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
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.
The reading is A++++. David Tennant effortlessly moves from accent to crazy accent and he brings the characters to life.
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.
Young Boyish Fairytale
This isn't my usual genre so I can't really think of one to compare it to.
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.
No, I didn't have any extreme reactions.
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.
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.
I liked Hiccup but the other characters all had their dominant personalities that made them something.
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.
Once we started it we couldn't stop it. Every time I put it on it will get quite until it is over.
Would love David Tennant to do more books
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.
Hiccup, his dad, Toothless, Astreda, + Fish Legs. And how they understood + was there for each other !!
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 !
Excellently ready. It sounded like Stork would be in the room. To the meekness of a scared dragon.
It was had to put down. But I could not have done the whole book in one reading ! But I tried !
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