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
"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)
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.
My twin 5 year olds, my readaholic 9 year old and I all loved this entertaining story. Wonderful.
Python the pirate
If you're expecting this book to be anything like the movie of the same name, then I hate to break it to you but it's VERY different. I really enjoy the movie so when I found this book I gave it a go. It is a pretty fun story despite all the differences but there are times when I remember that it's intended for a younger audience.
David Tennant is an excellent narrator and does different voices for each character which all sound very neat. I especially like his voice for Stoic, Gober, and the Green Death. Now for the not so good part...as I listened to this book in my car I would keep having to adjust the volume because sometimes Tennant would speak really softly especially when Hiccup was talking or thinking in the story and other times he would start off very loudly especially if it was Gober or one of the other tribe members. And then there's Toothless which I wasn't very fond of narration-wise. But maybe that's the point. On the other hand I did enjoy the little musical interludes at the start of each chapter. They really brought that out so you knew when a good stopping place would be.
I know there's a lot more books in the series but I'm a little nervous about listening to them especially if I have to keep adjusting the volume so I can hear the narration. I think I'll stick with this one for now.
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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.
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.
Cannot really compare as I do not read many books like this.
The main character, Hiccup the Useful was cute and had a good heart.
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.
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
In a league of its own. The text is rythmic and the performance beyond brilliant. Won't tire of this and will listen to it repeatedly. Fun gross out humor your 9 year old would love. It's a luxury to be read to and great children's writers will sometimes have an almost lyrical quality to their text that adult fiction doesn't. This is such a gem. Better than the movie. Worth experiencing.
I enjoyed everything about this book.
I love how David Tennant the voice he gives Toothless.
My whole family really enjoyed this book it helped pass the time on a long trip
we really enjoyed this book. great for family car ride. the volume of the recording was a little annoying. sometimes it blasted and sometimes it whispered.
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