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Eine abenteuerliche Reise liegt vor Lung, dem silbernen Drachen, und seinen Begleitern, dem Koboldmädchen Schwefelfell und dem Waisenjungen Ben. Sie sind auf der Suche nach einem sicheren Ort für Lungs Artgenossen, für die es in der Menschenwelt keinen Platz mehr zu geben scheint. Lung setzt seine ganze Hoffnung auf den sagenumwobenen »Saum des Himmels«. Dort, irgendwo zwi Eine abenteuerliche Reise liegt vor Lung, dem silbernen Drachen, und seinen Begleitern, dem Koboldmädchen Schwefelfell und dem Waisenjungen Ben. Sie sind auf der Suche nach einem sicheren Ort für Lungs Artgenossen, für die es in der Menschenwelt keinen Platz mehr zu geben scheint. Lung setzt seine ganze Hoffnung auf den sagenumwobenen »Saum des Himmels«. Dort, irgendwo zwischen den Gipfeln des Himalaya versteckt, soll die ursprüngliche Heimat der Drachen liegen. Noch ahnen die drei jedoch nicht, dass es etwas viel Bedrohlicheres als die Menschen gibt - Nesselbrand den Goldenen, das gefährlichste Drachen jagende Ungeheuer, das die Welt je gesehen hat. Und er ist ihnen auch schon auf der Spur …


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Eine abenteuerliche Reise liegt vor Lung, dem silbernen Drachen, und seinen Begleitern, dem Koboldmädchen Schwefelfell und dem Waisenjungen Ben. Sie sind auf der Suche nach einem sicheren Ort für Lungs Artgenossen, für die es in der Menschenwelt keinen Platz mehr zu geben scheint. Lung setzt seine ganze Hoffnung auf den sagenumwobenen »Saum des Himmels«. Dort, irgendwo zwi Eine abenteuerliche Reise liegt vor Lung, dem silbernen Drachen, und seinen Begleitern, dem Koboldmädchen Schwefelfell und dem Waisenjungen Ben. Sie sind auf der Suche nach einem sicheren Ort für Lungs Artgenossen, für die es in der Menschenwelt keinen Platz mehr zu geben scheint. Lung setzt seine ganze Hoffnung auf den sagenumwobenen »Saum des Himmels«. Dort, irgendwo zwischen den Gipfeln des Himalaya versteckt, soll die ursprüngliche Heimat der Drachen liegen. Noch ahnen die drei jedoch nicht, dass es etwas viel Bedrohlicheres als die Menschen gibt - Nesselbrand den Goldenen, das gefährlichste Drachen jagende Ungeheuer, das die Welt je gesehen hat. Und er ist ihnen auch schon auf der Spur …

