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How to Train Your Dragon

Written by: Cressida Cowell
Narrated by: David Tennant
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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Great family book

Just a fun book to listen to. My kids and I loved it! The performance is engaging, and the characters are heartwarming.

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Great everything!

Tennant does a fine job of narrating a story that (as always) surpasses the movie that it inspired. Looking forward to the next 14 books! #Audible1

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  • 371forty
  • 2012-06-14

My Teenagers Like This

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I bought this audio for my 4th grader. He received the book set of the series at Christmas and still hadn't read any of the books. Some of his friends wanted to borrow his books but I told him that he had to read them first. We compromised with my purchasing the audio version.

It took a few times of turning the audio on in the car while we were driving before he would listen to the whole story. He enjoyed the narrator, David Tenant so much that he listened to the whole audio until he was finished at midnight on the day he finally committed to listening.

He begged me for the next book and then my 2 teenage daughters wanted to know what all of the fuss was about. My daughters were laughing out loud while listening to the narrator and enjoyed it so much that they want all of the books in the series on audio.

Before my daughters started listening to the audio they said that they couldn't possibly enjoy a story they weren't reading from a book they had in their hand. David Tenant proved them wrong.

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  • Corrimal, Australia
  • 2011-04-27

Brilliant car-trip entertainment

We didn't know this book (or indeed the series) and hadn't heard a David Tennant-narrated book before, but the whole family--daughter, 7, son, 9, and parents--gives this two thumbs up. We loved it. We chose it for a long car journey, which as it turned out, was made even longer by a holiday traffic jam, and we really got lucky. The story is funny and involving and the narration is terrific, with great variety in the characterisations and beautiful delivery of the humour. I'm about to buy another in the series to store away for our next car trip, and the kids have since acquired two of Cressida Cowell's books. Highly recommended.

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  • Hope Romero
  • Sugarland
  • 2011-02-27

Wonderfully read!!!!

I would normally never read or listen to a book that is abridged, but David Tennant does too good a job not to listen to this version. Tennant does such a wide veriety of voices that is it never confusing on who is talking, as it is in some books.

Over all, a great story with a great reader.

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  • Jaswinder Singh Dhillon
  • 2012-08-06

Good performance, but poor levels on the recording

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I enjoyed the story and the reading and the voices. I listened with my 3 year old, and we both liked it. However, it was difficult to follow because the volume levels were so widely varynig. Very loud at the intense moments, and so very quiet at the softer. I kept having to turn the volume up and down according to the situation. Frustrating. Regardless, good story, very different from the movie. Fun voices by narrator.

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  • Meena
  • Newark, NJ, United States
  • 2010-06-26

Good one


A very good book. Well narrated. I would recommend this. Thanks to Audible for having this in store

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  • Bokka
  • 2013-03-04

Excellent kids story 6-13 yrs

What made the experience of listening to How to Train Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

Interesting plot, exciting and funny, excellent delivery - accents included

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

His use of differing accents and associated attitudes reinforce the flavour of Scotland faithfully

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  • Elliott's mom
  • 2012-05-03

David Tennant is fantastic!

You couldn't have found a more perfect narrator for this series. I wish it wasn't abridged, but the story still holds up. My boys really enjoyed it (as did my husband and I).

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2011-09-11

Fun story, inspired narration.

It's a fun (although familiar) story of a normal boy who overcomes the odds using his brains. But it contains Vikings and that alone gets it an additional star. My kids loved listening to this, especially the inspired narration of David Tennant.

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  • William
  • VILLA RICA, GA, United States
  • 2012-06-21

Good Story, Disappointing narration

The story was good, but I was a little disappointed by the reading. I also didn't notice that this one was abridged until after I got it. I chose this version over the other one (which is unabridged) because of the narrator (I'm a Doctor Who fan).
You get 1 hour less content on this abridged version, and you have to deal with a very dynamic range of the narrator. Normally, a dynamic range in reading is good, but the soft parts are too soft (couldn't hear some words while riding in the car), and the loud parts were speaker rattling since we had turned it up to hear the softer parts. Overall, the first 30-40 minutes of the book are very hard to understand.

I enjoyed the overall performance, but I feel like this could have been edited a little better to make it a better listen.

As for the story, I actually liked the movie's version better than this one. My kids ask to listen to this occasionally, but they don't get into it as much since it is so hard to listen to in the car. The difference in the story line doesn't really matter to them, but it is very forgettable and not something they beg to listen to.

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  • Anubhuti
  • Finland
  • 2019-02-25

Really shows you the troubles of living with dragons

Dragons are tricky creatures and it doesn’t make life any easier for anyone involved that they have to cohabit with humans who are ever so fickle themselves. This book is a great insight into living with dragons and I loved listening to every second of it. The combination of David Tennant and Hiccup ensures an enthralling few hours in Burke.
It was a perfectly fantastic book to listen to while dealing with the everyday mundane. 😊