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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,059 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cressida Cowell Narrator: David Tennan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The How to Train Your Dragon Series Release Date:
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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is a heartwarming story for children and adults alike. Full of adventure, humor, and narrated by David Tennant, this story will keep the attention of even the busiest children whether in the car or at home.

The story takes us back to the time of the Vikings, when men were big, strong, and fearless. Some of the dragons that shared their land didn't even scare them. Among the most fearless of the Hairy the Hooligan tribe is Stoick the Vast, a leader among the people. His son, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III does not, however, follow in his father's footsteps. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are sent on a mission to capture a dragon to train, Hiccup returns, much to the dismay of his family, with a small, scrawny dragon he names Toothless.

Hiccup works with Toothless every day, and his techniques are far from ordinary. While everyone thinks that Hiccup will never amount to much, his time spend with Toothless pays off. When an enormous scary dragon threatens the existence of the Viking tribe, Hiccup and Toothless work together to try and save them. Will Hiccup find his own road to becoming a Viking hero? The story shows that sometimes being different has its advantages, and that brains sometimes win out over size and strength.

Author Cressida Cowell has written 8 books in the Hiccup series, all stories about this smaller than average warrior told with great humor that children and adults enjoy. She lives in Hammersmith, England with her family after spending much of her life growing up in London. She won the Nestle Children's Book Prize in 2006 and had the pleasure of seeing this particular story brought to life on the silver screen by Dreamworks in 2010.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as the “Dragon Whisperer” on account of his power over the terrifying beasts—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 becomes a hero!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Legendary Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III comes to life thanks to a spirited performance from narrator Tennant. In this first volume of Cowell’s popular series, Hiccup must, as a rite of passage, catch a dragon…In this winning audio edition, Tennant’s narration is theatrical and sure to entertain listeners of all ages. The narrator’s pacing is perfect, his character voices unique, and the accents he creates believable. An enthusiastic performance from Tennant makes this a must-listen.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “David Tennant imbues each character in this wild tale with energy and humor, from the booming members of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe to the ominously cultured tones of a terrifying sea dragon.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “[Tennant] brings a slew of Scottish accents to this high-spirited rendering of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III’s journey toward true heroism…The taunting tones applied to Snotlout and his grunting sidekick, Dogsbreath, are a hoot. Tennant has a special talent for creating larger-than-life voices, particularly the lisping and stuttering of the dragon, Toothless, and the deep, malicious purring of the sea dragon. Music and ominous dragon roaring between scenes accentuate the performance.”


  • “Fresh, funny dialogue…Short chapters, clever slapstick, kid-pleasing character names…will keep even reluctant readers turning these pages—and chuckling as they go.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup’s exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Wildly enjoyable…The hilarious farce will appeal to heroic fiction fans as much as to scaredy-cats.”


  • “[Cowell’s] genuinely fierce, intelligent, and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero’s mix of quick wit, courage, and loyalty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2015 School Library Journal Top Pick of Summer Audiobooks

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamiec8 | 2/20/2014

    " I find the character,hiccup to be not brave,strong,or mean like the rest of his tribe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelci | 2/16/2014

    " Nothing even close to the movie! Not even close! Liked the movie and liked the book. Not even close however! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Necia | 2/16/2014

    " I was surprised that the book was completely different from the movie. Fun book, fun movie, just really different stories. I loved the scratchy drawings in the book. They expressed a lot of personality using a very amateur-looking style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shae | 2/14/2014

    " I wanted to read the book before the movie, but then after reading about how different the movie is, I'm glad I decided to read the book first. The story was so cute, and I liked how nice and simple it was. "

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