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With lonely Ben aboard, brave dragon Firedrake seeks mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace. Over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they meet fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage - and cross a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons and bring them the true meaning of home.


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With lonely Ben aboard, brave dragon Firedrake seeks mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace. Over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they meet fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage - and cross a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons and bring them the true meaning of home.

30 review for Dragon Rider

  1. 3 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)

  2. 5 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. 5 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. 3 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 3 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Siv30

    ספר הרפתקאות כייפי וקולח. לפני אלפי שנים עזבו הדרקונים את עמק פאתיי שמיים וברחו. לא ברור היכן הם שוכנים עתה אבל הם נעלמו. היתה להם סיבה טובה מאוד, דרקון אכזרי בשם שריפת סירפדים, שנוצר ע"י אלכימאי, רדף אותם והפך את העמק השקט והנעים שלהם לבית רעוע. עתה, אלפי שנים אחרי, האנשים מגיעים לעמק הדרקונים ולונג יוצא לחפש את פאתיי שמיים שהדרך אליה אבדה ברבות השנים. אליו מצטרפים שדונית עצבנית בשם פרוות גופרית, נער יתום בשם בן ואיש קטן דמוי אדם בשם רגל זבוב, שהיה משרתו של שריפת סירפדים והצליח לברוח ממנו לאחר ספר הרפתקאות כייפי וקולח. לפני אלפי שנים עזבו הדרקונים את עמק פאתיי שמיים וברחו. לא ברור היכן הם שוכנים עתה אבל הם נעלמו. היתה להם סיבה טובה מאוד, דרקון אכזרי בשם שריפת סירפדים, שנוצר ע"י אלכימאי, רדף אותם והפך את העמק השקט והנעים שלהם לבית רעוע. עתה, אלפי שנים אחרי, האנשים מגיעים לעמק הדרקונים ולונג יוצא לחפש את פאתיי שמיים שהדרך אליה אבדה ברבות השנים. אליו מצטרפים שדונית עצבנית בשם פרוות גופרית, נער יתום בשם בן ואיש קטן דמוי אדם בשם רגל זבוב, שהיה משרתו של שריפת סירפדים והצליח לברוח ממנו לאחר 300 שנות ציחצוח קשקשים. בדרך לפאתיי שמים היצורים עוברים הרפתקאות מסקרנות ומתמודדים עם קשיים, במיוחד הקושי של הדרקון לעוף כשאין אור ירח. נסיונותיו של שריפת סירפדים לתפוס אותם ולהגיע לפאתיי שמים משעשעים ומגוחכים והמכות שהוא סופג מהחבורה, במיוחד מהחולדה לולה שמצטרפת אליהם בשליש האחרון של המסע, גרמו לי כל פעם לחשוב, הולה!! מעבר לעניין של הדרקונים שעפים והיצורים האגדתיים אין בו הרבה פנטזיה, אין בו קסמים והאמת שאין בו הרבה תוכן לדמויות השונות. בכל מקרה גם יש פער בין ההבטחה שבשם הספר למה שקורה בפועל. מעבר לעובדה שבן רוכב על הדרקון ויש לו איזה חלק בהגעה לפאתי שמיים בקריאת המפה ולפעמים בהרגעת המצב, אין הסבר אמיתי מה המשמעות של רוכב הדרקונים ולמה הוא כל כך חשוב בסיפור. בספר יש בעיקר מסע, חברות אמיצה והתגברות על קשיים.

  12. 3 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<<.That is the only place 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<<.That is the only place where no humans will come and where the big,enourmas golden dragen can;t come and eat them.He follows the dragon and ben with the brownie allong ecetly)and than once they are sleeping,he wants tocome and gobble them up.While they are on their way,ben and his companens meet a profesor,who forshes Dragons ad other fantasie animals.He saves the dragon from a Basilisk and than he sees that this is a dragon that he alwayes wanted to iscover.He helpes them and ben hastime to be with someone of his kind,the profsor has a wife nd a doughter wich will be at the end the sister of Ben .but noone knows i the beginning.Ben likes Guinever allot,and he likes to be ith a human.When the go on they ,have to fly at night where no human sole can see them.Thegolden dragn is still on their way and he even gets into the place where all the dragons are.Lung and ben get into the secret cave and see many little hills,and between that,a beautiful Dragonlady.I belife that Lung loves maja!Maja tells them that all the other dragons got to stone because they did not fly in the moonlight anymore because they were scared that the golden dragon will get them!

