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The Reluctant Dragon

Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

In Grahame's story, a young boy discovers an erudite, poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. The two become friends, but soon afterward the dragon is discovered by the townsfolk, who send for St. George to rid them of it. 

The boy introduces St. George to the dragon, and the two decide it would be better for them not to fight. Eventually, they decide to stage a fake joust between the two combatants. 

As the two have planned, St. George harmlessly spears the dragon through a shallow fold of skin suggested by the dragon, and the townsfolk rejoice (though not all of them, as some had placed bets on the dragon winning). St. George then proclaims the dragon is reformed in character, and he assures the townsfolk the dragon is not dangerous. So the dragon is then accepted by the people.

Public Domain (P)2018 Our life Publishing

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  • cosmitron
  • 20-06-18

A charming and fun story.

This story can be enjoyed by children of every age.With a great performance by the Narrator your child or a child you love
will have fun listening to this story.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


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  • Sara Rutgers
  • 08-08-18

Everything a dragon tale should have!

This story was originally published in 1898 and was made into a Disney movie in 1941. I found it a fun and engaging tale narrated expertly by Heidi Gregory.

The story opens with a group of children on the trail of a dragon, for they are sure they saw footprints. They run into a towns person who takes their search for a dragon very seriously and agrees to tell them a tale about a dragon.
The story has a dragon, a knight, scared townspeople and a boy who befriends the dragon. The dragon does not want to fight or challenge anyone, but the towns people feel the dragon must go. They call St. George in to fight the dragon. The boy intervenes and his creativity at solving the problem of a dragon who doesn't want to fight and a dragon fighter who would prefer not to kill a dragon is very creative.

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  • mike s.
  • 10-07-18

A fun delight

Reading older stories is the best. Well over 100 years old, the story sparkles with strong characters. The voice artist is very good and handles the tone well.

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  • Margaret
  • 09-07-18

How to outsmart the unreasonable

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author. It’s a great story. It shows the ridiculousness of people who have little tolerance for others and inflate stories beyond truth. The way the little boy engineers a truce between the townsfolk, the knight and the dragon is clever.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I enjoy the way she narrates her books. They are not over exaggerated despite she’s reading kids stories. She brings life to the characters

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Cassi
  • 02-07-18

Great and timeless

This is such a great and timeless story that I remember reading when I was a kid and now I'm able to share the experience of listening to it with my daughter. This has instantly become her favourite and her first choice to listen to every night. The narration is great and I've caught my self finishing the story after she's gone to bed several times.

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  • Shannon G
  • 02-07-18

A Nice Children's Story

This was a wonderfully entertaining children's story. I wasn't sure what to expect but the fact that Heidi Gregory was the narrator is what tipped me to giving this book a chance. It's a wonderful little story about accepting those who are different, not believing everything you hear about someone or something and fighting doesn't solve all problems, sometimes you just need to talk things through. Of course, Heidi Gregory does an excellent job narrating the story and the characters' voices are all separated with ease.

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  • Suzan
  • 29-06-18

Great kids story

Wonderful story for kids and adults. Heidi Gregory does a great job of bring this book to life. I enjoyed the book as an adult too.

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  • Susan C-K
  • 22-06-18

Classic Children's Book!

A boy makes friends with the poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. The townsfolk don't want him and send for St. George to slay the dragon. The boy comes up with a plan to save the dragon and get the townsfolk to accept him. They stage a battle and get St. George in on the plan. After the successful staged fight, the dragon said he may like to settle down in the village. Then they all happily went to the banquet.

This is a lovely rendition of the classic book. It is beautifully narrated by Heidi Gregory, who adds to any story!

I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review,