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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cressida Cowell Narrator: David Tennant Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The How to Train Your Dragon Series Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781478954040
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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a truly extraordinary Viking hero, warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter, and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout the land as the “Dragon Whisperer” on account of his power over the terrifying beasts. But it wasn’t always like that.

This follow-up to the New York Times bestseller How to Train Your Dragon chronicles the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup as his training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate’s treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A series of hair-raising, humorous escapades on the high seas…addressed with humor that is accessible to both reluctant and avid readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Cowell works very hard to envelop events in a mantle of farce…but beneath it all, this is a semiserious exploration of what true heroism and leadership are all about.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 2/17/2014

    " Probably my favorite of the first three books. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sri | 2/14/2014

    " Hiccup dengan kepandaiannya berhasil mengalahkan monster yang lain. Kali ini monster tersebut menjaga harta karun yang ditinggalkan oleh leluhur Hiccup. Untunglah walaupun monster yang merupakan gabungan antara naga ular dan gurita itu sangat berbahaya tapi monster tersebut memiliki kelemahan yaitu kurang peka pada bagian ujung tentakelnya. Dengan kecerdikan dan keberuntungan Hiccup berhasil memperdaya si monster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/29/2014

    " This book is a really good book. I enjoyed reading it, and I want to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 1/27/2014

    " Viking/Pirate training continues for Hiccup and the other boys in this second book. They meet Alvin and set out to find the lost treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly. Troubles of course ensue and it is up to Hiccup to save the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosabelle Purnama | 1/26/2014

    " Not as funny as the first book, but I still enjoyed reading the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 1/20/2014

    " This story was pretty strange, which is probably why I liked it even better than "How to Train Your Dragon". Hiccup's becoming just the kind of smart nerdy hero that I like in kid's stories. The big reveal in this one is that he's left-handed (which explained a lot of his clumsiness, trying to use his right) which I found pretty funny, being a lefty myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/18/2014

    " The further adventures of Hiccup the viking and Toothless the dragon are rather adorable. The death of the baby dragon was a bit hard for me, but the rest of the story was adorable and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dallin | 1/17/2014

    " It is cool. Hiccup finds treasure. Yay! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Ricker | 1/17/2014

    " As light of a read as you can get and just the thing for post-midterm blahs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonie | 12/25/2013

    " Just finished reading this book with my son. He enjoyed it as much as he did the first one. Now he is anxious to start the third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Rull | 12/14/2013

    " Another very funny excerpt in the How to Train your Dragon saga. Hiccup and his dragon Toothless are a hilarious pair, along with Hiccup's friend Fishlegs. Everything they do is so funny and Hiccup always comes through in a pinch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thayer Smock | 11/24/2013

    " Gabe read this one, not me, but he thouht it was great and worthy of 4 stars. Book #3 How to Speak Dragonese is his favorite so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/23/2013

    " Luke and I are hooked on this series! So glad to find something other than the wimpy kid books to keep him reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missie | 7/23/2013

    " I loved reading this book with my kids, and would like to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirm | 4/26/2013

    " Very creative. still like the movie more but the movie is SO hard to beat and i did watch it first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 11/28/2012

    " Audible.com version narrated by David Tennant -- fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edu | 9/1/2012

    " Such a fun book! Fulled with lessons about life and adorable characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophiene | 6/15/2012

    " This series is just great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaleh | 5/14/2012

    " I read this one aloud to my son. He was really into it. I wish the chapters were more evenly divided. Some were super short and others rather long. But otherwise it was a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/5/2012

    " Although I like the first book in the series better I love this book and it is worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinna | 2/5/2012

    " Another fun one to read aloud with the kids! They loved this one and so I did. Just started the next book in the series tonight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/4/2011

    " Hysterical, fantastic, laugh-out-loud funny. It is impossible to read this with a straight face; you will burst out into spontaneous grinning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 10/10/2011

    " Cute book, funny kid drawings and a nice story. Entertaining and good, it shows how Hiccup now becomes a pirate and a bit more of the story behind the Hero he is nowadays... Nice book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ceci Pajarinen | 10/7/2011

    " It has mistakes about the vikings but the meaning of the history is cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 9/8/2011

    " It was a good adventure book. I liked all the details. I liked how Hiccup wins and gets treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 6/16/2011

    " Another fun tale from the memoirs of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anh | 6/11/2011

    " Just like its precedent, this book is funny and every kid would love it. Light atmosphere, filled with humorous, kind and cruel Vikings, shipwrecks, treasures and dragons. The talking dragons is a nice touch, they're lovely and vile all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/10/2011

    " A few pieces of language I would not have selected for children but otherwise a great book for my 8 and 4 year olds... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/7/2011

    " Just a fun frolicking read :) This even only took me a couple of days, it's such a fast read. Very fun and entertaining. Just as good as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 5/4/2011

    " A great sequel. Very funny with the return of our favorite heros...Hiccup and Toothless!! Wonderful developments with promise of laughs in the futrue books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risaolsan | 4/22/2011

    " Sampai sekarang aku baca bagus, tiap halamannya bergambar jadi seru bacanya
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 La | 3/29/2011

    " Not as good as the first. Laughed out loud in a few places, good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Clark | 3/29/2011

    " I read these after watching the feature film from Dreamworks, which I greatly enjoyed. However, they are two very different things, no more so apparent than in the vastly different portrayals of Toothless. So, be aware of that.

    The books are amusing and easy reads for kids 7 and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sri | 3/21/2011

    " ALAN the treacherous arrives. Danger follows. Will they be able to defeat the awesome and poisonous dragon? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/4/2011

    " Another fun book in the series. A nice, silly read to divert you from the daily grind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 3/3/2011

    " Cute. I didn't realize that it was the second book until I had already started it. I wish I would have read the first book before reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desi | 3/3/2011

    " brilliant! looove it!

    dengan segala sumpah serapah, makian, dan kebodohan Stoick Agung (lol), 'inside'-nya keren! looove it!
    berencana untuk beli seri lanjutannya. dimana, eh? "

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About the Author

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland, where she spent her time writing stories, fishing for things to eat, and exploring the island looking for dragons. She was convinced that there were dragons living on the island and has been fascinated by them ever since.

About the Narrator

David Tennant has won critical acclaim for his performance as Detective Alec Hardy in the hugely successful crime drama Broadchurch, a role he is soon to reprise in the upcoming American remake Gracepoint. He shot to global fame during his tenure as the Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who series and has starred in a number of other award-winning films and television shows, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Single Father. On stage he has played Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II.