30 review for Dragon Rider - Limited/Numbered Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Classic Coming of Age Story --Minus the love triangles, savior complexes, and completely stupid decisions that plague many of the YA fiction I've read The Dragons of this world are scattered. The packs have long been broken up and devoured by the Golden One. Firedrake the Dragon remembers hearing of safe place for dragons and so sets off to find it with Sorrel, his Brownie friend. No one thinks he can, no one thinks he will ever come back. Firedrake meets with an orphan boy (Ben) (of course, ther Classic Coming of Age Story --Minus the love triangles, savior complexes, and completely stupid decisions that plague many of the YA fiction I've read The Dragons of this world are scattered. The packs have long been broken up and devoured by the Golden One. Firedrake the Dragon remembers hearing of safe place for dragons and so sets off to find it with Sorrel, his Brownie friend. No one thinks he can, no one thinks he will ever come back. Firedrake meets with an orphan boy (Ben) (of course, there has to be an orphan) and once they pick up the homunculus, the quartet is complete. Only, their journey isn't nearly as straightforward it seems and cowardly Twigleg isn't quite what he seems as well. Will they find the other Dragons? What if by finding them, the others become far more in danger than they ever were before? Be prepared for a whirlwind adventure out there full of magic, mystery and mayhem. Audiobook Comments Funke does such a great job of bringing together elements of a great story. What made this even better? Read by Brendan Fraser. The way he got into character - from the lisping Twigleg to the accented Brownie, I absolutely was riveted to this audiobook. (this man knows how to read a book) YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    $1.99 Kindle sale, June 4, 2018. This is a older middle grade/YA novel from Cornelia Funke, the talented author of the Inkheart series. It's a great epic adventure novel for younger readers. It's very different than Harry Potter, but I think it would appeal to the same types of readers. HERE BE DRAGONS! Even better: friendly dragons, that you can ride on. But the dragons are dying out as their habitat is taken over by humans. A younger dragon, Firedrake, is chosen to go on a quest to find the anc $1.99 Kindle sale, June 4, 2018. This is a older middle grade/YA novel from Cornelia Funke, the talented author of the Inkheart series. It's a great epic adventure novel for younger readers. It's very different than Harry Potter, but I think it would appeal to the same types of readers. HERE BE DRAGONS! Even better: friendly dragons, that you can ride on. But the dragons are dying out as their habitat is taken over by humans. A younger dragon, Firedrake, is chosen to go on a quest to find the ancient, mythical dragon home. He finds Ben, a lonely young boy, who joins him on their long journey. Lots of imaginative adventures ensue. It's a very heartwarming tale! My kids who love fantasy novels LOVED this book. I read it too, and found it very good reading for a YA fantasy/adventure. If you have kids (or nephews or nieces or grandkids or students) in the 7-14 age range who like fantasy, this is a great book that's not very well known.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Drachenreiter = Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider (original title: Drachenreiter) is a 1997 German children's novel by Cornelia Funke. Dragon Rider was published in 2004. Dragon Rider follows the exploits of a silver dragon named Firedrake, the Brownie Sorrel, and Ben, a human boy, in their search for the mythical part of the Himalayas mountain range called the Rim of Heaven to find a safe place for Firedrake's kin to live when the dragon finds out that humans intend to flood the valley w Drachenreiter = Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider (original title: Drachenreiter) is a 1997 German children's novel by Cornelia Funke. Dragon Rider was published in 2004. Dragon Rider follows the exploits of a silver dragon named Firedrake, the Brownie Sorrel, and Ben, a human boy, in their search for the mythical part of the Himalayas mountain range called the Rim of Heaven to find a safe place for Firedrake's kin to live when the dragon finds out that humans intend to flood the valley where he and his fellow dragons live. This book has 423 pages and is well-suited to readers aged nine to thirteen. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هجدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2007 میلادی عنوان: اژدهاسوار در دو جلد؛ نویسنده: کورنلیا فونکه؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهدویان؛ تهران، افق، 1385؛ شابک: 9643693163؛ چاپ دوم 1387؛ چاپ دیگر در یک مجلد؛ سوم 1392؛ در 635 ص؛ شابک: 9789643699475؛ عنوان: اژدهاسوار؛ نویسنده: کورنلیا فونکه (فانک)؛ مترجم: گلبرگ درویشیان؛ تهران، چشمه، 1388؛ شابک: 9789643626761؛ در 566 ص؛ قدرت تخیل نویسنده در «اژدهاسوار» همچون دیگر آثار فونکه نیست، اما دنیای فانتزی به آسانی مخاطب را در فضای داستان و جستجوی شخصیت­ها، برای یافتن مکان موعود قرار می­دهد و آنها را در ماجراهای مختلف درگیر می­کند. اژدها سوار داستانی طولانی است اما فصل­بندی­های کوتاه آن پر از بذله­ گویی و شوخی­هاست که مانع از خستگی خوانشگر می­شود. در جلد نخست این رمان، در پی خبر حمله ­ی آدم­ها به دره­ ی اژدها، «مرغ آتش» و دوست پریزادش «سورل» تصمیم می­گیرند به دنبال لبه­ ی بهشت بگردند، سرزمینی که می­دانند برای همیشه در آن صلح و آرامش برقرار است، اما ساکنان دره میکوشند آنها را از این سفر بی ­بازگشت منصرف کنند. آنها بر این عقیده هستند که چنین سرزمینی تنها یک رویاست، اما مرغ آتش قصد دارد تا در همان شب راه بیفتد. ... در مجلد دوم کتاب، «بن» و «لاغرمردنی» به دنبال «زوبیدا» معروف­ترین اژدهاشناس دنیا می­گردند. اما در کمال تعجب، در خانه «زوبیدا» با پروفسور و دخترش «جنیفر» روب­رو می­شوند. پروفسور از «بن» می­خواهد که هرچه زودتر «مرغ آتش» و «سورل» را نزد او بیاود، اما اتفاق نگران کننده­ ای می­افتد چون مرغ آتشین مزاج از خیلی چیزها خبر دارد و این اصلاً خوب نیست. ... ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tahera

