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How to Train Your Dragon

By: Cressida Cowell
Narrated by: David Tennant
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Summary

Inspired by the film that delighted parents and children alike, this audiobook version of How To Train Your Dragon is a whole new experience that will have you falling in love all over again.

The story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in Hiccup's own words by David Tennant.

Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking hero, warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that....

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

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Not just for kids

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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Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family

What did you like best about this story?

The humour, the names of the characters, the David v. Goliath theme, the triumph of the underdog.

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

All the characters were great. We loved the Sean Connery-esque Stoic the Vast, we loved Gobba the Belch and of course Toothless.

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

Laugh mostly although I was a bit teary about Toothless at the end.

Any additional comments?

My three kids (11, 9 and 7 - girls and boys) loved it as did my husband and I. Brilliant.

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A family favourite

I cannot recommend these books highly enough. They have made long car journeys with young children fly by as we were all immersed into the viking world of Hiccup and his friends. The narration by David Tennant is remarkable. His voices bring the characters to life with some gorgeous regional accents (the Bog Burglers especially). We bring the ipod in from the car to finish the stories off in the kitchen they are so good.

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How to Train Your Dragon

The whole family enjoyed it thoroughly. David Tenant's voice is fantastic.

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love it
so cool
omg best ever

#lol omg omg omg omg OMG best for miles around great storyline and reading

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A great kids book for the family

If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

fun, funny, funnier

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hiiccup because he becomes a hero the hard way

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

This one was every bit as good as all the other Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books he has narrated.

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

It made me and all the family laugh out loud repeatedly

Any additional comments?

This is the first of the How to Train Your Dragon series, all are narrated by David Tennant. This is very different to the film, but is an excellent book, very funny, my two boys, 5 & 7 years old have listened to it dozens of times.

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A Super Read!

Wonderful use of adjectives offering many opportunities to develop colourful and creative imaginations with students.

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Fun book, beautifully narrated.

The whole family loved listening to this book, adults just as much as my 2 boys 5&7. Fast paced to keep interest.

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My fave series

How to train your dragon is one of the best books I know, discuting and funny for girls boys and parents. There is a whole series in which I am indulging. I have got book 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and I want to read more, so do my parents. The abridged books are just as good and so are the ones supposed for 5-7 year olds cos my 4 year old sister loves them, my parents love them and I love them and I'm 11.

David Tennant is a fabulous narrater and I don't know anyone better, how does he get those voices, scary and funny and his Scottish accent is perfect for the book really fits.

So there is no question about it really
You HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!😍

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love it

Loved the story even though the film is very different. I like this Toothless more he reminds me of many a pet I've had and how I imagine they would have been. Excellent narration but then an excellent actor being used and David's characters come alive as he uses different voices for each of them. I especially love how Toothless stutters and can whine again adding to his character.
The only down side to this book is the music between chapters, not easy to have as a bedtime story as this can come as a little bit of a shock due to it being louder than the narration.
Its shame the music cannot be removed for an adult listening as it doesn't add to the story but I suppose for a young child it can keep their attention and help parents to choose where they stop the story.
Can't wait to hear the rest of the series.

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