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.
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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
Great book. We had watched the movie first and even though this was very different my children loved it. They have been listening to many others in the series and we now have our own art gallery of dragons they have drawn whilst listening. My 6 year old daughter is an audiobook addict but this series is even making my active 5 year old boy sit down to listen which is a definite bonus for me!
I listen to this during car rides with my young son. The story is so fun and the narration is beyond perfect - makes car trips with a four year old (believe it or not) actually fun.
David Tennant's character voices, energy and excitement are infectious - I love what he brings to these stories as narrator.
This book great listening with the kids, but the narration is too animated for comfortable listening. Tenant needs to be less dramatic and kinder to the audience's ears as the volume fluctuations make it hard to listen to without riding the volume buttons the whole time.
The story is excellent and is unique to the film, while still echoing all the important character traits and themes of the films. It is darker than the films, but this isn't so ad that it's a problem.
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