  13. 3 out of 5

    Rachel

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    My Video Review: https://youtu.be/M-ThaE6ZqgI

  15. 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.

  16. 5 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lese lust

    Ich habe den Jungs vor der langen Autofahrt E-Book + Hörbuch gekauft. ... beste Investition!!! 10 Stunden Autofahrt ohne Beschwerden, sie saßen nur hinten mit ihren Kopfhörer und es herrschte himmlische Ruhe. .. Da musste ich dann auch herausfinden, was es damit auf sich hat - gute, spannende Geschichte, liebevoll erzählt, nicht so aufregend, dass sie nicht mehr schlafen können, aber so, dass sie gar nicht mehr damit aufhören konnten. und wie gesagt: durchaus auch nett zu lesen für Erwachsene

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arielle Walker

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

  19. 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.

  20. 4 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Amina

    First of all, this is a children book, and I mean it, so when reading it, you can't let the adult you judge it. I was about to give it 3 stars but this man, added the forth! This is the story of firedrake, a dragon who decides to go on a quest, finding the Rim of heaven, a mythical place, where he and his clan can live without humans threatning them. Along the way, Firedrake and his brownie companion "Sorrel" will meet "Ben", a runaway orphan, "Twigleg", a humunculus, a super excited magical creatu First of all, this is a children book, and I mean it, so when reading it, you can't let the adult you judge it. I was about to give it 3 stars but this man, added the forth! This is the story of firedrake, a dragon who decides to go on a quest, finding the Rim of heaven, a mythical place, where he and his clan can live without humans threatning them. Along the way, Firedrake and his brownie companion "Sorrel" will meet "Ben", a runaway orphan, "Twigleg", a humunculus, a super excited magical creatures professor and his family. The little happy band starts off on a long journey, but, obviously, it won't be easy, Nettlebrand, known as the golden one and his spies are a huge obstacle on their way. Through out this journey, our friends will encounter allies and ennemies and as you listen to the story you get more and more engrossed, hating some characters, especially Gravel beard, loving some and being indifferent to others. All in all, this was really enjoyable and the narrator did an amazing job!

  23. 3 out of 5

    Yasamin Seifaee

    واقعا واقعا میگم عاشق این کتاب شدم! و واقعا پنج تا ستاره حقشه! شاید اگه در مقایسه با کتابای دیگه 4 تا ستاره بگیره ولی من کتابو با خودش مقایسه میکنم. واقعا الان فکر میکنم که در طول این سفر، همراه مرغ آتش، سورل، بن و بقیه بودم. و از اونجایی که من ترجمه رو خوندم باید بگم ترجمه واقعا عالی بود. واقعا عالی. دست آقای مهرداد مهدویان درد نکنه! تنها چیزی که برام عجیب بود این بود که چطوری آدما حرفای این موجودات افسانه ای رو میفهمیدن؟!

