I missed that this was a "volume" when I purchased it. In the real book we follow M from Southern Hold all the way to Harper Hall - and it includes all the adventures there. I suppose splitting it in 2 creates more revenue for Audible but I don't appreciate it as a customer. And, despite the review for volume 2, in no way was the Master Harper mean to her because she was a girl, on the contrary. These things need to be tightened up, I'm new to Audible but I'm surprised at these sorts of errors and sales strategies that don't benefit the customer.
This is a classic story, one I have read many times - the down trodden and blameless character triumphs in the end, what's not to love about that? Plus the dragons.
I found her voice odd for the character, I would have picked some one that sounded "perkier", more like a young, exuberant songstress trying to find her way in the world - I thought it was a voice mismatch.
Very enjoyable read but hardly causes extreme reactions.
I enjoyed listening to Ms. Darling's voice. While I read (and loved) the books decades ago, and have my own pronunciations on some of the names, that disagreement did not detract or distract from my enjoyment of the performance. My only real complaint is that some of the chapter breaks are too abrupt - sometimes there is a second or two of silence, before "Chapter [X]. [Relevant quote]", and sometimes the last word of a chapter is said and it IMMEDIATELY goes into the next chapter (with appropriate notation - just no pause whatsoever). Irritating, but hardly a dealbreaker.
As to the story itself, it's best if one is already familiar with the Pern books, but there's a good summary/overview as the prologue.
This is one of my favorite stories, which I have read many times. It's nice to listen to it again. I do have to say I'm not fond of the narrator. Her voice is clear, expressive and has a pleasant tone but... I do not find her an appropriate narrator for this story. Some of words are mis pronounced and occasionally she reads with a southern accent. And i also find she can be over dramatic. It doesn't fit Pern. I'm sure she would be excellent in other stories.
I used to stay up all night to read this book in High School. I loved it then and love it now again. Audio makes it so convenient, now I don't have to miss a day at work from staying up all night reading it, I can listen to it on the way in and at work during breaks.
This is one of the best Pern novels for someone that has little or no experience with them. Listen to this one and you'll be hooked and looking for your own fire lizard eggs on the beaches.
the book was very good, the narrator cost this book it's fifth star.
I think a great book can be ruined by the narrator, and a bad book made good by the right one.
It's a job I would love, matching book and narrator.
Narrator needs to learn how to pronounce names of Characters. This is a Huge Pet Peeve of mine. In a series, narrators should at the very least listen to the past productions and match up for continuity. And Production editors should certainly catch major discrepancies.
Also, in some cases simple English words were mispronounced. If you haven't seen already word before....Google It!
One of Anne McCaffrey's better story lines. About a girl who wants music more than anything, but is denied it by circumstances. What she did about it and what happened next is worth your time! If you don't own a copy please get one.