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How to Be a Pirate Audiobook
How to Be a Pirate
Written by: 
Cressida Cowell
Narrated by: 
David Tennant
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How to Be a Pirate Audiobook

How to Be a Pirate

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Publisher's Summary

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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Kindle Customer 11-16-11 Member Since 2016
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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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    Adjie C 07-15-16
    Adjie C 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance"

    Cute story.
    Awesome narration by David Tennant. He does an awesome job at narrating with youthful enthusiasm. Very credible voice for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Levan 04-15-16
    Levan 04-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very cool book"

    This book .as very interesting and dramatic. I love How to Train Your Dragon very much.

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    Isia 07-19-14
    Isia 07-19-14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya 05-31-13
    Kenya 05-31-13 Member Since 2014
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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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    Amazon Customer 11-08-12
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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)!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 5 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/1/15
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    "excellent"

    loved it as did the whole family from 6 - 56 years old

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    3/28/15
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    "amazing"

    amazing story even for adults and children now for the next book. what will happen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kath
    1/19/15
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    "Awesome!"

    This book was really good! I found myself missing out a bit on description but overall I thought it was excellent! I love Cressida cowell and it was really good to hear this book! I really enjoyed listening to David tenant aswell as I saw him on doctor who and I thought his reading was splendid 😊

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trinity-Misty
    1/13/15
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    "The end of this story."

    It really shows what mankind is like. The person with the wealth gets the power. Hiccup may have hoped, like Grimbeard the Gahstly, that one day humanity would be better. Though we do not punish with the same cruelty as our Viking predecessors, we are still cruel. Hiccup was right about Grimbeard's treasure. The Vikings had enough greed and violence already, as do we today. There is no question about the war that would be fought over Grimbeard's treasure (if it were real) so therefore, I end my review with the following statement.
    Still not ready.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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 :-)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Austria
    7/23/16
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    "Short but sweet"

    Bit short, but still loved it. beautifully narrated. The writing is wonderful, simple, but very witty. Some of the names are hilarious. Great books for the entire family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H M.
    6/5/16
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    "Great"

    Brilliant story and performance can't wait for new book audio to come out, very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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