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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Can Hiccup find the antidote to deadly Vorpentitis and fight the Doomfang? Can he brave the axe of Norbert the Nutjob and be the Hero yet again?

©2006 Cressida Cowell (P)2006 Hodder Children's Books

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A great story and will read

well told. kids were enthralled. highly recommended for to Boys are 8 &. 9. Excellent.

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Brilliant!

My four year old LOVED this book. Full of adventure and wry humour, making it enjoyable for me too. Recommended!

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Good book but name’s are silly

Thanks book (: great book but not realistic I like the dragon’s though. I like it

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  • S.J.P.
  • 20-10-2010

UnsuspectingFUN,enjoyableMISCHEIF,Loyal Friendship

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this story. You just have to use your inner child imagination, come on, it's easy! The intonations of David Tennant's voice keeps you in the thick of it. I so love an adventure and that's what awaits you in this tale of "How to cheat a Dragon's curse".

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  • M. Hammack
  • 24-02-2015

Great, funny, adveture and fun!

It was a great book, I love David Tenant in this I give it 15 stars!
It did meet its expectations

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

Amazing adventure and great way to escape :)

I've listned and re-listned all 12 HTTYD books and I just can't get enough of them. Dreamworks animated movies are great but this books are even better. the whole series is just a mosaic of increadable adventure stories so meticiously connected together into one epic tail of courage and kindness along with all the other elements of a great adventure; it is exciting and thrilling and full of unexpected twists and clif-hangers that keep you on your toes every moment troughout the story. There is also a lot of great humor that I absolutely loved and some of it even made me laugh out loud. And let me say, those are deffinetely NOT just kids books. They are full of great life lessons hidden in them that I doubt kids before 15 would even have been able to recognize. I found even some lessons on leadership and people management in it. Also motivational tips and lessons on responsability that comes with a position of power. All in all, this story is one that I would even compare to Harry Potter series in sense of quality of deapth that it offeres if you look at it more closely. How to Cheat a Dragons Curse is one of my favorites of the series. It is less dark and serious than some of the other volumes towards the end of the series but it is like home for me. It is like meditation in sense that it really relaxes me and lets me forget my worries as I enjoy some sarcasm and dark humor and comedic aspects of all those mad characters their meaningfull names and how they find themselves in all kinds of crazy imposdible situations and all those unexpected solutions to their problems. There's some of the best humor and jokes, found in this one. Of course the performance of David Tennant is unbelievably entertaining as well as it paints every second of the story so alive with all the voices of the characters and all those funny accents that you can immediately get lost in it for several hours on end without even realising it. I could go on and on about it, really. I'm a fan. All in all, this is an amazing story and audiobook and I would reccomend it to anyone who likes to escape and get lost into a fantasy world, kids and adults alike. I am truly greatefull to Mrs Cressida Cowell, an amazing writer, for sharring her increadable imagination with us in such an inspiering and fun way. Thank you.

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  • Anne-Kathrine
  • 15-03-2020

David Tennant is the best!

love the story love David Tennant her makes it 100 times better! love the accent!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-12-2019

Another great story!

Again, this story was listened to and enjoyed by my Australian family! The 9 year old said I should give this book a 6 out of 5 stars. They loved how Stoic fainted. The food fight was also a hit! Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2019

a must read

these books gets better and better! i am so impressed by tennant who tells the story amazingly well

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  • Kenya
  • 29-05-2013

Adorable

I like kid books on occasion. Don't get into this one thinking its anything like the movie though. So long as you keep the two separate from each other its enjoyable even for adults. Very cute and adorable as well as a lot of fun.

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  • Angela Mozingo
  • 29-03-2013

7 year old son LOVES this

What did you love best about How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse?

"The Dragons, of course"- my seven year old son who listened to it.

What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Other than he's also The Doctor and is awesome? Tennant has a very expressive voice and nice accent to listen to. If you have watched Doctor Who during the tenth doctor's era you can almost visualize his facial expressions.

Any additional comments?

My seven year old son (high functioning autism and adhd) loved listening to this while he played minecraft on his kindle.

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  • Becky
  • 23-01-2013

Love this series, but not the narrator

This a great series. I purchased the first three books in the series unabridged and with a different narrator. For this book unabridged and with the original narrator wasn't an option. At first I thought my dislike of the narrator was me just not liking change, but as the story progressed my opinion of the narrator didn't. He uses voices that make the characters sound mentally retarded. I still enjoyed the story, but was distracted by the narration.

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  • Eclectic book worm
  • 08-07-2012

Truely enjoyable

The story is interesting and the narration fantastic. Great car journey book. We listen to this series in the car on the way to school and we all really enjoy it.

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  • R B.
  • 12-12-2014

Dragontastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Love this series of audiobooks, David Tennant's delivery is spot on. We listen to them in the car and often end up sitting and listening even when we have reached our destination!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toothless is a great character, and far more interesting in the books than he is in the films.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant's characterisations are brilliant, we love the dragon voices.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Dragons fly again!

Any additional comments?

Great fun, my daughter (age 10) loves them.

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  • Marian
  • 01-04-2017

Thoroughly enjoyable, again!

We love these stories and David Tennant keeps all of smiling with his brilliant narrative.

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  • Graham
  • 01-10-2019

An amazing book

I absolutely loved this amazing book. David Tennant is incredibly talented. I love the way Cressida Cowell writes.

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  • cj
  • 30-05-2019

Excellent, best story’s I’ve ever heard

Excellent I loved all of how to train your dragon! I also really liked the wizards of once. I would recommend reading them in order and then read them all again because you understand so much and Cressedia Cowel linked all of the stories together. I’m really excited for the 3 book of wizards of once

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  • Anna
  • 22-02-2019

A great audiobook

We loved it and it made a very long journey fly by. We shall definitely listen to all the books.

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  • Elizabeth Farrell
  • 02-01-2019

The doomfang stole my potato

The doomfang stole my potato the end 8 more words 5 4 3 2 2

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-07-2013

Captivating story and performance

Would you listen to How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse again? Why?

Storytelling really brought the book to life. My children loved the story and really got engrossed in the imagery and excitement of the tale.

What other book might you compare How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse to, and why?

The Hobbit. Really captivates the imagination and takes you on a fantasy adventure.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant's accent and expression worked so well with this story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter and surprise through the story.

Any additional comments?

If you love the movie and series on television, you will love this audiobook.

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  • Ramona
  • 22-04-2010

So much fun :-)

David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2020

The best book aver

This was a really good book I definitely would recommend it to anyone who likes dragon and funny stories

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  • Thomas H.
  • 28-12-2019

This book is so brilliant

This book is so brilliant because it makes you feel like you are in the book and you are experiencing everything that the character is experiencing your self

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