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
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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.
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.
I was inspiring to listen to
Every thing was excellent
David is just the perfect reader
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!!😍
"Excellent Characterisation, Loud Music"
The charactisation by David Tennant is very good, the story is compelling and I am sure children of all ages will enjoy it. The only problem I had with it is the music in between the chapters / segments is very loud compared to the voice... Other than that I would definitely recommend listening to this book as the characters are really brought to life by David Tennant.
(Also be aware the story in the film is nothing like the story in the book!)
"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.
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