    When all was still in the hall, and the only sound was the rustling of the monks' robes, Firedrake cleared his throat and began to tell the story--in the language of fabulous animals, the language that everyone can understand. As the moon set outside and the sun began its daily journey across the sky, he told the tale of his quest from the very beginning. His words filled the hall with pictures. He spoke of a clever white rat, enchanted ravens and mountain dwarves, sand-elves and Dubidai. As h When all was still in the hall, and the only sound was the rustling of the monks' robes, Firedrake cleared his throat and began to tell the story--in the language of fabulous animals, the language that everyone can understand. As the moon set outside and the sun began its daily journey across the sky, he told the tale of his quest from the very beginning. His words filled the hall with pictures. He spoke of a clever white rat, enchanted ravens and mountain dwarves, sand-elves and Dubidai. As he went on with his story, the basilisk fell to dust once more, the blue djinn opened his thousand eyes. The sea serpent swam through the waves, and the great roc bird snatched Ben away. Finally, as the sun outside was sinking in the sky, Nettlebrand climbed the dragons' mountain. His armour melted in blue dragon-fire, and a toad hopped out of his mouth. Reading this book reminded me of all the adventure stories and folk tales I enjoyed reading as a child, which were full of magical beings and adventures without the stress/ anxiety of anything acutely tragic happening. P.S.: I wouldn't mind having Sorrel the brownie as my spirit animal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    I was super pumped to be getting to this older MG/YA title, as it sounded like the exact sort of whimsical read I like to immerse myself in, over the festive period. It was just that. It did have its flaws for me, but I enjoyed the adventurous story-line and the humorous interaction between the characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eshusdaughter

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but like Ink Heart it just didn't catch me. Something about the way Funke writes puts a distance between me and the story that just makes it impossible for me become fully engaged. The classic fantasy archetype of friends on a quest, tons of magical creatures, etc is common and this text hardly adds anything new to the field. Funke writes with a wealth of detail that is occasionally distracting and over-done. Her characters feel 2D, lacking real depth and I tried very hard to get into this book, but like Ink Heart it just didn't catch me. Something about the way Funke writes puts a distance between me and the story that just makes it impossible for me become fully engaged. The classic fantasy archetype of friends on a quest, tons of magical creatures, etc is common and this text hardly adds anything new to the field. Funke writes with a wealth of detail that is occasionally distracting and over-done. Her characters feel 2D, lacking real depth and anything to set them apart. I made it over a third of the way through before finally setting this one aside. I just can't make myself finish the book because I really don't care about any of the characters or the ultimate outcome. There's no mystery to capture me, no question that doesn't have an obvious answer and outcome. Dragon Rider lacks any interesting twists or turns in the narrative as far as I can tell. I was listening to the Audiobook version of this text and the one good thing I can say is that Brendan Fraiser is an incredible narrator. His voice is well modulated and he is able to do a great variety of voices with obvious relish. He is the only redeeming factor I found in the book and likely the reason I stuck it out as long as I did.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Orey

