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The Reluctant Dragon

Narrated by: Anton Lesser
Length: 53 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

Non-member price: $5.53

Publisher's Summary

The Boy lives in a cottage with his mother and father, and the Dragon lives in a cave on the Downs. The Boy is his only friend. The Dragon is not at all the sort of Dragon one might expect to meet, however: he's polite and friendly.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Well written! Greatly read.

My son & I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Thank you. The story is good, kept our attention, with action, honesty and empathy. Very well written with beautiful words chosen. And the reading or narration, was perfectly done.

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A lovely, feel good story

This children's story is quite short (less than an hour) and written in a heart warming and entertaining way. I love the new take on St George and the dragon. :)

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great language to introduce to younger listeners

a classic the whole family can enjoy. Great language and a wonderful performance by Anton Lesser

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  • Lori
  • 14-01-2017

teaches without being didactic

For whatever reason, I'm revisiting books I read as a kid and books I read to my kids when they were little. I love Kenneth Grahame's way of never talking down to a child in his books. For those who love a good animal character, this one about the dragon, the kid, and St. George is a classic and it teaches diversity and individual identity in a way that no school book could.

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  • T. Menzel
  • 06-08-2018

Wonderful!

The whole family enjoyed this one! It’s quick enough to get through that we’ve listened to it several times.
The narration is of wonderful quality and I have no complaints!

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  • C. Babb
  • 11-03-2018

Fantastic

The kids and I loved it. Its a simple yet engaging fantasy adventure story. Great for bed times.

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  • Jessica
  • 27-03-2019

A charming dragon meets a witty boy 🎆👏🎆

A book that had me laughing and nervously expecting the worst but, thankfully, my expectations weren't met.

I LOVED this story.

If you can listen to the audiobook Anton Lesser is marvelous.

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  • Rebecca Arnold
  • 29-11-2018

a light hearted parody

it was a fun parody of King George and the Dragon with a nod to Puff the Magic Dragon. I loved the narrator's voices but my 10 year old daughter struggled to understand the story because of the accents. I love a happy ending.

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  • Heather Lindus
  • 11-08-2018

quicky fun

working past the accent was a little struggle, but if you can do that it's a fun little story

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  • Emily Nibali
  • 15-06-2018

Classically Refreshing!

What a wonderful book to revive in children and adults the love of listening to a rich literary piece! This is a beautiful, passionate tale with vocabulary to inspire and challenge! The noun governs the verb throughout this tale.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 20-07-2017

THE HAPPY BOHEMIAN DRAGON

THE SIN OF ROMANCING
I am normally a stickler for a dragon having an attitude, being selfish, etc., but I will make an exception for this story. I liked the story and I liked all the characters including the LAZY dragon. This is a fun read and teaches a lot about friendship.

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Only four stars on the narrator, as he did not distinguish well between characters. At times I could not tell who was talking between the three main characters. It was not bad enough to stop you from listening to this. On sale now for $1.95 for almost an hour. That is less than minimum wage was when I was a kid.

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  • Shannon
  • 22-05-2018

Great story!😂😍😘


The reluctant dragon is an amazing story. My kids loved this book! My family highly recommends.

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  • A_Required_Name
  • 23-02-2018

Great Quick Story

Review of audible edition : Very good narrator! Lasted right under 55 minutes.. Good story, as an adult enjoyed listening along with the kids.

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  • Kingston1919
  • 01-11-2019

Absolutely Perfect

Wonderful story of course but the narration here lifts it to a superlative level.
Anton Lesser is unsurpassable

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  • Yikes!
  • 03-02-2019

Charmingly written and told

This is simply a lovely, short story with gentle messages about, among other things, not judging a book by its cover. Perfect for children, but perhaps even more enjoyable for adults.