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The Wizards of Once

Book 1
Narrated by: David Tennant
Series: The Wizards of Once, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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The number 1 best seller read by David Tennant.

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came....

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring....

From the best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon.

©2017 Cressida Cowell (P)2017 Hodder Children's Books

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Loved it, and can't wait for the next one.

One of my family's absolute favourite authors, narrated by one of our absolute favourite narrators. Well be listening to this again and again.

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  • Minkybusiness
  • 11-20-17

Brilliant.

Both my son and I enjoyed listening to this book. This was helped greatly by David Tennant narrating and using lots of different voices. The story was excellent and had lots of new magic folk to get to know. Would highly recommend to anyone 8+ years old.

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  • puppeteer
  • 10-02-17

absolutely wonderful!

Cressida Cowell and David Tennant are a great combination. I loved the How to train your dragon series. and I can't wait till the next book of this one. p.s. I'm 31 and love these books!

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  • Bryony Read
  • 12-05-17

BRILLIANT!

My children and I have absolutely LOVED listening to this book and can’t wait for the next one. Super characters and unlikely heroes. Plenty of action and tense situations but all very appropriate for all ages of children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-17

Great fun!

I enjoyed this book - comparisons are always odious but I couldn't help but compare to the dragon books - but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the dragon series. That said, I will certainly be looking out for the sequels and I am sure I will enjoy the development of the plot. Witches are most certainly not extinct......Superbly narrated by David Tennant who uses his bottomless repertoire of different voices to bring the story to life.

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  • Graham Clark
  • 11-27-17

Great family listen!

Great narration and excellent adventure story. Great for all ages on a long car journey or two!

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  • MR VINCENT M A GILL
  • 10-19-17

what a great story

David Tennant is a very talented narrator, his character voices brings it all alive in a special magical way

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  • FieldofChance
  • 10-11-17

brilliant adventure story.....

... although it took a little getting used to David Tennant leading us into a new world.

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  • Paula
  • 11-11-17

An awesome book

This book is a real thriller it can make you jump a few times with explosion sound affects but I would recommend the age to 7+. There's
two mane characters called Wish a warrior and Xar a wizard who go on an awesome adventure together with an enchanted sword.

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  • Al & Josh
  • 11-05-17

Where is the next one???

I loved this book so much it is my new favourite book better than Harry Potter and that is saying alot for me. Yes it is a children's book but I think a adult can still enjoy it.
Anyway i am now waiting for the next one.
So give it a go it will not disappoint

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  • Beth
  • 12-12-19

Interesting book

If you like Harry pottery well I don’t this book is for you it’s full with magic things in it.

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  • Meredith Izon
  • 11-25-19

Outstanding performance👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Great adventure story. Love the characters Xar ausome Wish fantastic Squeez juice cute bodcin cool.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-19

Doesn't disappoint

My children (6 & 9) and I have listened to all the How to Train your Dragon series which we loved and were bereft when we finished the last book. Looking for our next adventure that was age appropriate for them but still enjoyable for me, we were delighted to find Cressida Cowell had started a new series. I was worried it wouldn't have the same magic as the Dragon series but while the characters at first weren't as loveable, we still thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to continue the story with the next book. David Tennant does a brilliant performance as always. Highly recommended.

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  • David
  • 07-31-19

Simply awe-inspiring

Me and my family of parents a 13 year old and a 10 year old simply loved it. David tennants voice acting amazing. Cowells work; amazing and we all hope this beautiful book will become a movie 🤞

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-19

I cherish this book!

this book/series is my all time favourite. I have read this book twice now and it remains to be as colorful vibrant and I dunno "delicious" each time. the characters are funny and lovable, the scenes have an incredible atmosphere and tone, and the story although simple is executed perfectly through amazing storytelling. when I found this book I thought it would be a nice read but David Tennant amazing narration plus Cressida Cowell's brilliant writing have made a audible book that captured my imagination in such an extraordinary way.
I can't wait to read the third one when it comes out.

Read this Book!
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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-19

David Tennant Rocks!

We loved The Wizard of Once. Our family of parents, 5, 7, 9 and 11 year olds were entranced. Beautifully performed by David Tennant...no annoying voices so often found in kids audio books! Highly recommend. Can’t wait for the movie 🤞🏻

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  • Luciana
  • 12-25-18

Fantastic story & great narrator

We were all under a strong spell while listening to this story. Can't wait to start book 2 during the holidays.

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  • Ally Vessi
  • 12-20-18

Great for a long road trip with kids in the back

An engaging story that all our 3 kids (ages 9,9 and 7) loved listening to on our road trip through Victoria, Australia. Cressida Cowell's imagination is so much fun, and David Tennant's performance was highly amusing. Highly recommend.

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  • Tobias Walters
  • 05-13-18

Brilliant

We absolutely loved the story and think it was read beautifully by David Tennant. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Justeen Kirk
  • 03-26-18

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant!! Beautifully narrated by David Tennant. Great story!! My kids can’t wait for the next story to be available.

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  • Melanie
  • 10-18-17

Brilliant yet again!

My daily school trip crew ranging from 8-13 years old LOVED this!
David Tennant is so incredibly talented and the descriptive phrasing and picture creating ability of Cressida Cowell is unsurpassed. We sat in the driveway more than once, not wanting to get out of the car because we were too gripped with the story. Brilliant story writing, would highly recommend, just hanging out for the next one!!