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
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!
We have listened to it several times already.
The narrator is brilliant and the stories are really engaging for adults and children alike.
We have listened to the whole series and they are all on a par.
My six year old son listened to it in two sittings which is saying something.
These books have been the things that have made several long car trips with two young children almost painless.
Yes - David Tennant is brilliant!
Great story, fabulous narration
Laugh a lot
Worth the money - we are now listening to every one, the whole family is addicted.
The story was an enjoyable and lighthearted listen. David Tennant does an excellent job differentiating the different characters (and there are quite a few!) that it was easy to visualize the story. It is a very different story than the movie, so if you seen the movie, you will still get a lot out of this book.
I personally loved the scene with the boys practicing with their dragons on catching fish. I love the interactions between toothless and the other dragons as well as Hiccup's with the other boys.
I chuckled quite a bit. It is a cheerful story.
I listened to this book while on a 26 hour drive. I listened to several books, and this was one of the few that passed the time really quickly. I enjoyed it so much, that I downloaded all the other books in the series and plan to listen to them on my commute to and from work.
"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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