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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.

    8 of 8 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 07-29-14

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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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    Giles Christie 12-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Buy all 10 and hope they hurry with #11"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is great fun for old grandmothers and young grandchildren alike. I don't have time to review all 10 in the series so far but they are all great yarns.


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

    The reading is A++++. David Tennant effortlessly moves from accent to crazy accent and he brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    We can't wait for the recording of Book 11 and the Author, Cressida Cowell is expecting to release Book 12 in the latter part of 2015. It's worth getting the hard copy for her lively illustrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SBlass 12-20-14
    SBlass 12-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun, but for young boys really"
    If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Young Boyish Fairytale


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

    This isn't my usual genre so I can't really think of one to compare it to.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant is superb, he's really the reason why I got this book, and his narration was wonderful. I really liked everything about his performance.


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

    No, I didn't have any extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    My son had begged me to get him this book in audiobook format, and when I did, he suddenly couldn't care less. I listened to it to spite him, and because I think David Tennant is a fabulous actor and I also wanted to know what was the hoopla about "how to train your dragon" since one of the movies was out in theatre.

    I did enjoy the story, and having a son of my own recognized the boyhood dramas that Hiccup endured, but really the story is a bit juvenile and the four-year-old humor level got a bit tiring at times.

    For what it is and who it is written for, the book is well written, the story well crafted, and the narration is excellent. It was definitely enjoyable but I'm quite unlikely to pursue this series further for my own sake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-14-14
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    "A very enjoyable book for the family"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes very much. David Tennant does an excellent job of narrating. The story itself is full of fun and mischief; some danger and excitement. It is different from the movie but better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hiccup but the other characters all had their dominant personalities that made them something.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    David Tennant made each character their own self. You could tell who it was by his voice change. It was great. My kids and I love to listen to him and these stories.


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

    Once we started it we couldn't stop it. Every time I put it on it will get quite until it is over.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love David Tennant to do more books

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    Ashbychick 12-11-14
    Ashbychick 12-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My kids LOVE this series!"
    Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon again? Why?

    I listened to this with my kids and we all enjoyed it immensely! Much better than the movies (although we love those too!) David Tennant makes this series so amazing! His voice and accent and character detail are spot on and my kids and I laughed and laughed while listening about Hiccup and his adventures.


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    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14
    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A must to read, if you like dragons !"
    What did you love best about How to Train Your Dragon?

    Hiccup, his dad, Toothless, Astreda, + Fish Legs. And how they understood + was there for each other !!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiccup. He had a lot against him, size + weight. But he did not let that slow him down. He was a thinker. And come to find out, a dragon owner !


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    Excellently ready. It sounded like Stork would be in the room. To the meekness of a scared dragon.


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

    It was had to put down. But I could not have done the whole book in one reading ! But I tried !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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