I'm really beginning to like Brennan Fraser. I didn't like him before as an actor, but now I see the talent! Dragon Rider would have been a slower read with the book in hand. But with his voice reading it (and doing all sorts of voices and additional sound effects), I find myself praising the book more. The story is not Cornelia Funke's best by any means. I love Inkheart and Inkspell (and I've heard great things about The Thief Lord), but with Brennan reading aloud, this book is wonderful. Kids and adults will find themselves smiling over the same jokes, and feel warm with the same moral: friends keep life safe and sane.
Great narration can only compliment a wonderful story, and that's exactly what was presented in Dragon Rider. A heartfelt, funny, and delightful tale.
I downloaded this book as a travel book. Everytime I'm out and about with my two kids, ages 8 and 13, we listen to more and more of this book. I've never seen my kids so enthusiastic about listening to a book. Short trips to the grocery store or longer trips running 8 errands my kids glammor for this book. Brandon Frasier is an absolute delight. He makes every voice diferrent and alive. Oh I'll be ruined after this because I doubt anyone elses narration will come close to this wonderful adventure he creates.
This is a very enjoyable dragon story, I love these type of books, but the real treat in this case is the reader, Brendan Frasier is amazing, he just brings the story to life. It is easy to forget that it's just one man reading this book, at one point he is doing a young boy, a male dragon,a female dragon,2 different scottish brownies,an English professor, his wife and daughter, a hindu woman , an Humuncilias,ravens,a serpent and a dwarf.......This is why these people are called Professional actors, unbelievable job, I loved it!, I hope that I can find another book that I enjoy this much.
Excellent book for family listening. This book not only enchanted my 6 & 8 year olds, but kept my husband and I hooked. The reader did a great job of giving each character a distinct personality. I would definatly recommend this book to anyone.
I have a hearing problem and this is the first time I have tried audio books with earphones I was transported to another world.It is good to hear a voice and not music.The story is magic and I only had to replay a few parts over.I enjoyed it so much I will listen to it again and again.