The narrator conveys a delightful sense of the unlikely relationship between a dragon and a boy. As in all the best kid's stories the grown ups come across as clueless and the bigger bullying boys as morons. Although the listener knows a happy ending is inevitable, there are still some twists and turns, battles and obstacles that keep the story moving. Above all - it is funny. My 10 year old turned up his nose and said the story was too young for him and then listened agog all the way through.
His natural Scottish accent! He moderates it to adapt to all the characters and his stuttering Toothless the dragon is just adorable.
Laugh. A lot.
Worth it just for David Tennant. And the dragon-potty-training scene!
It is a charming and witty story. As a warning, if you read this expecting to get the movie then you are going to be disappointed. Dreamworks really took it upon themselves to change things when they made their film but that isn't to say that the book is bad. It is the original thing after all. I really liked it and will look into continuing the series.
David Tennant was superb at putting emotion and inflection into his voice as he spoke. His voice was neither dull or monotone but instead really moved with the story. He tried to make each character have their own unique voice and for the most part he really succeded. I loved him.
Probably, david tennant is amazing and it was nice to listen to on a long drive.
Fish legs, the side characters are always more interesting, it's a kids book though so not a major requirement
Tennants accent is amazing, and perfect for the book. but there is nothing bad about him anyways.
Having read the print books (yes, my kid has those too!) aloud rather a lot, Tennant manages to iron out some of the not-quite-rolling-off-the-tongue aspects of the style.
To reach for the next book.
David Tennant does all the character voices - makes you feel like you're a kid again.
Great for big and little kids!
Absolutely! I think that any one at any age can relate to this book. It's a great story about building character and how to build honor not by your actions or being strong but staying true to yourself and following your gut.
Hiccup was my favorite character. I admired how he stood calm in all situations even though he may have been afraid on the inside. He proved that true wit is more useful than strength.
I loved his accent and the different inflections he used in his voice. You could hear that he was really invested in the story and he kept you listening to every word.
Being a hero the hard way!
LOVED IT! Really a true pleasure to listen to! I am 24 years old and I think that this story is good for any one. There were a lot of great characters and the story ended differently than you typically expect from a tale of a legend.
The reader, David Tennent is excellent!
He is a good reader,if you have seen him on Doctor Who and miss him, then check out this book.
The sound goes up and down, kind of maddening.
We just finished listening to this book yesterday. Fabulous book for the whole family, parents and kids both. Awesomely read by Mr. Tennant. We look forward to getting the other books of this series.
Near the top. One of the best.
The way the story is brought to life by David (McDonald) Tennant.
The emphasis he puts on certain words adds to the delight of listening - it really grabs my attention. I find what he is saying hilarious. It's difficult to explain. Not just a regular narration - there's some *feeling* here! :D yayyy
I haven't even gotten through the whole book yet and I'm hooked.
My kids (3 and 5)would have liked the story, but they had a really hard time understanding the narrator.
The great voices David Tennant uses for the different charters. A clever story full of humour and wisdom.
Hiccup, becoming a hero the hard way!