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How to Speak Dragonese | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Speak Dragonese

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled, and Sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup to be a hero.
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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so hairy. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Toothless has been captured, the nanodragon is about to be gobbled, and Sharkworms are on the loose. Once again we are relying on Hiccup to be a hero.

©2005 Cressida Cowell (P)2006 Hodder Children's Books

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    Avocat 03-02-12
    Avocat 03-02-12

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    "David Tennant's narration makes this worth the $$!"

    Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon" series comes to life as read by Scottish actor David Tennant. His voice is magical - the accents he gives some of the characters are over-the-top hilarious -- just perfect for this great romp. Our family has the books but we have also purchased the audio versions just to hear David Tennant's performance. (Of course, as huge Doctor Who fans, we are a bit biased!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nlg 01-24-12
    nlg 01-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen"
    Where does How to Speak Dragonese rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The How to Train Your Dragon series of books are the only audiobooks we (Mom, Dad, Son (8 yrs old) and Daughter (5 yrs old) have ever listened to, and we are sold. It has been a huge hit with the entire family for long road trips.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The kids love the entire series. The highlight of this one for them was when Alvin the Trecherous fell out of the baloon.


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

    It made us laugh. We loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    We recommend for the entire family. A great book to bridge the age gap between our 8 and 5 year old. I also think older kids would like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elena Calgary, AB, Canada 03-29-13
    Elena Calgary, AB, Canada 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous for kids (age 7+) and adults"
    If you could sum up How to Speak Dragonese in three words, what would they be?

    perfect for travel


    Any additional comments?

    The whole How to Train Your Dragon series is so worth its price! David Tennant's reading is amazingly entertaining. Our family now has standing jokes about Hiccup Horrendous Haddoc the Third, Big Boobied Bertha and "Oh, ye actually arr not a bad sword fighter! For a boy, o'course..." complete with the required pronunciation : ) Only word of caution: the language and accents may be hard to follow for kids under 7ish.

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    Amazon Customer Canberra, Australia 01-05-13
    Amazon Customer Canberra, Australia 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, love Tennant."

    This is a great continuation of the adventure but some of the action and gore may be more suited to older listeners.

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    E.H. 12-10-12
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    "Fun for the whole family"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Speak Dragonese the most enjoyable?

    The great interplay between the story and the narration made this a truly entertaining and enjoyable listen. The story is solid, and well worth reading on its own - full of adventure, intrigue, creativity, and individuality - but when the narration of Tennant is added to the mix you get a 1+1=5 scenario. He really brings the already great story to life.

    I occasionally have trouble keeping track of who is speaking when listening to audio books but Tennant's character voices are so distinct, and fantastic, that not only do they make it easy to follow the dialogue, they make it seem as if there is an entire cast performing the book. The only downside (and its a very small, potentially hilarious one) is occasionally I would get sidetracked trying to figure out how one person was making so many different voices (complete with trying to mimic them), I would have to "rewind" the audio to catch the bit of story I missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how real Hiccup and his friends are. This isn't the story of someone suddenly finding out they are exactly what the world thinks they should be, or of some mystical "fairy godmother" figure coming down and fixing everything. This series is about a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, and all of the wonderful lessons, challenges, and self appreciation that is gained through that process. A message we can all benefit from hearing more often.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are great for people of all ages!

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    Amazon Customer 11-20-12
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    "Totally Epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What did you love best about How to Speak Dragonese?

    Kamikaze's escape plans. I liked it when he actually told you how to speak Dragonese as well as when Hiccup fought his way out of the arena.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Speak Dragonese?

    When he told you how to speak Dragonese, as the translations hilarious!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hiccup told you how to speak Dragonese.


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

    When Hiccup told you how to speak Dragonese, I was lying on the floor for five minutes laughing my head off!!!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Lewandowski 09-11-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Grandkids loved it while we drove cross country!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Both our grandchildren, ages 9 yrs & 7 yrs loved it; and Grandpa and I were engrossed in the story, also. We listened to it as we traveled from Kansas to California. We had listened to How to Be A Pirate earlier in the trip. It made our drive seem shorter. We enjoyed the humor and the suspense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cressida Cowell again?

    Yes, probably her other books in the same series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No comments.


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

    Humor and appreciation for creativity.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the story.

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    Sasha-Rae Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 09-10-12
    Sasha-Rae Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great easy listen"

    great book must listen to the series in order to pick up the small crossovers

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    Lankyknitter 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Speak Dragonese the most enjoyable?

    David Tennant is a GREAT narrator. We laugh all the way through the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is quite humorous and enjoyable for our entire family.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    He does the most superb voices for each character.


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  • boosmummy
    Yorkshire, UK
    12/12/13
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    "Very Funny"
    Where does How to Speak Dragonese rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Another winner from Cressida Cowell, we're slowly collecting all this series on audiobook and they're well worth the money. We've listened to this many times and it never gets boring. David Tennant is just brilliant at the narration.


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

    I put this book on my boys ipod and they listened to it when they went to bed...didn't go to sleep until the whole book had finished though so glad it was a Saturday night! Definitely a winner in our house.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "Great (again)!"
    Would you listen to How to Speak Dragonese again? Why?

    Absolutely. Giving the Bog Burglers Welsh accents is genius!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Speak Dragonese?

    Has to be when Kamakazi is fighting Hiccup in the prison. Brilliant.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant again captures the Characters brilliantly and brings the audiobook alive. I have listened to several other audiobooks and so far no-one comes close.


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

    Yep! And my 5 year old son did as well. He was very disapointed when we arrived at school and I turned the story off.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a bit of repetition from 'How to Train Your Dragoon' in introducing the characters which is a bit frustrating, but understandable if for some reason this is your 1st book in the series (but why would you want to miss out on How to Train Your Dragon?!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • familyG
    Fordham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Peace on a long journey"

    I downloaded this knowing we were going to be spending 4 hours in the car and my three children and husband would never agree on what music to listen to (kiss v radio4). The story was well read David tenant is easy to listen to with lots of expression. No one complained and the have asked for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andziula63
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Great family story"

    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!!!

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  • Carmel
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    3/7/11
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    "Ives Review"

    Absolutely wonderful for children and parents alike! Makes long car rides very pleasant! Love the way its read. Superb!

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