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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Audiobook {4 Stars}

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is of course the story about a young viking boy trying to train a dragon, but that’s about all it has in common with the movie based on it. Fortunately, it is narrated by David Tennant (yes, Dr. Who!) and is therefore amazing (and thank you so much to Shae for convincing me of this fact!). Even though Toothless is small and green and Hiccup nerdy and adorable in a different way, fans of the movie will almost certainly love the book for its own wonderful storyline.

Note: I listened to How to Train Your Dragon on audiobook, which significantly influences my experience with it.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Audiobook {4 Stars}

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Narrated by David Tennant
(How to Train Your Dragon #1)
Published by Little Brown on May 1st, 2004
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 214 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon...

4 Stars


  • David Tennant narrates in his wonderful Scottish accent (which I was able to understand just fine, have no fear!) and there is music between chapters! I love when audiobooks have music and sound effects :D. It’s like illustrations for my ears….
  • Toothless talks! And is adorable! And likes jokes! And the voice that Tennant gives him is just so adorkable I can’t even convey to you how much I want to hug him.
  • Hiccup is (even more of) an underdog in How to Train Your Dragon the book, and you know you love underdog adventures where brains overcome brawn ;-). How to Train Your Dragon is possibly the epitome of underdog stories, haha.
  • Hiccup is also a complete nerd who has been studying dragons for ages and even learned dragonese (which Vikings simply do not do because they just yell at their dragons instead!). I love nerds okay?!
  • You know when you’re listening to a really fun audiobook and can’t help grinning like an utter fool while driving or in public? Yeah, that was me, and it was awesome.


  • I don’t know what is freaking up with the audio recording I listened to, but there was a serious volume problem (I downloaded mine from Audible). There were times when Tennant was whispering and I could barely hear, so I turned it up, and then a character would immediately start yelling and Tennant made my ears literally start aching, so I turned it down. And then there was more whispering, and then more yelling, etc. I missed several sentences scattered throughout because I didn’t turn it up in time to hear them *sigh*. Anyone else have this problem??
  • There is not a single young female character, and the only older one is Hiccup’s mom who shows up in about two scenes. Apparently Vikings don’t have daughters?


How to Train Your Dragon is a must listen for audiobook and Dr. Who fans. If you like the movie How to Train Your Dragon, seriously consider the book since it has all the same whimsical spirit with a completely different storyline so you won’t be bored :D. And if I haven’t convinced you yet, I never will, so just go read the book please ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

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  1. I loved the movie version, but I’ve never read the book. It sounds equally cute and a lot of fun!

  2. Lots of the kids at my library LOVE this series, and it’s fairly long-running so it keeps ’em busy! They tell me the book are pretty different from the films – did you find that was the case? Personally, I think a Toothless who talks and likes jokes is the only thing that could’ve improved the movies! ;)
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    • Yup definitely! Toothless is a little green dragon, haha. The plot is also completely different and I can’t decide which I like better to be honest!

  3. I don’t even watch Doctor Who, but because I adore How to Train your Dragon, and you loved the audiobook, I’m definitely going to try to get my hands on this!
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  4. I’ve been curious about this book since I loved the movie and though I don’t typically like audio books I might just have to try this one since it’s David Tennant. Toothless talks! Okay now I HAVE to read this! I’d probably be grinning like a fool too, no shame. That’s too bad that the girls from the movie weren’t in the book, maybe they come in in the sequels.
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    • Apparently there is a whole tribe of female barbarians later in the series :D But yeah, there is literally no similarity besides there being a dragon (though small and green) named Toothless and some vikings ;-)

  5. YAYAYAYAYAY! *wave pompoms*

    I didn’t have the volume issue, but yeah, the book is less gender equal than the movies, sadly. However, in a couple books, you’ll get to meet the all-female tribe, the Bog Burglars. They’re pretty cool.
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    • Omg that’s awesome! That’s where all the female barbarians go eh? ;-) How did you listen to it? Maybe I’ll try switching to something else to save my ears.

      • Haha. They’re like the Amazons of the barbarian world. (Although you do learn later that Hiccup’s mother is quite a fearsome warrior in her own right.) And I listen via Audible and, when those ran out, via Overdrive.
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        • Woot, that sounds awesome!

          Hmmm, so then it must be how my phone’s Audible app is sending the sound to my car’s speakers. Perhaps I’ll try to make them just a listen with headphones series and see how that goes!

  6. I loved the movie and I heard the book series was good, but now that I know that David Tennant narrates? YES!
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  7. I’ve never seen this movie but always thought it sounded cute – I had no idea it was based on a book. It sounds interesting – despite the shortage of female characters – so ill have to check it out. Part of me wants to do the audio but that volume issue sounds really annoying. Maybe ill see if its just an audible thing and try a playaway or cd.
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  8. David Tennant narrates this book? That alone makes it a book I must listen to! Hopefully mine doesn’t have volume issues!
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  9. DAVID TENNANT narrating!! Yup, that’s pretty much all I need. I WILL BE listening to the audiobook version of this one, I can guarantee you that! ♥ *swoon* Even though I already had this on my tbr shelf, it will not go on my to-be-listened-to shelf, which I don’t have. But I will create. For the sole purpose of Tennant. PLUS dragons :D
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    • I thought you might be interested in that fact ;-) I really need to be a to-be-listened-to list as well since currently that’s my Audible wishlist but it’d be better if I could share it with friends!

  10. I only know the movie, but it looks like the book is very different. Especially there are a bit more female characters in the movie… but shame on me, I have to read the book one day!
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    • Yeah, that was disappointing, but apparently there is an all female barbarian tribe in a later book, so I’m excited for that :D

  11. I loved the movie, which I have been assured shares almost nothing with the book so I have been leery. Audio is the way to go with this I think.
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    • I loved the movie and the book, but just basically think of them as two completely different stories ya know? Still lots of fun, just not the same story ;-)

  12. Ohh that sounds like something I need to listen to. Dr. Who reading me a book, yes please. lol
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