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How to Be a Pirate | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Be a Pirate

Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.
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Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

©2004 Cressida Cowell (P)2004 Hodder Children's Books

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    Georgia Darien, CT, United States 12-06-10
    Georgia Darien, CT, United States 12-06-10
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    "Another Tennant triumph"

    David Tennant brings these enthralling stories to life brilliantly! Both my 10 year old and I were captured by this story. The stories are fantastic, but David Tennant makes them a joy to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 11-27-11
    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 11-27-11
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    "I've never seen my nieces so enthralled"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

    David Tennant is an awesome narrator. The story is already fantastic, but he puts such gusto, feeling, and humour into his voice that listening to is a million times better than me reading it. I put it on and curled up at night with my 2 nieces and listened to this. I have never seen them so enthralled by anything before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so funny, the main characters are so likable. An excellent


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

    All of David tennant's performances are awesome. This is just as fantastic as any of them. I hope he continues to narrate more children's stories.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My nieces held their breath and were wide eyed with anticipation about once every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I would really love to see audible release the Unabridged version. But for now, this abridged version is still fun and perfect for an Aunt's one week visit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 11-16-11
    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator enhances an already fun story"

    David Tennant is clearly having a ball while narrating this book. His enthusiasm is contagious and my kids absolutely are enthralled with this audiobook. They've listened to it several times in the last month. The story is fun (albeit simplistic) and the characters are memorable. If you enjoyed the first book then by all means get this one as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isia Pretoria, South Africa 07-19-14
    Isia Pretoria, South Africa 07-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Why abridge?"

    I loved the story. In fact my kids are crazy about the series. The reader was excellent. My only gripe is: why is it abridged? The books are not that long in the first place. I have a problem with abridging books in general, but maybe there are some books with lengthy descriptions or long philosophical and introspective passage ("War and Peace" comes to mind) which could lend themselves to abridging. But abridging this series can only detract from the story. This is why I stopped getting these audiobooks, I realized my children would be better off if they just read the books and got the full story.

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    nicky cape town, South Africa 10-02-13
    nicky cape town, South Africa 10-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "All these books are brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is amazing.


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

    Alvin the treacherous


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

    Laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Get them all. They are well worth it. My 7 year old listens all day.

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    Kenya 05-31-13
    Kenya 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Adorable"

    I like kid books on occasion. Don't get into this one thinking its anything like the movie though. So long as you keep the two separate from each other its enjoyable even for adults. Very cute and adorable as well as a lot of fun.

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    "We couldn't stop listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

    The story had some good themes. We couldn't wait to find out how Hiccup got out of the next situation and how Toothless helped him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toothless is a funny little dragon that just keeps on giving us laughs.


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

    How to train your dragon and How to speak Dragonese. This is a good one.


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

    How to be a Pirate: Full of surprises and delightful!


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    Heather 09-24-12
    Heather 09-24-12
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    "Captivating for the kids"
    If you could sum up How to Be a Pirate in three words, what would they be?

    accents, energy, enthusiasm


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiccup, he unknowlingly gets himself into messes.


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

    the great accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YESSS!!!!!!!!!!! (Mom wouldn't let the boys though; she wanted to stretch it out a bit)!


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    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12
    Amanda Andert St. Louis, MO United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I know they are for kids but I still love em"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Pirate?

    David Tennant does a GREAT job as narrator. I love toothlesse's voice. I also love Hiccup's point of view on the rest of the hooligans. it's a love hate relationship that's always fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toss up between fishlegs and toothless. Both are terribly pragmatic in otherwise heroic situations. also great voices for the characters.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    every character has a distinct voice and everything is done so energetically.


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

    oh laugh. i don't know that it was extreme, but i definitely laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    the whole series is really amusing.

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    Evova 06-15-12
    Evova 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Charming"
    Where does How to Be a Pirate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a charming book, well read by David Tennant. The story is engaging and entertaining, like easy listen in book form.


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  • Ramona
    London, United Kingdom
    4/22/10
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    "Fantastic audio book"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kingjimza
    Cape Town, RSA
    11/6/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Pirate to be better than the print version?

    I bought this originally for my kids, and I (42 years old) ended up enjoying the story the most. David Tennant is brilliant, the story is brilliant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
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    3/5/14
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does How to Be a Pirate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    Any additional comments?

    my whole family loved all these Hiccup books. made long car journeys whizz by and the boys even wanted to continue listening when we got home. David Tennant is a fantastic narrator. We are eagerly awaiting the last two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "Another great story"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

    The introduction of new characters and the little twists in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The introdcution of a really nasty villain! And the narration of course.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant makes the characters colourful and using different accents for them is brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where Hiccup puts his desire for treasure 2nd to the future of the Hooligans. Fab :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    6/17/13
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    "made me laugh out loud!"

    I realy liked it. If you like other Cressida Cowell books you'll probably like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    london, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "As good as Fishlegs' squint"

    Another in the series of entertaining and well narrated adventures. David Tennant reads the books with clarity, feeling and humour. The story (like the other ones) is beautifully ridiculous. Cressida Cowell won't win any prizes for well crafted plots or subtle storytelling but she spins a fine yarn about these junior Vikings and their comic ways. My kids (6 and 8) loved it and the older one has since gone on to read the whole series after listening to the first three. Perfect for car family car journeys...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andziula63
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    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
  • juturu
    Vienna, Austria
    7/4/12
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    "This book is different from others"

    small and fantastic book. kids will like it. Excellent narration. good feel. nice kids book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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