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Publisher's Summary

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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Fantastic!

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We just finished listening to this book yesterday. Fabulous book for the whole family, parents and kids both. Awesomely read by Mr. Tennant. We look forward to getting the other books of this series.

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Delightful performance commands your attention.

Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top. One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story is brought to life by David (McDonald) Tennant.

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

The emphasis he puts on certain words adds to the delight of listening - it really grabs my attention. I find what he is saying hilarious. It's difficult to explain. Not just a regular narration - there's some *feeling* here! :D yayyy

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I haven't even gotten through the whole book yet and I'm hooked.

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Accent too heavy for my kids to follow

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My kids (3 and 5)would have liked the story, but they had a really hard time understanding the narrator.

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A story to listen to again and again

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

The great voices David Tennant uses for the different charters. A clever story full of humour and wisdom.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hiccup, becoming a hero the hard way!

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  • Janey
  • Rosewater, Australia
  • 12-28-12

We are hooked.

Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon again? Why?

We have listened to it several times already.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator is brilliant and the stories are really engaging for adults and children alike.

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

We have listened to the whole series and they are all on a par.

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

My six year old son listened to it in two sittings which is saying something.

Any additional comments?

These books have been the things that have made several long car trips with two young children almost painless.

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Whole family loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Train Your Dragon to be better than the print version?

Yes - David Tennant is brilliant!

What did you like best about this story?

Great story, fabulous narration

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

All great

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

Laugh a lot

Any additional comments?

Worth the money - we are now listening to every one, the whole family is addicted.

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An Enjoyable Story

What did you love best about How to Train Your Dragon?

The story was an enjoyable and lighthearted listen. David Tennant does an excellent job differentiating the different characters (and there are quite a few!) that it was easy to visualize the story. It is a very different story than the movie, so if you seen the movie, you will still get a lot out of this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I personally loved the scene with the boys practicing with their dragons on catching fish. I love the interactions between toothless and the other dragons as well as Hiccup's with the other boys.

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

I chuckled quite a bit. It is a cheerful story.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book while on a 26 hour drive. I listened to several books, and this was one of the few that passed the time really quickly. I enjoyed it so much, that I downloaded all the other books in the series and plan to listen to them on my commute to and from work.

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  • Nyree
  • PERTH, Australia
  • 09-17-12

A joy to listen to...

Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Delighful. The story is different to (and so much better than) the movie. David Tennant knows how to read and enjoys doing so.

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

All his characters are instantly identifiable by their voices. You never think for a minute it is a character other than that than which it is intended to be - his character voices never falter.

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

We have a holiday home a couple of hours from our house. We listen to a half a book in each direction. Our boys (8 and 6 years) never act up in the car when these are on. It makes driving such a delight.

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We are working our way through the series and each book is proving to be a delight. Well written, narrated and produced. We love them as much as the kids do.

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  • Jeanette
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 05-13-12

Fabulous

It's one of my favourite books and David played the characters perfectly
It's the best book ever

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Niki
  • Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
  • 04-02-12

Was expecting the movie version

Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The audio book was very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Old Wrinkly was my favorite character because he always seemed a step ahead of everyone else.

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

No, I haven't

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Toothless sacrificed himself for Hiccup.

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  • Pen Name
  • 02-02-17

good to listen to

this book is good to listen to and is good to take some time away

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  • Claire
  • 12-02-16

So much fun!

I was drawn to this as I enjoyed the films, but this book and David Tenant's performance massively surpass my expectations.
I LOVED it!

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  • OrganicGreen
  • 11-23-16

Great!!

My son enjoys listening to this book over and over again. He has learnt many new words and it's really expanding his vocabulary.

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  • Rene Neumann
  • 08-29-16

fantastic

Amazing to listening to even after the 15th time.
Story is great and funny and perfectly told by David Tenant. He gives each character his own personality. It actually makes all other audio books dull to listen too. He spoiled us :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-16

Brilliant

My daughter adores this for long car journeys and I enjoy listening to Tennant's witty interpretation. I particularly enjoy the characterisation of Toothless. As they are unabridged, they reinforce the books which are a favourite obsession. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Jac_Bradshaw
  • 06-24-16

The same but different

I was expecting a similar story to the film How to Tame Your Dragon but apart from some of the character names and the huge dragons from the second film, the book was very different. I loved it though, listened to it in one sitting (and got a very numb bum!).

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  • A. Uddin
  • 05-08-16

King of gamer

I love this book because it has action and I like the movie and I want to read all hiccups adventure

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  • 04-02-16

Never knew

I never thought that how to train your dragon book was so different to the movie..... And so much better,
Brilliant
Brilliant
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David Tennant is brilliant at reading this story, you feel like you are in the story.
You must read\listen to this story!!
It is AMAZING
-tilly age 11

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  • Mrs. J. Gray
  • 02-09-16

Fantastic book

I really enjoyed this book. David Tennant is an excellent narrator and really brings the characters to life

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  • Bishop
  • 12-06-15

Good but not what i was expecting

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

Its good and I would recommend it but its not what I was expecting, <br/><br/>The story line is very different from the movie.With out giving anything away the things that I found surprisingly different were the way Hiccup and Toothless meet, dragons talk although in there own language and only Hiccup seems to be able to talk to them.