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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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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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    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 04-27-11
    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 04-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"

    We didn't know this book (or indeed the series) and hadn't heard a David Tennant-narrated book before, but the whole family--daughter, 7, son, 9, and parents--gives this two thumbs up. We loved it. We chose it for a long car journey, which as it turned out, was made even longer by a holiday traffic jam, and we really got lucky. The story is funny and involving and the narration is terrific, with great variety in the characterisations and beautiful delivery of the humour. I'm about to buy another in the series to store away for our next car trip, and the kids have since acquired two of Cressida Cowell's books. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    371forty USA 06-14-12
    371forty USA 06-14-12 Member Since 2012

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    "My Teenagers Like This"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audio for my 4th grader. He received the book set of the series at Christmas and still hadn't read any of the books. Some of his friends wanted to borrow his books but I told him that he had to read them first. We compromised with my purchasing the audio version.

    It took a few times of turning the audio on in the car while we were driving before he would listen to the whole story. He enjoyed the narrator, David Tenant so much that he listened to the whole audio until he was finished at midnight on the day he finally committed to listening.

    He begged me for the next book and then my 2 teenage daughters wanted to know what all of the fuss was about. My daughters were laughing out loud while listening to the narrator and enjoyed it so much that they want all of the books in the series on audio.

    Before my daughters started listening to the audio they said that they couldn't possibly enjoy a story they weren't reading from a book they had in their hand. David Tenant proved them wrong.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Romero Sugarland 02-27-11
    Hope Romero Sugarland 02-27-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Wonderfully read!!!!"

    I would normally never read or listen to a book that is abridged, but David Tennant does too good a job not to listen to this version. Tennant does such a wide veriety of voices that is it never confusing on who is talking, as it is in some books.

    Over all, a great story with a great reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jaswinder Singh Dhillon Union City, CA United States 08-06-12
    Jaswinder Singh Dhillon Union City, CA United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good performance, but poor levels on the recording"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and the reading and the voices. I listened with my 3 year old, and we both liked it. However, it was difficult to follow because the volume levels were so widely varynig. Very loud at the intense moments, and so very quiet at the softer. I kept having to turn the volume up and down according to the situation. Frustrating. Regardless, good story, very different from the movie. Fun voices by narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 06-26-10
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 06-26-10 Listener Since 2010
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    A very good book. Well narrated. I would recommend this. Thanks to Audible for having this in store

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    Bokka luxembourg 03-04-13
    Bokka luxembourg 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent kids story 6-13 yrs"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

    Interesting plot, exciting and funny, excellent delivery - accents included


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

    His use of differing accents and associated attitudes reinforce the flavour of Scotland faithfully


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elliott's mom chicago, il, usa 05-03-12
    Elliott's mom chicago, il, usa 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "David Tennant is fantastic!"

    You couldn't have found a more perfect narrator for this series. I wish it wasn't abridged, but the story still holds up. My boys really enjoyed it (as did my husband and I).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 09-11-11
    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun story, inspired narration."

    It's a fun (although familiar) story of a normal boy who overcomes the odds using his brains. But it contains Vikings and that alone gets it an additional star. My kids loved listening to this, especially the inspired narration of David Tennant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William VILLA RICA, GA, United States 06-21-12
    William VILLA RICA, GA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story, Disappointing narration"

    The story was good, but I was a little disappointed by the reading. I also didn't notice that this one was abridged until after I got it. I chose this version over the other one (which is unabridged) because of the narrator (I'm a Doctor Who fan).
    You get 1 hour less content on this abridged version, and you have to deal with a very dynamic range of the narrator. Normally, a dynamic range in reading is good, but the soft parts are too soft (couldn't hear some words while riding in the car), and the loud parts were speaker rattling since we had turned it up to hear the softer parts. Overall, the first 30-40 minutes of the book are very hard to understand.

    I enjoyed the overall performance, but I feel like this could have been edited a little better to make it a better listen.

    As for the story, I actually liked the movie's version better than this one. My kids ask to listen to this occasionally, but they don't get into it as much since it is so hard to listen to in the car. The difference in the story line doesn't really matter to them, but it is very forgettable and not something they beg to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christina (A Reader of Fictions) Atlanta, GA 02-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth It for David Tennant"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could Cressida Cowell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did How to Train Your Dragon inspire you to do anything?

    Does scouring the internet for David Tennant gifs count?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Douglass
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    9/30/12
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    "A family favourite"

    I cannot recommend these books highly enough. They have made long car journeys with young children fly by as we were all immersed into the viking world of Hiccup and his friends. The narration by David Tennant is remarkable. His voices bring the characters to life with some gorgeous regional accents (the Bog Burglers especially). We bring the ipod in from the car to finish the stories off in the kitchen they are so good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Meg
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    "How to Train Your Dragon"

    The whole family enjoyed it thoroughly. David Tenant's voice is fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ramona
    London, United Kingdom
    4/22/10
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    "Not just for kids"

    David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alexina
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour, the names of the characters, the David v. Goliath theme, the triumph of the underdog.


    Which character – as performed by David Tennant – was your favourite?

    All the characters were great. We loved the Sean Connery-esque Stoic the Vast, we loved Gobba the Belch and of course Toothless.


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

    Laugh mostly although I was a bit teary about Toothless at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    My three kids (11, 9 and 7 - girls and boys) loved it as did my husband and I. Brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    7/5/12
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    "Great fun!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • teacher Tim
    Surrey, UK
    12/2/13
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    "A great kids book for the family"
    If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    fun, funny, funnier


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiiccup because he becomes a hero the hard way


    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This one was every bit as good as all the other Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books he has narrated.


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

    It made me and all the family laugh out loud repeatedly


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first of the How to Train Your Dragon series, all are narrated by David Tennant. This is very different to the film, but is an excellent book, very funny, my two boys, 5 & 7 years old have listened to it dozens of times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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