    Oh okay this made way more sense when I figured out that the German version originally came out in 1997. If feels old in a good way. Magical middle grade from a pre-Harry Potter world. It's a very relaxed ride. There's a quest, an orphan boy, bratty magical creatures, cool magical creatures, evil magical creatures, and conflicted magical creatures. All of that feels like standard stuff today, but it's well-crafted and well-done overall here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    There is a crazy freedom to this plot that reminds me of the sweet weirdness of a Pixar film. It has everything from rats flying miniature biplanes to Scottish Brownies riding dragons, making this a madcap adventure. But it is also the sensitive coming-of-age story of a boy trying to find a family. Normally, I don’t like Cornelia Funke’s style of writing – it feels clumpy and awkward – but this book was so much smoother and had a more definite style, leading me to believe that this translator was There is a crazy freedom to this plot that reminds me of the sweet weirdness of a Pixar film. It has everything from rats flying miniature biplanes to Scottish Brownies riding dragons, making this a madcap adventure. But it is also the sensitive coming-of-age story of a boy trying to find a family. Normally, I don’t like Cornelia Funke’s style of writing – it feels clumpy and awkward – but this book was so much smoother and had a more definite style, leading me to believe that this translator was infinitely superior to Funke’s previous translators. This book took “quest” and fulfilled that word to its full capacity. It was one long, side-splitting adventure that kept spiraling into wilder and wilder territory. It’s heartfelt, magical, and utterly hilarious. I do have one caveat. I beg you, on my hands and knees, if you want to properly experience this story, LISTEN TO THE AUDIO BOOK. Brendan Fraser’s narration is PERFECTION. He even does the SOUND EFFECTS (his munching is particularly amusing) and it was like a wholehearted one-man radio show. There is a cozy, unstudied intimacy to his style – you’ll feel like you’re on a sofa in PJ’s in front of a crackling fire listening to your uncle read you a story. At least, that’s how I felt!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Dragon Rider is a good dragon book that doesn't delve too deeply into dragon lore, preferring to stand on it's own as more of an adventure tale involving dragons. The premise of the book is that the lair of a group of dragons is threatened and one of their own - Firedrake - is the only one willing and able to set out and explore the scary world to find a better place for his clan to live: a mysterious place called the Rim of Heaven. Like many such books when the protagonist steps beyond the shelt Dragon Rider is a good dragon book that doesn't delve too deeply into dragon lore, preferring to stand on it's own as more of an adventure tale involving dragons. The premise of the book is that the lair of a group of dragons is threatened and one of their own - Firedrake - is the only one willing and able to set out and explore the scary world to find a better place for his clan to live: a mysterious place called the Rim of Heaven. Like many such books when the protagonist steps beyond the sheltered confines of his/her character-incubator world, they quickly learn just how hard real life is. In Dragon Rider this trauma is embodied in Nettlebrand, a compelling although not completely fleshed out mechanic dragon. The cast of characters includes a young orphan named Ben, who becomes the namesake dragon rider, a homunculus named Twigleg that borders on Jar Jar Binks annoyingness, and a professor of fabulous beings, interested in Firedrake for obvious reasons. This book is a fun read as long as you don't take it too seriously and the 400+ pages fly by as you get engrossed in the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This book is very well written is one of my favorite books written Cornelia Funke. My favorite thing about this book is that it actually feels like you are in the story and one of the many companions.This book is about a dragon and a brownie (a lager squirle like creature) who set out to find a place where the other dragons can hide. This book rises and falls so many times you can't even tell where the rising and the falling actionis. Also, my favorite thing about this book is that it is about d This book is very well written is one of my favorite books written Cornelia Funke. My favorite thing about this book is that it actually feels like you are in the story and one of the many companions.This book is about a dragon and a brownie (a lager squirle like creature) who set out to find a place where the other dragons can hide. This book rises and falls so many times you can't even tell where the rising and the falling actionis. Also, my favorite thing about this book is that it is about dragons. Day finished December 4,2007

