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How to Break a Dragon's Heart | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Break a Dragon's Heart

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer, and the greatest viking hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a hero. Hiccup must battle Berserks, dodge Scarers, complete the Impossible Task and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast! And all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the Lost Throne. What's a hero to do?
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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer, and the greatest viking hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a hero. Hiccup must battle Berserks, dodge Scarers, complete the Impossible Task and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast! And all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the Lost Throne. What's a hero to do?

©2009 Hachette Childrens Books (P)2011 Hachette Childrens Books

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    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 02-06-12
    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How to Entertain Your Family"

    Having stumbled upon David Tennant's reading of How to Train Your Dragon, our family became firm fans of the audiobooks of the series. This is the best one yet, and that's high praise indeed.
    The story has Cressida Cowell's trademark mix of humour, suspense and action. In fact, this time the suspense is notched right up, thanks to a supposedly haunted beach, a blind witch and ancient stories of kingly betrayal.
    The narration is a joy, with Tennant giving full rein to his remarkable capacity for accents. In addition to the regular characters, he brings to life 11 fiancés and their betrothed, the witch and her son, a fierce warrior girl, a heartbroken dragon and some menacing tribal chiefs (one of whom, deliciously, seems to have been inspired by the Kray twins).
    The kids (8 and 10) want to listen to it over and over in the car, and it's so entertaining they get no argument from me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 02-09-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 02-09-12

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "Not just for kids!"

    I am probably too old for these books but I have enjoyed every one of them immensely. They are all well written, and wonderfully read by one of my very favorite actors!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Berkeley Heights, NJ, US 11-25-12
    History Buff Berkeley Heights, NJ, US 11-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Series gets darker"

    While keeping the easy to read and overall sense of the series, the books are progressively getting darker, and even a bit scarier. My 5 and 8 year old have listened to this in their delight, less laughs but more intrigue.

    The next two books are not yet on Audible, so I'm reading them to them - which is OK but I can't do the voices as David Tennet does so the performance is missing (I do try Toothless which they appreciate). The next two books get even somewhat darker and Hiccup is in more trouble. But book 8 sets things up and seems important later so don't miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Molino, Florida, United States 01-29-12
    William Molino, Florida, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Retired aircraft systems engineer. Teach math (trig and calculus) part time at the local college. Love aircraft, reading, and horses. BS from New Mexico State, MS from Ohio State.

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    "Absolutely the best one yet!"

    These stories and the storytelling of David Tennant just keep getting better and better. I love this one! It keeps my daughter raptured for hours. She has already played it three times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-29-13
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-29-13 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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    Wendy Carter 09-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing for all ages!"
    If you could sum up How to Break a Dragon's Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Fun For All


    What other book might you compare How to Break a Dragon's Heart to and why?

    Haven't read children's books in ages, but this was so much FUN! Great engaging story and masterfully narrated. Once I listened to one of the "Dragon" books, I had to purchase them all!. Funny, adventurous, life lessons - just wonderful and amazing for readers of all ages.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He is a master at voices!


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    S. Owens utah 08-20-12
    S. Owens utah 08-20-12
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    "David Tennant is riveting"
    Where does How to Break a Dragon's Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is the only audio book I've heard so far, but I am enjoying the entire Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III memoirs known as the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a delight for children, but also entertaining for adults.


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

    I really love his variety and ability to portray all of the characters in a way that you'll recognize each one. I like the big oafish characters as well as his variety of dragons.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun series of books and David Tennant was a fantastic choice for Narrator and Character voices

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sergey Chandler, AZ, United States 07-24-12
    Sergey Chandler, AZ, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great audio book"
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    According to my 9 year old son the book deserves five star rating across the board!

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    Wilson Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 01-16-13
    Wilson Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 01-16-13 Member Since 2006

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    "NOT FOR FIVE YEAR OLDS"
    What disappointed you about How to Break a Dragon's Heart?

    Audible lists this book in the 5-7 years old age category, and was among the top rated books listed as for that age group. I played it for my 5 year old twins without pre-listening to it. I have had to explain murder, death in childbirth, deliberate infanticide, profanity (mild profanity for me but nothing I say in front of my kids) and various kinds of cruelty. I have to say in all fairness, I listened to it myself and enjoyed it (when I didn't have to worry about the kids), but as a book I bought for my kids to listen to in the car, it gets a bad rating.

    I thought of it as similar to how I think of violent video games. I enjoy them privately, when the kids are in bed but do not think them appropriate for small children.


    Has How to Break a Dragon's Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love this stuff. I enjoyed it personally and think the twins will enjoy these books when they are older.


    What didn’t you like about David Tennant’s performance?

    I actually loved the performance. My only objection is the material for the 5-7 age category.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Horror (that my kids were hearing it and really wanted to keep listening). My daughter was frightened for Hiccup and was upset she couldn't finish listening the the death contest between him and the witch, because she wanted to know if she'd be killed.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply remove this as a recommended choice for 5-7 year olds. The books are clearly MUCH different than the movie (as often happens) and clearly are not written for little kids...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
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    12/23/12
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    "Tttttttoothless like how to train your dragon"

    We have 3 boys aged 9,7&4. They absolutely love these stories. They listen to them endlessly. David Tennant does a great job of doing the voices. The only problem is that when we ready the books out to the kids at bedtime they expect us to do the voices too... Stoik the vast is tricky.

    A great story read with enjoyment by the doctor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TEZ FROST
    Bath, UK
    4/14/13
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    "Toothless Daydream"

    I love this audible book because it is about dragons. I really like the part where they set free the dragon Furious because the whole island went up in flames and it is a funny chapter. My favourite is Toothless as he is disobedient and never does what Hiccup tells him, especially when he eats the magic stone!



    Sophie, age 6.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Diverting Dragons and David T."

    Bought to ensure peace and quiet in the car, this book has ensured that my five tear old (dare I say it... myself as well! ) have been totally engaged in that lost art. ..of listening! !



    It's brilliant. The book itself is delightful and focuses on Hiccup and his Viking life. With many a giggle at his and fellow Vikings adventures. It sucks you in (yes you too, the adult reading this) and David Tennant is brilliant. He uses many accents and voices to set the scene. David is completely engaging, enigmatic and bursting with energy and as this is our initial foray into audio books, has been a great success. For both of us. Although I suspect I am probably a tad more 'hooked'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce Skinner
    Banchory, Scotland
    4/7/13
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    "Fun, Gripping, well read, not just for the Kids"

    We have two boys 6 & 9yrs and I was looking for something other than music or eye spy etc to occupy long car journeys and BINGO I happened across this (and the series of them)

    Cressida Cowell is one seriously creative, imaginative and humorous writer and it gets even better when David Tennant narrates them.

    We found ourselves arriving at our destinations, and none of us wanting to get out of the car, we were so gripped by the stories.

    The best thing is, there are 5 in the series, we have listened to 4 so far and none of them have been a disappointment.

    Download "how to train your dragon" and I am sure you wont be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andziula63
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Superb"

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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