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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Can Hiccup find the antidote to deadly Vorpentitis and fight the Doomfang? Can he brave the axe of Norbert the Nutjob and be the Hero yet again?

©2006 Cressida Cowell (P)2006 Hodder Children's Books

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UnsuspectingFUN,enjoyableMISCHEIF,Loyal Friendship

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this story. You just have to use your inner child imagination, come on, it's easy! The intonations of David Tennant's voice keeps you in the thick of it. I so love an adventure and that's what awaits you in this tale of "How to cheat a Dragon's curse".

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great, funny, adveture and fun!

It was a great book, I love David Tenant in this I give it 15 stars!
It did meet its expectations

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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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  • Angela
  • georgetown, ky, United States
  • 03-29-13

7 year old son LOVES this

What did you love best about How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse?

"The Dragons, of course"- my seven year old son who listened to it.

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

Other than he's also The Doctor and is awesome? Tennant has a very expressive voice and nice accent to listen to. If you have watched Doctor Who during the tenth doctor's era you can almost visualize his facial expressions.

Any additional comments?

My seven year old son (high functioning autism and adhd) loved listening to this while he played minecraft on his kindle.

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  • Becky
  • Beaufort, SC
  • 01-23-13

Love this series, but not the narrator

This a great series. I purchased the first three books in the series unabridged and with a different narrator. For this book unabridged and with the original narrator wasn't an option. At first I thought my dislike of the narrator was me just not liking change, but as the story progressed my opinion of the narrator didn't. He uses voices that make the characters sound mentally retarded. I still enjoyed the story, but was distracted by the narration.

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Truely enjoyable

The story is interesting and the narration fantastic. Great car journey book. We listen to this series in the car on the way to school and we all really enjoy it.

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Fun and engaging.

If you could sum up How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse in three words, what would they be?

fun engaging

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

yes

Any additional comments?

my 5 year old has loved all of the Cressida books in this series

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Another great story in the adventures of Hiccup!

If you could sum up How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse in three words, what would they be?

Awesome, Daring and Funny

What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to and why?

Harry Potter, Beast Quest, Deltora Quest, Percy Jackson Series. They are all books about kids who go on adventures without their parents.

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

David Tennant is always great.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Great for 8 year old boy, 5 year old girls and their parents

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  • Cheryl
  • VISALIA, CA, United States
  • 01-16-12

Would defintiely reccommend this book

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but absolutely love the audio book.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is fun and moves along well.

Which scene was your favorite?

No favoirtes, they are all good.

Any additional comments?

Love the way David Tennant narrates these stories. Would highly reccommend them.

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  • William
  • Molino, Florida, United States
  • 11-11-11

A child's imagination

What a wonderful series to exercise children's imaginations. Cowell develops his characters well and David Tennant does a superb job of narrating the story to children.

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  • R B.
  • 12-12-14

Dragontastic!

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

Love this series of audiobooks, David Tennant's delivery is spot on. We listen to them in the car and often end up sitting and listening even when we have reached our destination!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toothless is a great character, and far more interesting in the books than he is in the films.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant's characterisations are brilliant, we love the dragon voices.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Dragons fly again!

Any additional comments?

Great fun, my daughter (age 10) loves them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marian
  • 04-01-17

Thoroughly enjoyable, again!

We love these stories and David Tennant keeps all of smiling with his brilliant narrative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-08-13

Captivating story and performance

Would you listen to How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse again? Why?

Storytelling really brought the book to life. My children loved the story and really got engrossed in the imagery and excitement of the tale.

What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to, and why?

The Hobbit. Really captivates the imagination and takes you on a fantasy adventure.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant's accent and expression worked so well with this story.

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

Laughter and surprise through the story.

Any additional comments?

If you love the movie and series on television, you will love this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ramona
  • 04-22-10

So much fun :-)

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-17

Facing the music

When Hiccup went to Hystiria he got to slide in a dinner tray .Got scared.

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  • Mark X Adams
  • 10-08-17

great 6yr old review

After reading the first four books, this is the 2nd favourite behind the Pirate one.

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  • Romance Book Reader
  • 04-14-17

Cowell is a genius writer

As a family of mum, dad and kids 14, 12, 10 - we are loving these books on our car journeys. Something for everyone. Not too young.

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  • Bnew108
  • 03-21-17

How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

Create plot and beautifully read by David Tennant, who brings a great energy and humour to each character! A must listen to!

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  • C. Hewlett
  • 08-31-16

How to cheat a dragons curse

My daughters love this book and they would very much recommened it to any others

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-16

We all are in joining it

Everyone injoid it. It is really good fun for all of us. It's really amazing for all of us

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  • Clovis Young
  • 08-26-17

A great story and will read

well told. kids were enthralled. highly recommended for to Boys are 8 &. 9. Excellent.