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How to Train Your Dragon | [Cressida Cowell]

How to Train Your Dragon

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
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Publisher's Summary

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

©2010 Cressida Cowell (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"David Tennant, best known for his role as Doctor Who, brings a slew of Scottish accents to this high-spirited rendering of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's journey toward true heroism.... The taunting tones applied to Snotlout and his grunting sidekick, Dogsbreath, are a hoot. Tennant has a special talent for creating larger-than-life voices, particularly the lisping and stuttering of the dragon, Toothless, and the deep, malicious purring of the sea dragon. Music and ominous dragon roaring between scenes accentuate the performance." (AudioFile)

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    melrailey Georgia, United States 02-02-14
    melrailey Georgia, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Terrific Fun!"

    The only reason I downloaded this book is because it is narrated by David Tennant. I couldn't help myself I just had to listen to Tennant read. I expected the book to resemble the movie - which I loved. But I was wrong. This story was very different than the movie and way fun. Tennant is an amazing narrator and he brought the story to life. And since the story was so different from the movie, it was all new to me. I highly recommend this audiobook if you have young kids or if you're a Tennant fan.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie's Mom LA, CA United States 03-19-14
    Charlie's Mom LA, CA United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect for card drives with kids"
    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My twin 5 year olds, my readaholic 9 year old and I all loved this entertaining story. Wonderful.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-06-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Yell Loudly."

    My son and I love the movie so much that we decided to get the book and give it a try on our car trip. First off the book is nothing like the movie. Second off it is still really good. This book was hilarious with just the right amount of goofy. I loved all the names and the description of events, driving by us in the car all you would see is a bunch of crazy people laughing there fool heads off. I do still like the movie better only because I liked Toothless's character better in the movie. I loved the narrator and I hope to see him do more audible works. The only thing I wish wasn't in the book was the music and growling noises that were added in between chapters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glutenfreegirl 08-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the movie, had to listen to the book."
    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was well read by David Tennant and a funny Viking adventure story. But, after all it is a children's book and I am an adult so it would not rank in my top 50 books.


    What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon to and why?

    Cannot really compare as I do not read many books like this.


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

    The main character, Hiccup the Useful was cute and had a good heart.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for children that like adventure stories featuring dragons. Has a bit of humour and action with a good ending. The book is not like the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reading Tyme Santa Cruz, CA USA 07-29-14
    Reading Tyme Santa Cruz, CA USA 07-29-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Liked this story better than the movie"

    Very enjoyable children's book well read by David Tennant.

    two minor quibbles,

    Quibble the first, somehow I never imagined vikings with Scottish accents (this is a quibble the reading of the book shares with the movie)

    Quibble the second, I wish there were some shield maidens, surprisingly few (human) girls in this.(Although flamingwyrm and horrorcow do OK).

    On the whole though the book is fun and funny balancing both witty and silly and gross humor well. Looking forward to the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Houston, TX, United States 08-27-14
    James Houston, TX, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the movie"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

    All of it. Excellent narrator, talented author, delightful sound effects & musical scores. Magical is the word I'd use for the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Toothless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nor'easter NH 08-17-14
    Nor'easter NH 08-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "NOT the movie but fun in its own right."

    It's a good book but it's _nothing_ like the movie. There's Hiccup, Toothless, Gobber, etc., and the setting is the same, but the story and characters are different. The hardest part for me is that Toothless is not as likable in the book.

    I admit that I bought it because I love David Tennant. He could read the phone book and I'll listen. I was not disappointed.

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    uMaMi 08-08-14
    uMaMi 08-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wish I had this growing up"
    Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon again? Why?

    I already have listened to this twice. Because I can't listen to it all in one go, I've listened a chapter or two at a time. It was nice to go back and hear parts that I didn't quite catch because something was distracting me. I laughed more the second time around. Oh and by the way, I am an adult. I picked this audio book because of narrator and because I love the premise of the movie which was my introduction to Hiccup and company.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toothless. He and I have similar qualities.


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

    Yes. Just as good. I like that he can do classics serious, sci fi serious and now light-hearted, comedic serious.


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

    Hiccup discovering that Toothless liked jokes.


    Any additional comments?

    Can hardly wait to relax with the other Dragon books.

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    Deval Minnesota, USA 08-07-14
    Deval Minnesota, USA 08-07-14 Member Since 2011

    A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!

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    "Read it already!!"

    I picked this up because I love the movies. I read somewhere that the movies takes the general idea of the books but the books are quite different from the movies. So out of curiosity I decided to give this a shot. If I were to describe this in one word - Fantastic! It is funny, extremely entertaining and hard to put down. I am not going to give you a synopses of the book as you probably know the general storyline, however if you are on the fence about this my advice to you is - stop thinking so damn hard and read it already! Its a short, fun, very funny, widely entertaining book that you have to be someone without a sense of humor not to enjoy. To top it all off the narration is amazing! So go on give it a shot!

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