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The story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in Hiccup's own words by David Tennant.

Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that....

©2004 Cressida Cowell (P)2004 Hodder Children's Books

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  • Hazel
  • Corrimal, Australia
  • 04-27-11

Brilliant car-trip entertainment

We didn't know this book (or indeed the series) and hadn't heard a David Tennant-narrated book before, but the whole family--daughter, 7, son, 9, and parents--gives this two thumbs up. We loved it. We chose it for a long car journey, which as it turned out, was made even longer by a holiday traffic jam, and we really got lucky. The story is funny and involving and the narration is terrific, with great variety in the characterisations and beautiful delivery of the humour. I'm about to buy another in the series to store away for our next car trip, and the kids have since acquired two of Cressida Cowell's books. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My Teenagers Like This

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I bought this audio for my 4th grader. He received the book set of the series at Christmas and still hadn't read any of the books. Some of his friends wanted to borrow his books but I told him that he had to read them first. We compromised with my purchasing the audio version.

It took a few times of turning the audio on in the car while we were driving before he would listen to the whole story. He enjoyed the narrator, David Tenant so much that he listened to the whole audio until he was finished at midnight on the day he finally committed to listening.

He begged me for the next book and then my 2 teenage daughters wanted to know what all of the fuss was about. My daughters were laughing out loud while listening to the narrator and enjoyed it so much that they want all of the books in the series on audio.

Before my daughters started listening to the audio they said that they couldn't possibly enjoy a story they weren't reading from a book they had in their hand. David Tenant proved them wrong.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderfully read!!!!

I would normally never read or listen to a book that is abridged, but David Tennant does too good a job not to listen to this version. Tennant does such a wide veriety of voices that is it never confusing on who is talking, as it is in some books.

Over all, a great story with a great reader.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good performance, but poor levels on the recording

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I enjoyed the story and the reading and the voices. I listened with my 3 year old, and we both liked it. However, it was difficult to follow because the volume levels were so widely varynig. Very loud at the intense moments, and so very quiet at the softer. I kept having to turn the volume up and down according to the situation. Frustrating. Regardless, good story, very different from the movie. Fun voices by narrator.

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  • Meena
  • Newark, NJ, United States
  • 06-26-10

Good one


A very good book. Well narrated. I would recommend this. Thanks to Audible for having this in store

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Excellent kids story 6-13 yrs

What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

Interesting plot, exciting and funny, excellent delivery - accents included

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

His use of differing accents and associated attitudes reinforce the flavour of Scotland faithfully

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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David Tennant is fantastic!

You couldn't have found a more perfect narrator for this series. I wish it wasn't abridged, but the story still holds up. My boys really enjoyed it (as did my husband and I).

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Fun story, inspired narration.

It's a fun (although familiar) story of a normal boy who overcomes the odds using his brains. But it contains Vikings and that alone gets it an additional star. My kids loved listening to this, especially the inspired narration of David Tennant.

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  • William
  • VILLA RICA, GA, United States
  • 06-21-12

Good Story, Disappointing narration

The story was good, but I was a little disappointed by the reading. I also didn't notice that this one was abridged until after I got it. I chose this version over the other one (which is unabridged) because of the narrator (I'm a Doctor Who fan).
You get 1 hour less content on this abridged version, and you have to deal with a very dynamic range of the narrator. Normally, a dynamic range in reading is good, but the soft parts are too soft (couldn't hear some words while riding in the car), and the loud parts were speaker rattling since we had turned it up to hear the softer parts. Overall, the first 30-40 minutes of the book are very hard to understand.

I enjoyed the overall performance, but I feel like this could have been edited a little better to make it a better listen.

As for the story, I actually liked the movie's version better than this one. My kids ask to listen to this occasionally, but they don't get into it as much since it is so hard to listen to in the car. The difference in the story line doesn't really matter to them, but it is very forgettable and not something they beg to listen to.