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scott Forbes

    I think it's important to note that I listened to the audio version of this book because it is, without a doubt, the reason I disliked it so much. Funke's story seems pretty good, and if I had read it, I imagine it would have been closer to 3 or 4 stars. However, it must be said that the narrator Brendon Fraser is, unequivocally, the worst narrator I have ever heard in the 150+ audio books I have listened to over the last few years. Here are just a few examples of why he is so bad: 1. He smacks h I think it's important to note that I listened to the audio version of this book because it is, without a doubt, the reason I disliked it so much. Funke's story seems pretty good, and if I had read it, I imagine it would have been closer to 3 or 4 stars. However, it must be said that the narrator Brendon Fraser is, unequivocally, the worst narrator I have ever heard in the 150+ audio books I have listened to over the last few years. Here are just a few examples of why he is so bad: 1. He smacks his lips and chews loudly when characters are eating. 2. He coughs, moans, grunts, squeals, etc. even when the text does not imply these things are happening. 3. When the text does note coughing, etc. he exaggerates them needlessly and tediously. 4. Every piece of dialogue is overacted and extravagant for no reason. My guess is that Fraser doesn't actually enjoy reading, and so he feels the need to "spice up" the book in order to make it entertaining. Maybe others who don't often read would enjoy this type of narration, but it was endlessly frustrating and nearly impossible to get through in spite of an interesting plot. If you are interested in this book, please don't listen to the audio version.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Firedrake is a dragon with silvery scales that glint in the moonlight. Sorrel is a brownie with sulfur-yellow fur who loves to eat mushrooms. Ben is an orphan boy with a kind heart. Together they embark on a high-stakes adventure around the world. Dragon Rider is a charming tale that's sure to stir the imagination of young minds. On a technical note: There's an awful lot of coincidences in this book, as well as several other dated approaches to storytelling (forgivable, since the book was first Firedrake is a dragon with silvery scales that glint in the moonlight. Sorrel is a brownie with sulfur-yellow fur who loves to eat mushrooms. Ben is an orphan boy with a kind heart. Together they embark on a high-stakes adventure around the world. Dragon Rider is a charming tale that's sure to stir the imagination of young minds. On a technical note: There's an awful lot of coincidences in this book, as well as several other dated approaches to storytelling (forgivable, since the book was first published in 1997, but still worth mentioning). Dialogue suffers from an excessive use of exclamation points. It's a story! About dragons! And humans! With exclamation points! All over the place! So many! Exclamations! Also, exposition is given in dialogue between characters who are stating facts the other character already knows. "I wanted to find out why my scales have been itching ever since sunset, in a way they haven't itched for more than a hundred years. I expect you know the rule: One fabulous creature attracts another, correct?" Finally, there's prophesy of a chosen one: (view spoiler)["the dragon rider will return in the shape of a boy with skin as pale as the full moon." It's unfortunate the prophecy is so exclusive. It feels like it's saying girls and non-white children need not apply for this adventure as they cannot possibly be the chosen one. (hide spoiler)] There's no reason to let the technicalities stand in the way of picking up this book. It's a thoroughly enjoyable tale bursting with fantasy creatures and likable characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This was a middle grade book that featured talking dragons and other assorted mythical creatures. Of course there was a heroic but somewhat basic and kind boy (orphan) hero to compliment the story. I really enjoyed this book. The plot was simple: go on a quest to find a hidden land of dragons. What really made this book special was the element of friendship that is very present throughout the whole story. It was at times a bit cliche but not really in a bad way, if you know what I mean. It's pre This was a middle grade book that featured talking dragons and other assorted mythical creatures. Of course there was a heroic but somewhat basic and kind boy (orphan) hero to compliment the story. I really enjoyed this book. The plot was simple: go on a quest to find a hidden land of dragons. What really made this book special was the element of friendship that is very present throughout the whole story. It was at times a bit cliche but not really in a bad way, if you know what I mean. It's predictable but in a comfortable way - like when you go home to relax and put on your favorite movie that you've already seen 50 times. You already know what's going to happen but you don't care. It doesn't take away from the enjoyment one bit. I feel like I would have adored this story as a kid, and so my inner child is satisfied. When it was over, I wanted it to be real. I wanted to fly with dragons too. If you're a fan of middle grade fantasy, I think that you would really enjoy this story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bea

