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Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films, narrated by David Tennant.

THE STORY CONTINUES in the second volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs....

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero.

Can Hiccup find Grimbeard the Ghastly's treasure before Alvin the Treacherous gets his sneaky hands on it? And if Hiccup opens a box that says DO NOT OPEN, will he live to tell the tale?

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

Read the rest of Hiccup's exploits in the rest of the series and check out the all-new Hiccup website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com. It's the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks!

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

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  • Georgia
  • Darien, CT, United States
  • 12-06-10

Another Tennant triumph

David Tennant brings these enthralling stories to life brilliantly! Both my 10 year old and I were captured by this story. The stories are fantastic, but David Tennant makes them a joy to listen to.

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  • Elisa
  • Cronulla, Australia
  • 11-27-11

I've never seen my nieces so enthralled

What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

David Tennant is an awesome narrator. The story is already fantastic, but he puts such gusto, feeling, and humour into his voice that listening to is a million times better than me reading it. I put it on and curled up at night with my 2 nieces and listened to this. I have never seen them so enthralled by anything before.

What did you like best about this story?

It is so funny, the main characters are so likable. An excellent

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

All of David tennant's performances are awesome. This is just as fantastic as any of them. I hope he continues to narrate more children's stories.

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

My nieces held their breath and were wide eyed with anticipation about once every chapter.

Any additional comments?

I would really love to see audible release the Unabridged version. But for now, this abridged version is still fun and perfect for an Aunt's one week visit.

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Narrator enhances an already fun story

David Tennant is clearly having a ball while narrating this book. His enthusiasm is contagious and my kids absolutely are enthralled with this audiobook. They've listened to it several times in the last month. The story is fun (albeit simplistic) and the characters are memorable. If you enjoyed the first book then by all means get this one as well.

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Part 2 of the beginning of Hiccup's story

This book is still setting the stage for the entire series. Cressida Cowell does a great job of spinning an entertaining story that also has depth.

It's also quite witty which makes the peril seem a bit less perilous for younger readers.

Also, David Tennant is absolutely marvelous at reading these books. He has a great range of voices and of tone and listening to him is never boring.

My kids are loving these books now - ages 4, 6, 8 and 10.

The only thing missing is Cowell's unique and fun illustrations.

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Brilliant

David Tennant does great voices in this performance. We loved it on our road trip (both over 30)

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Great performance

Cute story.
Awesome narration by David Tennant. He does an awesome job at narrating with youthful enthusiasm. Very credible voice for this story.

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Very cool book

This book .as very interesting and dramatic. I love How to Train Your Dragon very much.

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Why abridge?

I loved the story. In fact my kids are crazy about the series. The reader was excellent. My only gripe is: why is it abridged? The books are not that long in the first place. I have a problem with abridging books in general, but maybe there are some books with lengthy descriptions or long philosophical and introspective passage ("War and Peace" comes to mind) which could lend themselves to abridging. But abridging this series can only detract from the story. This is why I stopped getting these audiobooks, I realized my children would be better off if they just read the books and got the full story.

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  • nicky
  • cape town, South Africa
  • 10-02-13

All these books are brilliant!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is amazing.

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

Alvin the treacherous

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

Laugh.

Any additional comments?

Get them all. They are well worth it. My 7 year old listens all day.

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Adorable

I like kid books on occasion. Don't get into this one thinking its anything like the movie though. So long as you keep the two separate from each other its enjoyable even for adults. Very cute and adorable as well as a lot of fun.

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  • Ramona
  • 04-22-10

Fantastic audio book

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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  • Kingjimza
  • 11-06-13

Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Pirate to be better than the print version?

I bought this originally for my kids, and I (42 years old) ended up enjoying the story the most. David Tennant is brilliant, the story is brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-15

excellent

loved it as did the whole family from 6 - 56 years old

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  • Mr A Walker
  • 03-28-15

amazing

amazing story even for adults and children now for the next book. what will happen

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  • Kath
  • 01-19-15

Awesome!

This book was really good! I found myself missing out a bit on description but overall I thought it was excellent! I love Cressida cowell and it was really good to hear this book! I really enjoyed listening to David tenant aswell as I saw him on doctor who and I thought his reading was splendid 😊

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  • Miss
  • 03-05-14

Fantastic

Where does How to Be a Pirate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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Any additional comments?

my whole family loved all these Hiccup books. made long car journeys whizz by and the boys even wanted to continue listening when we got home. David Tennant is a fantastic narrator. We are eagerly awaiting the last two books.

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  • Trinity-Misty
  • 01-13-15

The end of this story.

It really shows what mankind is like. The person with the wealth gets the power. Hiccup may have hoped, like Grimbeard the Gahstly, that one day humanity would be better. Though we do not punish with the same cruelty as our Viking predecessors, we are still cruel. Hiccup was right about Grimbeard's treasure. The Vikings had enough greed and violence already, as do we today. There is no question about the war that would be fought over Grimbeard's treasure (if it were real) so therefore, I end my review with the following statement.
Still not ready.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-14

Another great story

What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Pirate the most enjoyable?

The introduction of new characters and the little twists in the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The introdcution of a really nasty villain! And the narration of course.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant makes the characters colourful and using different accents for them is brilliant.

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

Where Hiccup puts his desire for treasure 2nd to the future of the Hooligans. Fab :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-17

COOL 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

This book 📚 Is so much fun for 6yr or 7yr old’s .
I love how to train your dragon 🐉.
It’s not just how you read it it’s just if you like it.

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  • a wood
  • 11-24-17

Good, but not best

This is probably my least favourite of the How To Train Your Dragon series because it doesn't have Camicazi in. If none of them had Camicazi in it would my second or third favourite. My favourite being the next book.

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  • Aunty A
  • 01-24-17

laugh out loud fabulousness

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Pirate to be better than the print version?

Whole family love this series and David Tennant's narration.

What did you like best about this story?

quirky parts of story and the characters.

Any additional comments?

excellent voices by David Tennant.

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  • Mel
  • 09-21-16

fantastic, my son LOVED it and I did too!

My 8yr old son loves the movies and series so I got him the book that inspired them How to train a dragon. he really enjoyed it however at bed time I'm often really tired and get all my character voices in jumble when I'm reading. Decided seeing if it was available as an audio book would be a good idea, when I found out the narrator was David Tennant I new it was great idea! It was, he kept up amazing voices all the way through the book even though there are so many ( and the accent was MUCH better than mine). It drew both my son and I into this crazy Viking world all cold, damp and wild. The only thing that wasn't so good was having to turn it off after a couple chapters for sleep time, the best thing though....... my son actually getting up on time and getting ready for School really fast so he can listen to some more of the book before we leave for school! thanks, Cressida and thanks David, it's time to down load the next one 😃