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
The part when the Supper sings, I was amazed as never before.
I love this story. As an Italian, I read and listen English book to improve my English. But this is the second time I've been reading this book, because I love it.
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this is a wonderful book and it's beautifully told in this audio book, it's simply charming
Overall, yes. Would I rather have listened to David Tennant read something more to my tastes? Yes. However, this is what was to-hand. The book itself runs a bit too much to gross humor and I'm not really comfortable with the lack of women in it. The movie actually much improved on the story.
How about some female characters? How about Toothless not being terrifying, rather than the adorable dragon in the film? I also thought the Vikings were pretty hard to sympathize with, and I think I was meant to feel for their plight. If you like gross humor and violence of the sort to appeal to kids, though, have at it.
He was everything to the story for me. I would not have liked this without his narration. He does great accents and brings a lot of emotion and humor into the novel.
Does scouring the internet for David Tennant gifs count?
As much as I loved Tennant's narration, I didn't like it to buy any more of the audiobooks in the series. If they were freely available at my library, yes, but not for money.
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.
"This book is completely different from the movies."
characters and plot are unrecognisable. It is still a fun story and well performed too.
omg best ever
#lol omg omg omg omg OMG best for miles around great storyline and reading
"Fun book, beautifully narrated."
The whole family loved listening to this book, adults just as much as my 2 boys 5&7. Fast paced to keep interest.
I was blown away by this story it definitely meets my expectations. I was touched by the effort put in
"My fave series"
How to train your dragon is one of the best books I know, discuting and funny for girls boys and parents. There is a whole series in which I am indulging. I have got book 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and I want to read more, so do my parents. The abridged books are just as good and so are the ones supposed for 5-7 year olds cos my 4 year old sister loves them, my parents love them and I love them and I'm 11.
David Tennant is a fabulous narrater and I don't know anyone better, how does he get those voices, scary and funny and his Scottish accent is perfect for the book really fits.
So there is no question about it really
You HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!😍
I purchased this audiobook in advance of our Summer holiday thinking it may keep the kids entertained on our long car journeys. I have listened to it in advance to make sure it is suitable. I am thinking that perhaps my 4 year old is a touch too young for it. Nevertheless, it was great fun to listen to and I found myself giggling alot! David Tennant is a fab narrator and captures the characters really well. Highly recommended!
Amazing to listening to even after the 15th time.
Story is great and funny and perfectly told by David Tenant. He gives each character his own personality. It actually makes all other audio books dull to listen too. He spoiled us :)
Thoroughly enjoyable story read brilliantly. When finished, I couldn't wait to listen to the next.
My daughter adores this for long car journeys and I enjoy listening to Tennant's witty interpretation. I particularly enjoy the characterisation of Toothless. As they are unabridged, they reinforce the books which are a favourite obsession. Looking forward to the next installment.
"The same but different"
I was expecting a similar story to the film How to Tame Your Dragon but apart from some of the character names and the huge dragons from the second film, the book was very different. I loved it though, listened to it in one sitting (and got a very numb bum!).
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