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Publisher's Summary

Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven - which may not even exist. 

Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, the boy and dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other. 

©2004 The Chicken House (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2005

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EXCELLENT!!!

I could not stop listening to this audio! If you like Harry Potter and Artimis Fowl then you must listen to this book. I have not always been a fan of Brendan Fraser, but he completely changed my mind, he brought the characters to life. I hope that Cornelia Funke has him read the next book. This book was one of my favorites of the year!

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Story was amazing, but the reader was.....

....in a class of his own. As a middle school teacher trying to stay in touch with what the kids read (as well as my own interests), I have listened to hundreds of titles in many genres... In Dragon Rider, Brendan Fraser was truly spellbinding!!!!

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Great book

We loved this book. Kept us going from Cincinnati to Kansas in the car.
We have a six year old and a ten year old and the story worked for all of us. The performance is amazing.

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Great job, both author and narrator!

I've been listening to this book with my children, aged 6 and 9. Both of them love it, as do I. I find the distinct voices for each of the characters a delight - it reminds me of the superb job done on the Harry Potter audiobooks.

My kids would happily stay in the car listening to the story for a long time (hours?) after we reach our destination. I'll be sad to reach the end!

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  • 09-07-04

FANTASTIC

Fantastic story and Brendan Fraser characters made it come to life!!
I look forward to more books read by Brendan Fraser!!

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Best narrator ever!

I love Cornelia Funke's books and her writing doesn't disappoint. The characters are unique in their blend of original fantasy and realism, exemplified in the Brownie Sorrel. However, I was completely blown away by the quality of Brendan Fraser's narration! He must have imitated 10 different accents, added completely realistic sound effects and generally made the whole story come to life so that there wasn't a dull moment! I look forward to listening to anything he narrates. Overall, highly recommended for all ages!

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Amazing

I typically wouldn't listen to children's books, but the reviews here caught my attention. This was probably the most thoroughly entertaining book I have ever listened to. Not only was this written by an enormously talented author, but Brendan Fraser was simply amazing. I've never had an opinion one way or the other about him, but this completely changed my view of him. To call what he did 'reading' would be such an understatement that it would be an insult. What he did in Dragon Rider was a performance, and a pretty spectacular one at that.

I don't know if he's available to do the same thing for any other books, but if he does, I'll happily buy them. He was nothing short of incredible.

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Absolutely Delightful !!

This story is absolutely delightful. Ment for older children, but great for us "older children at heart." The reader is unbelievable. As the story progresses, you will become more and more enchanted with it!

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Great book...terrible narration

I've loved this book ever since I was a kid, so I was excited to listen to it again. But I quickly found the narrator made it almost unbearable to listen to. Perhaps it would entertain young readers, but I found it the most terrible narration I've heard yet, and I'll include why, so you can decide. The voices were very over-done and exaggerated. There were many accents, several of which seemed incongruous to the character speaking. Some of the characters, one in particular, is narrated so that you can hardly tell what he's saying. The narrator also uses an abundance of sound effects like belching, crashing, vocalizations not in the book, etc. The characters' tones sometimes don't even match up to what is being said.
With that out of the way, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. But if I had to choose again whether to buy this version of the narration, I would choose no. I was disappointed, as the awful narrations distracted too much from the amazing story. I wish they had this book narrated by a different person.

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loved it!

I was impressed by both the story and the narrator. Brendan Fraser did a marvelous job on the narration and the story was simply delightful. I hope to read the next book although I am a little cautious since it is different narrator but if the story is good and the narrator's do a decent job I'm sure I'll be thrilled

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