Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: middle grade, fantasy, adventure, humor
Order in series: Book #1 in a series
Release Date: 2003
Length: 214 pages
Audiobook’s narrator: David Tennant
Audiobook’s duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer”…but it wasn’t always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!
Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, had been feeling slightly sick ever since he woke up that morning.
What made me listen to it
I had zero intentions of ever reading the books. However, one day, on youtube under ‘Related Videos’ a thumbnail of David Tennant popped up and then I discovered that he narrated the entire book series of How to Train Your Dragon…. there was a little freak out from my side and I immediately hit play; I was already bored out of my mind at work so I needed an audiobook to keep me sane.
I love David Tennant so so much (he’ll always be my favorite doctor) from Doctor Who and other works I’ve seen him in and I adore how adorable he is. Just looking at him or hearing his beautiful accent makes me smile.
I had seen the first movie that’s based on Cressida Cowell’s works but wasn’t interested in reading the books but if David Tennant is narrating then… Mmm… yeah….. I’m very very VERY interested in the book – I always were, actually…..
Thoughts on the story
How fun is this book? My laugh could be heard whenever a funny scene happened. I enjoyed the story so much. So many Vikings and Dragons with different personalities to entertain all.
Loved the tale of a ten-year-old boy struggling to be better by training his feisty dragon -Toothless- with his own methods as he experiments along the way proving to his father and the boys bullying him (it’s a ‘middle grade’ so of course there’s bullies, no surprise! and not only that the bullies’ dragons are hateful too) that he’s way more than they think.
This book is SO funny, it’s hard to mention all of my favorite scenes here. I mostly liked how from the beginning everyone was talking about this book that’s considered like a guide to training dragons that only contains one piece of advice: ‘Yell at it, the louder the better.’; this advice coming after the introduction of the author’s experience and degrees and how no one in town actually considered that it lacked more words till recently made it hilarious.
Thoughts on the audiobook narration
Let’s all give David a standing ovation, shall we?
He did an excellent job in narrating the story. His voice was calm and he read at a steady pace with different volumes to keep you hooked as the events of the story demands.
The voices he used for Tootthless, Old Wrinkly, Fislegs, Fireworm, and the Green Death were my favorites.
Luckily I enjoyed the story a lot, which means more David Tennant. YAY!
Can’t wait to dive into more of Hiccup’s adventures with the dragons. 5/5 stars
Wartihog put up his hand. “What happens if we can’t read, sir?”
“No boasting, Wartihog!” boomed Gobber. “Get some idiot to read it for you.”