The story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in Hiccup's own words by David Tennant.
Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that....
©2004 Cressida Cowell (P)2004 Hodder Children's Books
I am an eight year old boy and this is my favourite series by far. I absolutely love it! We have read all the books, seen the movie but I still love to hear the narrator's voice. I cannot wait for all the books to come out on Audible. You and your kids will love this book!
entertaining, encouraging, educational?
The Hero's Guild to Saving your Kingdom.
Yes, the narration was excellent for the greater majority of the story, but it was agreed that Toothless was annoying rather than endearing.
When the manual doesn't help you, it is time to write one of your own.
It was much better to listen to the book in the car on a road trip than hearing the movie replay three or four times. It had a similar underdog story, so my kids could listen with out being boarded. Yet they knew the characters.
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.
"Charming and funny, brilliantly creative."
Hiccup, because he is a skinny, freckly, thoughtful, kind hero who is always reluctant to be a Hairy Hooligan. (and Toothless of course)
These books are brilliant for boys and girls age 5-15 and their parents! They are just a delight to share.
The humour and story
Other books in the series
Have read two of the Dragon books so far, both narrated by David Tennant and both are delightfully presented. Have always admired David's acting skills and he has again struck just the right note, enhancing the humour in the book and interpreting the characters well.
An unexpected hero
Having seen the film, was delighted that the book, although obviously telling a slightly different story, did not disappoint.
I would recommend this book to a friend because
It's the best book ever!!!!!!!
When toothless came back from the dead
When the purple death and the green death fought each other
It made me cry when they said toothless was dead
Cool book read it!!!!!!
"Brilliant book for the family"
We have listened to this book on various car trips now - it's one of the children's favourites. The story is engaging and entertaining, and David Tenant does a fantastic job of reading it.
Bought for a long drive, we all (2 adults, 9yo boy, 7yo girl) really enjoyed Tennant's reading of this. Almost nothing like the Dreamworks film, of course, here the Scottish Hairy Hooligan tribe all have dragon pets and the weedy Hiccup, son of the fearsome Chief Stoick The Vast gets the smallest, sarkiest, and most cowardly dragon any of them have ever seen. How will Hiccup and Toothless fare in a intertribe dragon tournament (against an apparently Northern Irish neighbour tribe) as well as an alarmingly vast sea dragon coming up from his slumber at the ocean?
David Tennant is predictably deft at all the funny accents, and we all had great fun with this audiobook.
Fantastic book - was a little reluctant to buy the audio book as my children saw the film. However the plot of the book is completely different - the part the same as the film is Hiccup's character. The story line is radically different - which was great as non of knew what was coming next.
David Tennant is great to listen to - and had me giggling a few times. My two are 7 and 9 and loved it.
Way better than the film.
Absolutely great story to read, especially for boys. Whole series by Cressida Cowell is very imaginative, adventures and very funny!!! Audio by David Tennant is superb whole family listen and enjoy … Great for all ages from 5 to 95 years old. Thank you so much!!!
"Great family listening"
Kept us entertained on a long car journey. Not sure it's abridged though as currently reading it to my youngest at bedtime and it seems exactly the same. It's not a terribly long book.
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