  24. 3 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nu-Jahat-Jabin

    হযারি পটার ছাড়া যে ফযানটাসি বই আমি কয়েকশ বার পড়েছি সেটা হল ডরাগন রাইডার। আমি বইটা যখন কিনি তখন করনেলিয়া ফুংকে নামটা বাপের জনমে ও শুনি নি। কিনতু কভারের ডরাগনটারে দেখে এই বই না কিনে পারি নি। মানুষেরা ভাবে মিথলজিকযাল পরানী বলতে কিছুই নাই - আরে পুরা ভুল ধারনা। মিথলজিকযাল পরানীরা কি এতই বোকা মানুষের সামনে আসবে। সমসযা একটাই মানুষের দিন দিন আগরাসনে ডরাগন সহ অনয মিথলজিকযাল পরানীদের থাকার জায়গা আসতে আসতে কমে আসছে। মহা বিপদে আছে ডরাগনরা। একদিকে মানুষ অনযদিকে ডরাগন খেকো দযা গোলডেন ওয়ান। এই ২দলের হাত থেকে ব হ্যারি পটার ছাড়া যে ফ্যান্টাসি বই আমি কয়েকশ বার পড়েছি সেটা হল ড্রাগন রাইডার। আমি বইটা যখন কিনি তখন কর্নেলিয়া ফুংকে নামটা বাপের জন্মে ও শুনি নি। কিন্তু কভারের ড্রাগনটারে দেখে এই বই না কিনে পারি নি। মানুষেরা ভাবে মিথলজিক্যাল প্রানী বলতে কিছুই নাই - আরে পুরা ভুল ধারনা। মিথলজিক্যাল প্রানীরা কি এতই বোকা মানুষের সামনে আসবে। সমস্যা একটাই মানুষের দিন দিন আগ্রাসনে ড্রাগন সহ অন্য মিথলজিক্যাল প্রানীদের থাকার জায়গা আস্তে আস্তে কমে আসছে। মহা বিপদে আছে ড্রাগনরা। একদিকে মানুষ অন্যদিকে ড্রাগন খেকো দ্যা গোল্ডেন ওয়ান। এই ২দলের হাত থেকে বাঁচতে তাদের খুজে বের করতে হবে "রিম অফ হ্যাভেন " কিন্তু মানুষের কাছে ড্রামন যেমন কল্পিত ড্রাগনদের কাছে রিম অফ হ্যাভেন ও তাই। কেউ জানে না আসলেই এই জায়গা আছে কিনা। এক তরুন ড্রাগন ফায়ারড্রোক সবার আশা ভরসা এই জায়গা খুঁজতে বের হয়ে পড়ে। এই এডভেঞ্চারে যোগ দেয় মানব সন্তান বেন, ব্রাউনি সোরেল, টুইলেগ। এই খোঁজাখুঁজিতে আছে পদে পদে বিপদ। মানুষের সামনে পড়া যাবে না। অন্য কোন মিথলজিক্যাল প্রানীদের আশেপাশে যাওয়াও বিপদ কে যে উপকার করবে আর কে যে অপকার তা কেউ জানে না। সব কিছুর উপরে দ্যা গোল্ডেন ওয়ান ন্যাটালব্রান্ড তো আছেই সুযোগের অপেক্ষায়। আবার এই দলের সাথে আছে এক বিশ্বাসঘাতক। মারাত্মক এক এডভেঞ্চার ।এই এডভেঞ্চারে আছে পদে পদে বিপদ, এই এডভেঞ্চারে অনেকেই যেমন বেন আর ফায়ারড্রেকের দিকে সাহায্যের হাত বাড়িয়ে দেয় তেমন অনেকেই (আসল শব্দটা অনেককিছু!) ঝামেলাও পাকায়। আর মিথলজিক্যাল ক্যারেকটার বলতে ঠিক কে নাই এই বইতে।হ্যারি পটারের সেই ভয়াল বাসিলিস্ক , ব্রাউনী, কথা বলা ইদুর, মাথ খারাপ ইদুর লোলা আর তার প্লেন, পাহাড়ী ট্রল, জীন। নাহ অনেকেই আছে এই যাত্রাপথে। ভিতরের ইলাস্ট্রেশন গুলাও সুন্দর। এত বকবকের মোট কথা হল আমি বইটারে বেশি ভাল পাই

  26. 3 out of 5

    Raine Rucker

    The story is wonderful. It's about a young dragon who sets out to find a new home for his people, because humans are trying to tear up the valley they live in. But he's not looking for just any place -- he's looking for the mythical Rim of Heaven, which so many say doesn't exist. The book is absolutely hilarious. My family was probably wondering why I kept bursting out laughing seemingly at nothing, since they couldn't hear what I was listening to on my iPod. It also looks at the issue of racism The story is wonderful. It's about a young dragon who sets out to find a new home for his people, because humans are trying to tear up the valley they live in. But he's not looking for just any place -- he's looking for the mythical Rim of Heaven, which so many say doesn't exist. The book is absolutely hilarious. My family was probably wondering why I kept bursting out laughing seemingly at nothing, since they couldn't hear what I was listening to on my iPod. It also looks at the issue of racism (such as not all humans are bad even though it's humans who are causing the dragons to need a new home) without making it seem out of place in a funny book. Oh, and I'm also now a fan of Brendan Fraser. Fraser has so many different voices for the characters in his book, and each one is fantastic. He even does sound effects, which are really really neat. I look forward to listening to more audio books he narrates in the future. This is really, really, cool. :D

  27. 3 out of 5

    Nessa

    It sucks like Nabeel's face.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Yvensong

    What a wonderful way to "read" this novel! Brendan Fraser is a reader with entertaining voices for each of the characters which really helped with following along on this fun adventure.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Laura5

    The listening library version of this is amazing! Brendan Fraser is the reader, and I never would have guessed that he could be as engaging with character voices as he was.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grumpy72

    Awesome read... though I've heard the audio version with Brendan Frasier is well worth the price! My 9 yr old and 4 yr old both kept asking for more. Totally loved this book!

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