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How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Can Hiccup find the antidote to deadly Vorpentitis and fight the Doomfang? Can he brave the axe of Norbert the Nutjob and be the Hero yet again?
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Publisher's Summary

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Can Hiccup find the antidote to deadly Vorpentitis and fight the Doomfang? Can he brave the axe of Norbert the Nutjob and be the Hero yet again?

©2006 Cressida Cowell (P)2006 Hodder Children's Books

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    Sharon 10-20-10
    Sharon 10-20-10

    I am fascinatingly funny, wonderfully whimsical, and I love to be read to. An audio book,a jug of wine, and thou. "J.K. on the "thou" part."

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    "UnsuspectingFUN,enjoyableMISCHEIF,Loyal Friendship"

    You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this story. You just have to use your inner child imagination, come on, it's easy! The intonations of David Tennant's voice keeps you in the thick of it. I so love an adventure and that's what awaits you in this tale of "How to cheat a Dragon's curse".

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    M. Hammack Texas 02-24-15
    M. Hammack Texas 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, funny, adveture and fun!"

    It was a great book, I love David Tenant in this I give it 15 stars!
    It did meet its expectations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya 05-29-13
    Kenya 05-29-13 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela georgetown, ky, United States 03-29-13
    Angela georgetown, ky, United States 03-29-13
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    "7 year old son LOVES this"
    What did you love best about How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse?

    "The Dragons, of course"- my seven year old son who listened to it.


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

    Other than he's also The Doctor and is awesome? Tennant has a very expressive voice and nice accent to listen to. If you have watched Doctor Who during the tenth doctor's era you can almost visualize his facial expressions.


    Any additional comments?

    My seven year old son (high functioning autism and adhd) loved listening to this while he played minecraft on his kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Beaufort, SC 01-23-13
    Becky Beaufort, SC 01-23-13 Member Since 2015

    mommy

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    "Love this series, but not the narrator"

    This a great series. I purchased the first three books in the series unabridged and with a different narrator. For this book unabridged and with the original narrator wasn't an option. At first I thought my dislike of the narrator was me just not liking change, but as the story progressed my opinion of the narrator didn't. He uses voices that make the characters sound mentally retarded. I still enjoyed the story, but was distracted by the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 07-08-12
    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 07-08-12 Listener Since 2010

    EBW

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    "Truely enjoyable"

    The story is interesting and the narration fantastic. Great car journey book. We listen to this series in the car on the way to school and we all really enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anat 06-11-12
    Anat 06-11-12
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    "Fun and engaging."
    If you could sum up How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse in three words, what would they be?

    fun engaging


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    my 5 year old has loved all of the Cressida books in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nlg 01-24-12
    nlg 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great story in the adventures of Hiccup!"
    If you could sum up How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, Daring and Funny


    What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to and why?

    Harry Potter, Beast Quest, Deltora Quest, Percy Jackson Series. They are all books about kids who go on adventures without their parents.


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

    David Tennant is always great.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for 8 year old boy, 5 year old girls and their parents

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl VISALIA, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Cheryl VISALIA, CA, United States 01-16-12

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    "Would defintiely reccommend this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version but absolutely love the audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fun and moves along well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favoirtes, they are all good.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the way David Tennant narrates these stories. Would highly reccommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Molino, Florida, United States 11-11-11
    William Molino, Florida, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2013

    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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    "A child's imagination"

    What a wonderful series to exercise children's imaginations. Cowell develops his characters well and David Tennant does a superb job of narrating the story to children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ramona
    London, United Kingdom
    4/22/10
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    "So much fun :-)"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    8/10/15
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    "good"

    rambled on a bit but otherwise good could do with less info and more action

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  • Angel
    leicester, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Entertaining and engaging"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse the most enjoyable?

    My sons loves this series of stories, when he starts he struggles to stop listening!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's exciting, gripping yet age appropriate


    Did David Tennant do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    David tennant is fantastic! He really brings the characters to life


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

    Laughing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
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    "Cool"

    Awesome story ps how to get more? . . . So far I have read 3 how to be a pirate too good thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernadette
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    12/12/14
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    "Dragontastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love this series of audiobooks, David Tennant's delivery is spot on. We listen to them in the car and often end up sitting and listening even when we have reached our destination!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toothless is a great character, and far more interesting in the books than he is in the films.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant's characterisations are brilliant, we love the dragon voices.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Dragons fly again!


    Any additional comments?

    Great fun, my daughter (age 10) loves them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Scotland
    12/13/13
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    "superb performance of a good book"
    What did you like most about How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse?

    Its a nice story with characters familiar to anyone who has seen How to train your dragon. Although things in the books are a bit different to the movie ...


    What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to, and why?

    The entire series.


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

    He brings the characters to life with some fantastic voices that really help draw you into the story. He is easy to listen to and understand.


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

    Yes most definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend this entire series to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Captivating story and performance"
    Would you listen to How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse again? Why?

    Storytelling really brought the book to life. My children loved the story and really got engrossed in the imagery and excitement of the tale.


    What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to, and why?

    The Hobbit. Really captivates the imagination and takes you on a fantasy adventure.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant's accent and expression worked so well with this story.


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

    Laughter and surprise through the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the movie and series on television, you will love this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    NottinghamUnited Kingdom
    3/18/11
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    "How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse"

    Beautifully narrated, thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family, although it is a children's book. We have listened to the whole series so far and eagerly await the next audio installments of the Hairy Hooligans! Pity though that they are abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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