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Dragon Rider (Collector's Edition)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  51,997 ratings  ·  1,712 reviews
Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven --- which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, t ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc. (first published February 1st 1997)
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Brooklynn Forbes This book is a fictional book that is still lengthy and great for people to as a group or as a family.
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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
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
Dec 04, 2007 Brooke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
May 31, 2007 Bethany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 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.
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.
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
Mar 03, 2015 Yvensong rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
the book is fabulous.
i really enjoyed readin it
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
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 ...more
Sarita 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
May 03, 2008 Luann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Elise Christensen
I am currently listening to this book. The reader, Brendan Fraser, is AWESOME
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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
Ben Whitehurst
(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
Angel  Cardona
Dragon Rider is a really well written and vivid story, comprising of a handfull of really well developed characters. The story has to do with a young, teen dragon, Fire Drake and his close forest brownie friend, Sorrel. These two set off on an adventure to find Drake's dragon clan a new home; the long lost home of their ancestors. On the way they meet a young human boy named Ben, who joins them on their long and ardous journey. Together they face countless trials, including deceit and desertion ...more
Starvix Draxon
I loved this book. The story is about Firedrake, a dragon who ventures to find a new home. Along the way he meets a human who helps him on his quest to find the legendary Rim of Heaven and protect it from the evil automatonic dragon, Nettlebrand, whose soul purpose is to hunt and kill dragons. The story overall was good. It was actually an English translation from German so I often wonder if the book in it's original language was more interesting. In reality as I look back on it, I find that the ...more
I first saw this book on my school library shelf in fourth grade. I remember thinking, 'Cool! That looks like a really good book!' I actually think that book might have been my first fantasy book. I tried to understand it, but I was more fascinated by the characters than anything else. The characters, to me, were vivid as different hues on a beautiful painting, all different, all orchestrating something much bigger and grand. Although I didn't finish it (it seemed just a little too boring), late ...more
I just could not get into this book. I'm thinking that maybe it was a translation issue. I thought the story was great, loved the dragons . . . but needed most of the characters to stop yammering and get on with the action. In a book called "Dragon Rider" neither the dragon nor the rider had all that much to say. The "hilarious" secondary characters didn't have this problem, however. They talked all the time, mostly about nothing. They traded supposedly clever insults, called each other supposed ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Yvensong rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvensong by: Darlene
I spent quite a bit time listening to this book being read by Brendan Fraser, which probably will influence my opinion and review of this novel. This version of the story has a few extras that are not on the audio-book and are well worth reading.

The story brings together several unlikely partners who share an adventure together while attempting to help a dragon find a new home for his dragon family and friends. The story was entertaining and very hard to put down. As this was written to be read
Elinor  Loredan
I like the characters-Ben, Sorrel, Firedrake, Professor Greenbloom, Twigleg- but I can't relate to them at all. For instance, I know nothing about Ben, including why he has always been on his own and how he survived. Similarly, I don't know how Sorrel ended up with the dragons. Plus, the dialogue gets tiresome, mostly consisting of differently-worded insults and grumpy remarks. There isn't enough seriousness and earnest conversation.

What's more, I have no desire to meet the characters or accomp
Kelseyrose Moreno Aquino
This story made me think about how other can get along even if they have some minor or major differences.Sorrel,"He doesn't smell of humans at all!","He stinks of mice.But after a while they start to get along "Firedrake "thank you" "thats extremely kind of you.What's your name?"(Funke,pg.28 and 30).I liked this story because it made me think of the differences between other people.For example how Sorrel didn't like Ben at first but when the story progressed Sorrel started to trust and befriend ...more
Daniel Toohey
The book “The Dragon Rider” by Cornelia Funke is an action/fantasy novel which captures the attention of readers young and old. The main character is an orphaned boy named Ben, who is living on the streets of London. Throughout the entire story Ben is faced with difficult decisions that he would be unable to overcome without the help of his friends and co-main characters, Sorrel, a forest brownie, and Firedrake, a silver dragon. Firedrake and Sorrel initially encounter Ben while hiding in London ...more
Dragon Rider is a whimsical story of a silver dragon Firedrake, his fantastic creature friend Sorrel and the human boy Ben. In this story the dragons are in danger because the human are about to flood the place where they live. Firedrake and Sorrel travel in search of information about how to get to a legendary place called the Rim of Heaven where dragon can live in peace. Following the instructions of their friend rat, they get to an old factory where they are going to look for Gilbert, another ...more
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv ...more
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