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How To Be A Pirate is the second in the dragon series by Cressida Cowell and was published in 2004. 

Hodder Children's Books in the UK released the audio version, narrated by David Tennant, on July 15, 2004.

Hachette Children's Books in the US released the audiobook on April 22, 2010.

The runtime is 2 hours 54 minutes over 4 CD's.

Synopsis: "What happens when someone says 'Do Not Open This Box'? Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, now in pirate training, finds out when the box is opened not once, not twice, but three times!"


The Times - July 10, 2004 - Christina Hardyment

"Children will enjoy giggling at David Tennant 's rumbustious reading of How to be a Pirate"

The Times - July 16, 2005 - Christina Hardyment

"The fact that Cressida Cowell 's How to Be a Pirate  is read by David Tennant, the next Doctor Who, is reason enough for recommending it, but the latest instalment of the adventures of the juvenile Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is also hilarious in its own right.

Jauntily framed in music, it offers a rich dose of Tennant's North British vowels, plus a touch of Cockney for tiny Toothless, Hiccup's unreliable dragon ally."

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