle. I'm good with that.
This is a wonderful story of a boy, a dragon, a brownie and a journey. As always Cornelia Funke writes in a way that opens your eyes to new worlds. Personally, I find Dragon Rider to be her very best writing. It is rare to find a story that balances great adventure without too much darkness to scare younger readers. Yet even teenagers and adults will find themselves drawn in and happy to count Ben, Firedrake and Sorrel among their friends. It is the vivid narration by Brendan Fraser that causes you to SEE the story in full color. This is not a story to be missed.
Wow, I've been listening to audio books for years and no one can hold a candle to the character voices done by Brendan Fraser. I listened to this book with my 13 year old daughter and we both loved the personalities that emerged with his interpretation of the characters. Our favorites were Twigleg, GravelBeard, and Lola the flying rat. I wish there was a sequel by this author using this narrator.
I found this book to be very interesting but the best part was Brandon Fraser's narration. He was wonderfully entertaining and I find myself listening again and again. I can't wait to find another book narrated by Mr. Fraser. GREAT JOB!
Brendan Fraser brings every character to life with his fantastic narration. My son and I wish he would narrate more stories. I have not read a Cornelia Funke book that I did not love! And my son wishes they would make this one into a movie.
The book is decent but maybe a bit young for my 11yo son. . . but wow, Brendan Fraser is the best narrator we've ever come across! We enjoyed his narration immensely. The dialog and vast range of accents--from American to English to British East Indian, high voices to low, squeaky to muttering--made us howl with laughter. Brendan Fraser can do a homunculus' sneeze like you wouldn't believe.
I also loved his straight narrative bits, which are spoken in a soft, friendly, intimate voice as if he were reading you this book in front of a warm fire and you had your jammies on.
Delightful. More Brendan Fraser, please!
Brendan Fraser should narrate more children's books. He was fantastic at reading this book. The book is everything childrens' books should be. Full of peril, loyalty, heroes, justice, fairness, redemption, forgiveness and love.
Lovely book! Cornelia Funke once again draws you into a wonderful world of fantasy where dragons exist. Brendan Fraser is a masterful narrator bringing to life all the wonderful characters in the book! A great addition to any child's collection.