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