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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: With the publication of the English translation of The Thief Lord, German author Cornelia Funke burst onto US and UK best seller lists. In the #1 best seller Dragon Rider, she weaves a magical tale of a boy named Ben, a brownie named Sorrel, and Firedrake the dragon. Actor Brendan Fraser's narration is perfect for listeners aged 8+.

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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  • Enid
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 09-16-04

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!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • s
  • surprise, AZ, United States
  • 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!!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Vickie
  • Redlands, CA, USA
  • 03-09-05

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Oakland, IA, USA
  • 11-22-04

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 10-16-08

Delightful

I have read and listened to a number of Funke's books. This narration is nothing short of delightful. While Inkheart is more complex and indeed more frightenting, this title is ideal for the younger reader and for family listening. I disagree, however that adults would not enjoy the characters, plot and narration. There is enough complexity to engage any willing listening. This author's work is pure joy and I look forward to a sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dorothy
  • Croydon SouthAustralia
  • 04-18-08

Great Narrator

I just have to echo what the others have said, Brendon Fraser is brilliant as the narrator. The grumbling, mumbling dwarf made me smile every time. He made a gentle, pleasant story so full of life. I have been an audible listener for a few years, but this is my first review, and its because of Brendan. I have been listening to this travelling to and from work, and have been reluctant to turn it off, not bad for a children's book. I will also add that its a nice story, i've enjoyed it greatly

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • NKBH
  • Louisville, KY United States
  • 12-06-06

Take a Ride on Dragon Rider

As an adult of many years, I have read and enjoyed many young adult novels and fantasy novels - and Dragon Rider now rates as one of my favorites. It is funny and exciting and a total joy. Brandon Fraser is now one of my favorite readers. He has an excellent ability to create a character - with only his voice. It is worth purchasing the novel just to hear the voice of the elf. Everytime the voice of the elf came on it made me smile. The basic plot is well documented in the book listing - but for me what made this book was the Brandon Fraser - I do hope that we will hear a great deal more from him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful