How to be a Pirate Audio CD – Audiobook, Abridged
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This is a maniacally crazy story liberally spattered with appropriately riotous illustrations, lists and maps (Books For Keeps)
It's a wonderfully vibrant story, illustrated with the author's hilarious drawings, and told with a delightfully gobby sense of humour (Books Quarterly (Waterstones))
Cowell is a new star in children's fiction (The Times)
Great jokes and suberb characters will appeal to boys and girls alike (With Kids)
Very funny indeed (Maidenhead Advertiser)
Witty writing and funny drawings and notes ensure that this clever Viking story keeps its readers laughing (Junior Education)
PRAISE FOR HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON:
CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.'(Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times)
... one of the most enjoyable and original children's stories I have heard in a long time ... David Tennant reads with outstanding gusto, giving full and varied wellie to the story's rich assortment of Viking and dragon characters. (The Independent)
A wonderful adventure (The School Librarian)
A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. (Waterstones Quarterly Magazine)
How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper... It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. (Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow)
... raucous and slapstick... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. (The Financial Times)
[Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. (Books for Keeps)
Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. (Independent on Sunday)
brilliantly read by David Tennant (daily telegraph)
Read with gigantic gusto by David Tennant, and featuring some shatteringly good sound effects, this kept us all laughing on the edge of our seats for 3 hours apiece (independent on sunday)
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and everso hairy. But even Viking heros have to begin somewhere... An unabridged reading by David Tennant (3 CDs)See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
We have the whole series and all of the stories have been played over and over again and -unlike the film based on the first adventure that Hiccup has - are entirely true to the books. The story itself ( and all in the series) is fantastic for both children and adults alike. However the fact that they are read by the talented David Tennant really does just clinch the deal. The story is read by him in such an engaging way that you will drive round the block to make sure you hear the end. His voices for all the characters are wonderful and seem to encapuslate each individual precisely.
All our family enjoy them from 5-45 male and female.
We await the next book in the series with undisguised impatience!
This is the forth audio book in the 'How to Train Your Dragon' series read by David Tennant that I have had the pleasure of listening to.
This installment is, in my opinion, the best yet.
How to be a Pirate is brilliantly read by David Tennant.
If you imagine how good he could be and multiply it by a factor of 5 you would still be selling him short.
He is superb.
I listen to a lot of audio books and Tennant is right up there in his reading with Tony Robinson's reading of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and with Stephen Fry's reading of J K Rowling's Harry Potter series of books. Brilliance.
I kid you not.
True, Tennant does have a lot to go on.
Cresssida Cresswell's books are wonderfuland fabulously funny children's tales but in Tennant's capable voice he ratchets their brilliance to a whole new level.
His vocal characteristics are brilliant.
The pace is ideal and as the books are so funny and well written with a cracking story the action and enjoyment fairly canters along.
Think of a Noggin the Nog crossed with Harry Potter and a smidgeon of Spike Milligan and you have the idea of just how good an author Cresswell is.
I don't need to give you the plot others will do so in reviews of the book because I am reviewing the audio version.
If you have kids that are reluctant readers play them this on a car journey and I guarantee you three things will happen.
One you will seek out the rest in the fabulous series.
Two Your kids will pick up and read the books wanting to get more.
Three You too will, like me, become a fan.
And I really envy you discovering this fantastic audio series for yourselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Important to know is these books are NOTHING like the film apart from a few names in common and the general premise of vikings and dragons. Read morePublished 23 days ago by sspsnx
My pair (aged 5) are really enjoying reading these books, though they can be a bit scary for bedtime. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. A. Bennett
Bought for my grandson. Thought that it would be of better quality , he is 7, and loves the films. He is enjoying the book but needs help with reading it.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Brown
These audiobooks get better and better, my son loves these and really enjoys David Tennant's narration.Published 3 months ago by Ross