    Very sweet book. I'm a sucker for stories about dragons and little creatures. My favorite characters Sorrel the brownie and Lola Greytail, the spunky rat who had her own little plane. Okay, I love Twigleg the homunculus, too. Just too darn cute! If you want to read this, LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK! Brendan Fraser does the narration. His voices for the characters are THE. BEST. He does all different accents and sound effects; the characters just come alive off the page. It was probably one of the bes Very sweet book. I'm a sucker for stories about dragons and little creatures. My favorite characters Sorrel the brownie and Lola Greytail, the spunky rat who had her own little plane. Okay, I love Twigleg the homunculus, too. Just too darn cute! If you want to read this, LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK! Brendan Fraser does the narration. His voices for the characters are THE. BEST. He does all different accents and sound effects; the characters just come alive off the page. It was probably one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I gave this three stars, because I personally wanted to give it two, but I think it probably deserves four. I know that for other people, especially the audience it's actually intended for (children/YA), it would be a great book, and they'd love it. I didn't really get into the book, and it's not the author's fault at all. It was just too easy a book for me to really enjoy. The bad guy was really bad, the good guys were really good, and even the character who switched sides made all the right de I gave this three stars, because I personally wanted to give it two, but I think it probably deserves four. I know that for other people, especially the audience it's actually intended for (children/YA), it would be a great book, and they'd love it. I didn't really get into the book, and it's not the author's fault at all. It was just too easy a book for me to really enjoy. The bad guy was really bad, the good guys were really good, and even the character who switched sides made all the right decisions when the time came, and no one seriously held his past evils against him. It's not that the characters were flat--well, maybe some of the secondary characters were--it was just that it wasn't what I was looking for. One of the problems was that I read books (and watch tv and movies) for the characters. Their emotions. The ways they interact with each other. I found a lack of emotional intensity between the characters in this book. It was evident that the characters had emotions toward each other, but even when one of them was in a dangerous situation, there was no urgency, no heart-pounding terror, from the other characters. So, anyway, it's a fantasy novel about a dragon, his magical-creature companions, and a boy, who are searching for the "Rim of Heaven" in hopes that other dragons will be living there (because the, uh, herd? of dragons that Firedrake currently lives with are about to be washed out by humans who want to flood their valley), safely under the radar of humans. Not for me, but I would recommend it for children/YA.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julia Winknler

    I like this book because I like Cornelia funke and because I like fantasie.I think ths book is btter in german tan in english because that is the way it is original in and because tere are better adjectives in the german version.Although I like this book (and if i could speak any language than i would read it in any language) This book is about a little boy called ben that has now parents but is found y an dragon who is on the way to the >>der Saum des Himmels

  17. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    I didn’t realize that this is written by a German author and was translated into English. So, cool. The story is a journey/quest involving a few humans and a few magical creatures. It’s very simple and straightforward. The characters are often immature and bicker in a way that young kids love, though adults may find it annoying. The story is perfect for ages 8-10. As an adult I was a bit bored. It’s also way too long for most 8-year-olds at over 500 pages. Brendan Fraser is a remarkable narrator; I didn’t realize that this is written by a German author and was translated into English. So, cool. The story is a journey/quest involving a few humans and a few magical creatures. It’s very simple and straightforward. The characters are often immature and bicker in a way that young kids love, though adults may find it annoying. The story is perfect for ages 8-10. As an adult I was a bit bored. It’s also way too long for most 8-year-olds at over 500 pages. Brendan Fraser is a remarkable narrator; he does a whole range of completely different voices amazingly. He sounds like he’s reading a bedtime story. He includes the whole range of sounds (giggling, sneezing, chewing, etc.), which may put off some listeners.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I read this ages ago and loved it, and then recently listened to it with my kids. The narration is by Brendan Fraser and is awesome! I don't know if Cornelia Funke picked him to be Inkheart before or after he had narrated this book, but I can see why she did. He's amazing. Oh yeah, the story is good too. :) It's a nice journey, with fun characters and a bit of mystery and suspense. Great for kids in the 6-8 range, whereas the Inkheart books are really for a slightly older crowd.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mj

    This book is hysterical! If you are going to read it, get it on CD narrated by Brenden Fraser (I think that's how you spell his name). He does all the noises and sound effects and I guarentee you will have at least a few good laughs. If you don't... well... then you don't.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was so fun to reread. I think maybe I only reread this book when I first read it (like I read it back to back the first time) but I didn't really read it since then. It was so wonderful to revisit this world as an adult, especially now when we live in a time where I've been going through some personal stuff with regards to some other childhood faves. It was so nice to revisit this world and I was actually surprised by how much of this story I remembered and how much I forgot so even though This was so fun to reread. I think maybe I only reread this book when I first read it (like I read it back to back the first time) but I didn't really read it since then. It was so wonderful to revisit this world as an adult, especially now when we live in a time where I've been going through some personal stuff with regards to some other childhood faves. It was so nice to revisit this world and I was actually surprised by how much of this story I remembered and how much I forgot so even though I knew how it was going to end at the same time I had no idea how we were doing to get there so it was so interesting to read this. Original review: This was one of my favorite books growing up - I read it at a very difficult time in my life and its one of those books that made everything better (by making me forget about everything). It has dragons and talking animals and is just awesome. I remember it being an all round excellent book - I hope to re-read it soon (and might update my rating after that re-read :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maninee

    amazing, funny, mysterious, suspence-filled- in short, everything that a good book should be. i stayed up all night to read this book. a real page turner.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    This is always such a lovely read - and Anthea Bell's translations are sublime.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Not a bad young adult fantasy, a little dull at times but overall still a really good story full of wit and imagination.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cendaquenta

