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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (How to Train Your Dragon) Audio CD – Audiobook, 27 May 2014

4.9 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Unabridged edition (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478954124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478954125
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

A delight for 8+ (The Times)

Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever (Financial Times)

Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity...Highly recommended (Birmingham Post)

Action and excitement aplenty (The Daily Telegraph)

The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic (telegraph.co.uk)

PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS:
'Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.'

(Amanda Craig, The Times)

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)

... 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)

'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' (Amanda Craig, Times)

Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. (Independent on Sunday)

'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' (Daily Telegraph)

'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' (The Times)

'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' (Woman's Weekly)

Top stuff. (Daily Telegraph)

Especially good... raises the series to classic status. (Times)

Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** (Books For Keeps)

Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. (Daily Express)

A modern classic. Cowell is an effortlessly funny writer and is brimming with creativity. Highly recommended. (Birmingham Post)

A delight for 8+. (The Times)

Cowell's loopy, scattershot imagination is as compelling as ever. (Financial Times)

Action and excitement aplenty. (Daily Telegraph)

The most inventive, entertaining and demanding contemporary children's epic. (Daily Telegraph (Peter Florence))

Gripping adventure stories complete with quests and battles, a vividly imagined alternative world. (Daily Telegraph)

Gloriously funny. (The Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

The hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name. Can he become the Hero everyone expects him to be? Read the bestselling series that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I' ve waited a long time for this one. So happy to have it. Things judt got serious with the Dragon's Rebelion. The village depends on Hiccup more than ever. I read this book but i need to hear the audiobook, because it's just beyond 5 stars to hear David Tennant acting the characters.
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My son loved this book.Arrived very quickly.
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Brilliant I loved it
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If you like the film you'll love the book. Brilliant.
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A great book for young readers.
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After flagging a little in the intermediate books, Cressida Cowell's saga has hit its stride with a vengeance in the two latest. Perhaps the film has given her a shot in the arm, even though it was so very loosely based on the books (good, but very little to do with them)? My son is fed up that those who purchase the early books now get character cards thrown in, whereas those who have been loyal followers of Hiccup from the beginning (and bought them all pre-film) miss out. However, we are both pleased that CC is keeping to her own individual course with these stories, not bending to the film's style.

The story has got much bigger and more cosmic, and some of the efforts to re-incorporate all the plot-points of the earlier books as aspects of the new Titanic Struggle are inevitably a bit forced. And there seem to be even more species of dragons than there are beetles ... some of us are losing track. Still, this is a great page-turner. Hiccup prioritises finding his friend Fishlegs over seeking the Dragon's Jewel, and secretly infiltrates the Slavelands. There he finds his fellow Vikings searching for amber - and something more valuable still - on the endless red sands, where lurks a menace even scarier than the inrushing tide ... How will the story of Fishlegs's past impact on Hiccup's quest? Will the revolting Snotlout finally get his come-uppance? Will Hiccup manage to bring peace before Vikings and dragons wipe each other out, and will Toothless the dragon ever grow any less annoying? Find out some of the answers here.
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My daughter, 10, my son, 7 and I are gripped. We're about 3/4 of the way through. All the pieces of the story so cleverly built up over the other books are coming together in crazy, brilliant excitement. I almost get mobbed when I have to stop reading each night. Please don't let it be the last book!
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This is a fantastic children's series. My son - initially a reluctant reader - has loved and devoured them, and will still read them now he has reached his teenager phase.

I think it's been flagging a bit in the last couple of books, but this one - whilst not (in my view) reaching the inspired 5* lunacy of the first four and sixth books - picks up the pace a bit more and sets things up nicely for the next and final volume. Good to see Thuggory the Meathead again - I've always wondered why he didn't appear after book 1.
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