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How to Train Your Dragon | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Train Your Dragon

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Alex Sandton, South Africa 11-03-13
    Alex Sandton, South Africa 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the story, love the narration!"
    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


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    Amanda LAnse, MI, United States 09-30-13
    Amanda LAnse, MI, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Listening to the book beat watching the movie"
    If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, encouraging, educational?


    What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon to and why?

    The Hero's Guild to Saving your Kingdom.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration was excellent for the greater majority of the story, but it was agreed that Toothless was annoying rather than endearing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When the manual doesn't help you, it is time to write one of your own.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    hfrances California usa 09-06-13
    hfrances California usa 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A heartwarming funny bloodthirsty scottish frolic"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His natural Scottish accent! He moderates it to adapt to all the characters and his stuttering Toothless the dragon is just adorable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh. A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it just for David Tennant. And the dragon-potty-training scene!

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    Megan United States 08-07-13
    Megan United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming and with Great Narration!"
    What did you love best about How to Train Your Dragon?

    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.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Amanda wasilla, ak, United States 07-31-13
    Amanda wasilla, ak, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute book"
    Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon again? Why?

    Probably, david tennant is amazing and it was nice to listen to on a long drive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fish legs, the side characters are always more interesting, it's a kids book though so not a major requirement


    What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tennants accent is amazing, and perfect for the book. but there is nothing bad about him anyways.


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    Tracy Gander Cape Town, South Africa 06-13-13
    Tracy Gander Cape Town, South Africa 06-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous series (and David Tennant is Awesome)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Train Your Dragon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    To reach for the next book.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant does all the character voices - makes you feel like you're a kid again.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for big and little kids!

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    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 05-28-13
    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Being a hero the hard way!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Being a hero the hard way!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mycal Dixon, MO, USA 05-12-13
    Mycal Dixon, MO, USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great kids book and an even greater reader"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

    The reader, David Tennent is excellent!


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He is a good reader,if you have seen him on Doctor Who and miss him, then check out this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The sound goes up and down, kind of maddening.

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    Becky Papillion, NEBRASKA, United States 04-25-13
    Becky Papillion, NEBRASKA, United States 04-25-13
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    "Fantastic!"
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    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.

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    Saturnberry 03-28-13
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    "Delightful performance commands your attention."
    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story is brought to life by David (McDonald) Tennant.


    What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't even gotten through the whole book yet and I'm hooked.

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  • Derah Arav
    Surrey, UK
    4/13/13
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    "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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  • Amazon Customer
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
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    "Great fun"

    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.

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  • Mrs B
    BALDOCK, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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  • andziula63
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Fantastic !!!"

    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!!!

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  • Aisling
    Kells, Ireland
    7/18/12
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    "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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