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fun adventure story for all ages

This is a great novel and a great beginning to this series. The book is fun without being shallow and Cowell paints a vivid picture of life with Vikings and dragons. David Tennant has varied voices for all the different characters and it's hard to believe they come from one person.

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  • Meg
  • 06-03-10

How to Train Your Dragon

The whole family enjoyed it thoroughly. David Tenant's voice is fantastic.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Douglass
  • 09-30-12

A family favourite

I cannot recommend these books highly enough. They have made long car journeys with young children fly by as we were all immersed into the viking world of Hiccup and his friends. The narration by David Tennant is remarkable. His voices bring the characters to life with some gorgeous regional accents (the Bog Burglers especially). We bring the ipod in from the car to finish the stories off in the kitchen they are so good.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexina
  • 01-20-14

Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family

What did you like best about this story?

The humour, the names of the characters, the David v. Goliath theme, the triumph of the underdog.

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

All the characters were great. We loved the Sean Connery-esque Stoic the Vast, we loved Gobba the Belch and of course Toothless.

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

Laugh mostly although I was a bit teary about Toothless at the end.

Any additional comments?

My three kids (11, 9 and 7 - girls and boys) loved it as did my husband and I. Brilliant.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ramona
  • 04-22-10

Not just for kids

David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

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  • teacher Tim
  • 12-02-13

A great kids book for the family

If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

fun, funny, funnier

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hiiccup because he becomes a hero the hard way

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

This one was every bit as good as all the other Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books he has narrated.

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

It made me and all the family laugh out loud repeatedly

Any additional comments?

This is the first of the How to Train Your Dragon series, all are narrated by David Tennant. This is very different to the film, but is an excellent book, very funny, my two boys, 5 & 7 years old have listened to it dozens of times.

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  • Pam Reed
  • 09-21-15

We all loved it

listened in the car on holiday the boys (6 and 7 ) loved it and my mum (80) and mother in law (70) couldn't believe how entertaining it was. brilliant

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-15

A Super Read!

Wonderful use of adjectives offering many opportunities to develop colourful and creative imaginations with students.

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  • Scarlett
  • 08-05-15

BOOKWORM CUTIE

Cool story of fantastic fairytale and thrilling adventures. Huge monster ours dragons and mini cute dragons join hiccup and toothless on a backstabbing adventure hilarious jokes!

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  • nhb
  • 07-29-15

awsome

loved the fact David Tennant read it made it a lot more exciting the book overall was really really good and I enjoyed the audible experiance

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  • Stotter
  • 06-17-15

top in car entertainment for long journeys

kids love it, quite partial myself. highly recommended for long car journeys for children in the back seat and the big one in the driver's seat.

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  • David
  • 10-12-16

Brilliant!!

My family and I loved this audio book. David Tennant does a spectacular job of bringing the book to life with many different voices, Toothless is my favourite. A warning though to fans of the movie: The movie is not the same as the original story. Some of the characters are different or the same in name only and the story is not the same. However if you can let that go it is highly enjoyable and shares a lot of the same spirit and humour.

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  • Mrs Briony Lee Bartlett
  • 10-03-17

It was really cool

It was a little scary with the sea dragon blowing up
The rest was pretty pretty good.
The narrator was good but I didn’t like toothless’ voice I think he could do better with that.
(As quoted by the 7yr old book critic)

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  • Clovis Young
  • 06-04-17

The boys loved​it.

A page turner with short punchy chapters. great for a car trip. we are looking forward to the next books

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  • L
  • 01-26-17

Fun story, poor sound mastering.

Mastering was not great. I found myself changing the volume often and either straining to hear the quiet bits or turning it down at the loud. The kids enjoyed the story, however! The characters were well portrayed and the narrator did a good job at bringing feeling into the scenes.

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  • David
  • 01-24-17

Great story, volume was variable.

This was a great book to listen to with the kids in the car however the volume diference between the quieter characters and the more boisterous ones made it difficult to hear some sections while others remained too loud.

I like this sorry better than the movie version.

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