How to Train Your Dragon

26 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,100 ratings

Summary

Gentle, young Hiccup has a challenge in front of him. To become a full member of his tribe, the Hairy Hooligan Vikings, he must undertake a quest which takes the form of a dragon initiation. Unfortunately, not all goes to plan, and he catches the smallest dragon, named Toothless, that’s ever been seen. The mockery and taunting are never-ending. 

Listeners of this exciting audiobook series, read by the legendary David Tennant, will be relieved to know that the life of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III gets better. The series plots his rise to fame through dragon training exploits told in Hiccup’s very own words. By the time he becomes a hero, chieftain and fearless sword fighter, he has gained enormous power over a host of terrifying dragons. 

Tennant (best known as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who) lends his trademark Scottish accents to create larger-than-life characters. He also voiced the dim-witted Viking Spitelout in the 2010 Dreamworks movie adaptation and spin-off TV series. 

It’s hard not to fall in love with his interpretation of Toothless, the stuttering and lisping tiny dragon. The experience is magnified by the dragons' deep purring and music that brings the whole audiobook alive. 

Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon is a tale of courage, friendship, loyalty and some fierce, intelligent, scary dragons.

The first How To Train Your Dragon book was published in 2003. Cowell followed it up with 12 more, concluding the series in 2015. Over 11 million How To Train Your Dragon books have been sold around the world in 38 languages.

The 2010 How To Train Your Dragon film earned nearly $500 million worldwide and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Two sequels released in 2014 and 2019 were also box-office hits. A Dreamworks animated TV series inspired by the film was released in 2015. Two tie-in video games were released in 2014 and 2019.

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