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Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  63,419 Ratings  ·  2,004 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 527 pages
Published June 4th 2005 by Chicken House (first published February 1st 1997)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I think I would've enjoyed this when I was 12? But now? It didn't do anything for me AT ALL. I wanted to read it because a) I love Inkheart and b) I love dragons. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?! (Everything, apparently.)

Here's what didn't work for me:

+ There are many talking animals...and I'm just not such a big fan of talking animals! SORRY. (But, like I said, this is adult-reader-me speaking, whereas when I was a kid I probably wouldn't have minded.) I had trouble enough with Gregor the Overlander and t
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
Feb 12, 2008 Christopher rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2007 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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 ...more
Scott Forbes
Dec 17, 2011 Scott Forbes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library-books
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
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
May 31, 2007 Bethany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young people
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 ...more
Julia Winknler
Sep 09, 2007 Julia Winknler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
اژدهاسوار در دو جلد
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 بذلهگویی و شوخیهاست که مانع از خستگی خواننده میشود
در جلد اول این رمان، در پی خبر حملهی آدمها به درهی اژدها، «مرغ آتش» و دوست پریزادش «سورل» تصمیم میگیرند به دنبال لبهی بهشت بگردند، سرزمینی که میدانند برای همیشه در آن ص
Feb 07, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lese lust
Jul 28, 2016 Lese lust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
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
Jan 17, 2008 Mj rated it it was amazing
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.
Arielle Walker
This is always such a lovely read - and Anthea Bell's translations are sublime.
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it
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
Raymond Banuelos
Dec 11, 2012 Raymond Banuelos rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Yvensong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvensong by: Darlene
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.
Jan 24, 2009 Nessa rated it did not like it
It sucks like Nabeel's face.
Mar 07, 2009 Malaika rated it really liked it
the book is fabulous.
i really enjoyed readin it
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Ben Whitehurst
Mar 03, 2012 Ben Whitehurst rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(I only read this book in class because I have 25 minutes of sitting in a class everyday, and this was on the bookshelf)
Cornelia Funke has written a book that I wish was able to be given negative stars. The entire plot and characters just seemed detached. It all just seemed 'unrealistic.' Not in the matter that I think "DRAGONS!! That is preposterous! None of these creatures are real!!" It is unrealistic in the reactions of the characters. Ben, the human they meet, shows no fear at all when Fi
Jul 18, 2014 Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2009 Mery rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Ceritanya lumayan bagus, Naga yang mencari tempat aman bagi kaumnya...Karena mereka terusik oleh manusia....
Ditemani Goblin bawel yang selalu ngegerutu dan Ben si anak manusia, juga Kakiranting si manusia kecil jadi2an ^^

Lung, sang Naga harus mencari tempat aman untuk kaum Naga, konon katanya para Naga bersembunyi di sebuah tempat bernama Kaki Langit. Dengan bantuan profesor cerdas dan baik hati, Lung dkk berhasil mencapai Kaki Langit. Namun menuju Kaki Langit sendiri banyak juga halangannya, Lu
Raine Rucker
Jun 10, 2010 Raine Rucker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragon-books
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
Mar 31, 2008 Luann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students who want an easy, yet longer fantasy story.
It took me forever to finish this book! I thought some of the ideas were very clever, but I never had that "ooh, I like this so much that I must finish this book now" feeling. In fact, I started and finished many other books while still in the middle of this one. On the other hand, many of the students in my school have enjoyed this book a lot. I recommend it to students who are not quite ready for fantasy stories at higher reading levels like Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl, but still want to read ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Yasamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian
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؟!
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
The first book I read by Cornelia Funke! :D! Loved the journeys and I wish dragons, and brownies were real. I wish they were among us. The adventure was awesome!
Elise Christensen
May 01, 2010 Elise Christensen is currently reading it
I am currently listening to this book. The reader, Brendan Fraser, is AWESOME
Tezar Yulianto
Ceritanya tidak semenantang Pangeran Pencuri. Mungkin bintangnya bisa lebih baik kalau saya membaca pas umur lebih muda lagi (sekarang pun masih muda).

4,5 ☆

Von all den Cornelia Funke Büchern, die ich bisher gelesen habe, gefiel mir "Drachenreiter" mit Abstand am Besten.

Es richtet sich an ein recht junges Publikum, dementsprechend ist die Handlung eher gradlinig und relativ einfach gestrickt. Das hat den Lesespass aber nicht wirklich getrübt.

Ich fand die Abenteuer von Ben, dem Drachen Lung, dem miesepetrigen Kobold Schwefelfell und dem Humunkulus Fliegenbein einfach durchweg charmant, unterhaltsam und spannend geschrieben.

Funkes Illustrationen
I bought this delightful story way back in 2004 when it was first published in the UK (translation by Anthea Bell). I had actually put off reading it because others had read it and said that it wasn't as good as The Thief Lord. Thus the danger of rating or allowing people's personal opinions to mar your own since I loved it. What I think these people should have said is that it's for (potentially) a different audience and is a very different type of story.

It tells the story of Firedrake, one of
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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“No one saw firedrake as he made his escape along the canal.” 6 likes
“If you're going to start tonight there's no time to waste. Certainly not enough time to finish your quarrel with this dim-witted mushroom-muncher.” 4 likes
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