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(Audio) Book Thoughts: How To Train Your Dragon (Cressida Cowell)

Cowell, Cressida - How To Train Your Dragon (audio)


Title: How To Train Your Dragon
Author: Cressida Cowell     Audio Narrator: David Tennant
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
First published: 2003
Edition: Audio book

Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III was a truly extraordinary Viking hero. The warrior chieftain and awesome sword fighter was known as ‘the Dragon Whisperer’, on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn’t always like that, and this is the story of his rise to fame, in his own words.

This was a quick fun time. My daughter adores the movie and series and when I saw the audio book was narrated by David Tennant, I decided to give it a listen. It was a fun story and I enjoyed it, even though it really is very different from the movie. Once I let go of preconceived notions, this story made me smile.

The tone of the book is light and there is a whimsy to it I definitely enjoyed. David Tennant’s narrating style suits the story very well and I think he really helped bring it to life. He especially managed to give the dragon Toothless a lot of amusing sass!

The one thing that I did think was rather odd is the fact that there are hardly any women in this, apart from a rare appearance of main character’s Hiccup’s mother! No women, no girls, nada – just a bunch of boys and men. Oh, there may be a few female dragons, but apart from that, there is mostly a gaping hole! It did not bother me exactly, but I did notice it.

I am not continuing this series, as it is clearly meant for children, but I did have fun with it. It’s a delightful story.  My daughter will love it, so I will listen to it again with her.

5 out of 7 stars

4 thoughts on “(Audio) Book Thoughts: How To Train Your Dragon (Cressida Cowell)

  1. I really like David Tennant (who doesn’t?,) and I bet he made a great narrator. My younger sister read this book a while back but she was disappointed by it. She said the dragons were ‘nice’ in the movie but not at all in the book. With this serious lack of women, I wonder how these Vikings are continuing to be born? Maybe Hiccup’s mom is the mother of everybody in the community. 😛

    1. *smirk* too funny! Maybe the women are in the huts cooking and cleaning as they should be *wink* whilst the men are out being stupid not realising the whole thing would be a lot easier if their wives had a say in what was happening!

      The book is very different from the movie, so yeah, I get that your sister would be disappointed.

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