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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interesting plot, exciting and funny, excellent delivery - accents included
His use of differing accents and associated attitudes reinforce the flavour of Scotland faithfully
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).
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.
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.
"How to Train Your Dragon"
The whole family enjoyed it thoroughly. David Tenant's voice is fantastic.
"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.
"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.
"A great kids book for the family"
fun, funny, funnier
Hiiccup because he becomes a hero the hard way
This one was every bit as good as all the other Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books he has narrated.
It made me and all the family laugh out loud repeatedly
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.
"Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family"
The humour, the names of the characters, the David v. Goliath theme, the triumph of the underdog.
All the characters were great. We loved the Sean Connery-esque Stoic the Vast, we loved Gobba the Belch and of course Toothless.
Laugh mostly although I was a bit teary about Toothless at the end.
My three kids (11, 9 and 7 - girls and boys) loved it as did my husband and I. Brilliant.
"We all loved it"
listened in the car on holiday the boys (6 and 7 ) loved it and my mum (80) and mother in law (70) couldn't believe how entertaining it was. brilliant
"A Super Read!"
Wonderful use of adjectives offering many opportunities to develop colourful and creative imaginations with students.
Cool story of fantastic fairytale and thrilling adventures. Huge monster ours dragons and mini cute dragons join hiccup and toothless on a backstabbing adventure hilarious jokes!
loved the fact David Tennant read it made it a lot more exciting the book overall was really really good and I enjoyed the audible experiance
"top in car entertainment for long journeys"
kids love it, quite partial myself. highly recommended for long car journeys for children in the back seat and the big one in the driver's seat.
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