    I'd say it's 3 stars now that I reread it as an adult - I'm leaving the 4 stars on behalf of child-Cenda, though. It is undoubtedly charming but perhaps one that was better left in childhood.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neha Singh

    3.75 Stars! Dragon Rider is a good children fantasy book, especially for a bedtime story.We gets to see Firedrake, a silver dragon, going on an impossible journey to find a safe haven for Dragons called ' Rim of Heaven', - a place which nobody is sure even exists. But Firedrake is brave enough to take that impossible task and cross half the world to search for this place . Rest is about his journey of reaching there with a brownie and human boy as a companion. They find many friends and enemies i 3.75 Stars! Dragon Rider is a good children fantasy book, especially for a bedtime story.We gets to see Firedrake, a silver dragon, going on an impossible journey to find a safe haven for Dragons called ' Rim of Heaven', - a place which nobody is sure even exists. But Firedrake is brave enough to take that impossible task and cross half the world to search for this place . Rest is about his journey of reaching there with a brownie and human boy as a companion. They find many friends and enemies in between their journey, it was nice to experience. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I have read it in my childhood, still it was a good one time read for me!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Banuelos

    Dragon Rider was an out of this world read. Despite the fact that it was meant for a younger crowd, I enjoyed every minute. This 523 paged story takes you on a classical adventure in which contain mythical creatures such as Dragons, dwarves, elves, and sea-serpents, and many more. Cornelia Funke puts the reader into the story and tells it on the back of a dragon named Firedrake with passengers named Ben, and Sorrel, and Twigleg. These heroes must help Firedrake find a new place for him and the r Dragon Rider was an out of this world read. Despite the fact that it was meant for a younger crowd, I enjoyed every minute. This 523 paged story takes you on a classical adventure in which contain mythical creatures such as Dragons, dwarves, elves, and sea-serpents, and many more. Cornelia Funke puts the reader into the story and tells it on the back of a dragon named Firedrake with passengers named Ben, and Sorrel, and Twigleg. These heroes must help Firedrake find a new place for him and the rest of the dragons in the valley before the humans destroy the valley, in which they call home. However, the group must travel a long journey, and overcome many obstacles in order to reach ''The Rim of Heaven'', home of the Dragons. The antagonist, Nettlebrand, known as the golden one, is the only thing that stands in their way of achieving their goal. This story reminds me of a childhood movie called, '' The Never ending Story'', and is just a good old fashioned story-telling, that brings together a cast of elves,brownies,a thousand eyed djinn, a professor,and a basilisk, and many more. Funke's message to the reader is that good always overpowers evil. I would recommend this book not only to kids but anyone who wants to enjoy an easy-flowing story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    I actually really liked Twigleg. Sorrel was funny. Cheesecake was a typical main character, but still good. Ben was normal. All in all, I loved this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jaemi

