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The Reluctant Dragon

Narrated by: Anton Lesser
Length: 53 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)

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The Boy lives in a cottage with his mother and father, and the Dragon lives in a cave on the Downs. The Boy is his only friend. The Dragon is not at all the sort of Dragon one might expect to meet, however: he's polite and friendly.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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teaches without being didactic

For whatever reason, I'm revisiting books I read as a kid and books I read to my kids when they were little. I love Kenneth Grahame's way of never talking down to a child in his books. For those who love a good animal character, this one about the dragon, the kid, and St. George is a classic and it teaches diversity and individual identity in a way that no school book could.

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Wonderful!

The whole family enjoyed this one! It’s quick enough to get through that we’ve listened to it several times.
The narration is of wonderful quality and I have no complaints!

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Fantastic

The kids and I loved it. Its a simple yet engaging fantasy adventure story. Great for bed times.

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THE HAPPY BOHEMIAN DRAGON

THE SIN OF ROMANCING
I am normally a stickler for a dragon having an attitude, being selfish, etc., but I will make an exception for this story. I liked the story and I liked all the characters including the LAZY dragon. This is a fun read and teaches a lot about friendship.

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Only four stars on the narrator, as he did not distinguish well between characters. At times I could not tell who was talking between the three main characters. It was not bad enough to stop you from listening to this. On sale now for $1.95 for almost an hour. That is less than minimum wage was when I was a kid.

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A charming dragon meets a witty boy 🎆👏🎆

A book that had me laughing and nervously expecting the worst but, thankfully, my expectations weren't met.

I LOVED this story.

If you can listen to the audiobook Anton Lesser is marvelous.

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a light hearted parody

it was a fun parody of King George and the Dragon with a nod to Puff the Magic Dragon. I loved the narrator's voices but my 10 year old daughter struggled to understand the story because of the accents. I love a happy ending.

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quicky fun

working past the accent was a little struggle, but if you can do that it's a fun little story

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Classically Refreshing!

What a wonderful book to revive in children and adults the love of listening to a rich literary piece! This is a beautiful, passionate tale with vocabulary to inspire and challenge! The noun governs the verb throughout this tale.

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Great story!😂😍😘


The reluctant dragon is an amazing story. My kids loved this book! My family highly recommends.

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Great Quick Story

Review of audible edition : Very good narrator! Lasted right under 55 minutes.. Good story, as an adult enjoyed listening along with the kids.

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  • Kingston1919
  • 11-01-19

Absolutely Perfect

Wonderful story of course but the narration here lifts it to a superlative level.
Anton Lesser is unsurpassable

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  • Yikes!
  • 02-03-19

Charmingly written and told

This is simply a lovely, short story with gentle messages about, among other things, not judging a book by its cover. Perfect for children, but perhaps even more enjoyable for adults.

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  • B. Maynes
  • 11-10-19

great language to introduce to younger listeners

a classic the whole family can enjoy. Great language and a wonderful performance by Anton Lesser