    Human beings, fabulous creatures, myth and fairy tale, reality, legends coming true---this is what you get when you take a dragon in search of a new, yet ancient, home and boy who never had home or family, pair them up with a forest brownie and send then in search of the Rim of Heaven. I have to say, for all the fantasy I've read, I ran across some creatures here that I didn't recall having heard of. And each facbulous creature is fascinating in its own right, each with their own quirks and stori Human beings, fabulous creatures, myth and fairy tale, reality, legends coming true---this is what you get when you take a dragon in search of a new, yet ancient, home and boy who never had home or family, pair them up with a forest brownie and send then in search of the Rim of Heaven. I have to say, for all the fantasy I've read, I ran across some creatures here that I didn't recall having heard of. And each facbulous creature is fascinating in its own right, each with their own quirks and stories. The basilisk (very unlike Harry Potter's), mountain dwarves, a homunculus....yes, there's no short of fabulous creatures in this story. Especially since they attract one another, and the quest for the Rim of Heaven requires a journey half way around the world. With a map bought from a rat, they set out from a city, meeting a Professor who knows more about fabulous creatures than any of them along the way. Obtacles are not in short measure, including finding they're being spied on, nearly crashing in the ocean when an eclipse blocks out the moon, landing on a sea serpent and getting a ride, and being chased by the most fearsome and deadly fabulous creature of all. Just when all hope is seeming lost, the travling trio happen upon none other than the niece of the rat who made their map. And with her help, they find their way. From there on out it's all suspense, excitement, and hope. The only aspect of this book I didn't like is that it's clunky to hold, but it wasn't enough to deter me from sticking with the story, which was definitely worth it. If you decide to give it a shot and like it, or have read it and like it, give Inkheart a try, if you haven't. Also a Cornelia Funke tale worth the reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The dragons are about to be displaced by humans and they must find a new home. The new home is, in fact, their old home, The Rim of Heaven, but it’s so long ago in memory that only the oldest of the dragons has heard of it, and he doesn’t know where it is (all he can say is that it's 'east'). Fireheart, another dragon, undertakes a quest to find it with the help of his brownie and human friends. Trouble finds them every time they land. At one point they attract the attention of Nettlebrand, the The dragons are about to be displaced by humans and they must find a new home. The new home is, in fact, their old home, The Rim of Heaven, but it’s so long ago in memory that only the oldest of the dragons has heard of it, and he doesn’t know where it is (all he can say is that it's 'east'). Fireheart, another dragon, undertakes a quest to find it with the help of his brownie and human friends. Trouble finds them every time they land. At one point they attract the attention of Nettlebrand, the golden one (a dragon-look-alike made by an alchemist to hunt and kill real dragons). Nettlebrand's spies keep him apprised of Fireheart's movements. But in their final confrontation, one of these spies defects and is instrumental in Nettlebrand's defeat. They eventually find the Rim of Heaven and everything is resolved according to a long ago prophecy. I keep trying things by Cornelia Funke, because her books have been popular with the kids (who keep asking for them), but I haven’t found anything that I really like. The Dragon Rider was more enjoyable than The Thief Lord or Inkheart, but it still lacked some polish. There's some waffling over whether Fireheart or Ben is the most important character before Funke goes with the human boy (the proverbial dragon rider), and it's just really disappointing to see the dragons get short shrift. Dragons should be awesome and they just fail to impress in this story. A story like this should enchant, and it doesn’t quite make good on its promise. It’s ok, but there are better things out there. *Note: My rabbit ate this book. Literally. I had to pay to replace it. So...possibly popular with rabbits, though probably more for the roughage than the content.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    What a tale of fun and adventure! I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the story (mostly--once in a rare while I was wondering "is this part necessary?"). I find Funke's creations to be quite interesting. What an imagination she has. But I think what I enjoyed most was the narration. I was intrigued to hear how Brenden Fraser would narrate a book. Sometimes celebrities aren't the greatest choices for narrators. But he was awesome!! I should have remembered from all of the films I've seen him in th What a tale of fun and adventure! I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the story (mostly--once in a rare while I was wondering "is this part necessary?"). I find Funke's creations to be quite interesting. What an imagination she has. But I think what I enjoyed most was the narration. I was intrigued to hear how Brenden Fraser would narrate a book. Sometimes celebrities aren't the greatest choices for narrators. But he was awesome!! I should have remembered from all of the films I've seen him in that he is an actor who gives his all. And I'm so glad he did in this book. It was such a fun, hilarious, enjoyable, and exciting listen. There were times I couldn't believe he had just done what he did in the narration. And even if occasionally it shocked me, impressed me, or even slightly annoyed me, I still loved it. I loved the voices and accents he did. His sound effects made me smile. He had so much energy and enthusiasm as he performed the book. I'm sure he is at the least half the reason why I enjoyed this book. I'm not sure how I would have done with a print copy. Occasional parts might have dragged for me. But in no way do they drag with this narrator. So if I recommend this book, it will be just like the Artemis Fowl series: it MUST be audio with THIS narrator! P.S. Classification - we have this in children's. I'd say it works in YA, too.

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