Yes! This was the first Pern novel I read years ago as a teenager and have reread many times since. Listening was just as much pleasure as reading!
The story pulls you out of reality to a different culture and different time. You get to explore the world of Pern through Menolly's experiences in her Hold, in her cave (Holdless), and at the Weyr. The journey she takes (emotionally and physically) was relevant to me as a teenager and I still enjoy it as an adult. It explores deep emotion and turmoil without dragging you into the depths yourself, but still manages to pull you out and reveal hope and joy of life.
I love Menolly's character. As the story progresses she develops from a shy quiet girl dependent on her teacher into a girl who knows what she wants as is ready to go out and make it happen (even if she is still shy & quiet). I identified with her a lot (as a teenager especially).
I always struggled with how to pronounce the unique names of characters and places created by Anne McCaffery. Although her vowels are short where mine are long and emphasis is placed on different syllables, she is consistent and I liked the changes.
This story swings through many emotions-greif, desperation, hope, joy. My favorite thing about the story is that it takes you on the journey without dragging you down and ends in hope and joy for the future.
I liked this book the narrator fits the story, and it looks at characters from the other books through different eyes. It was a bit sad and I cried at the end but it was still a awsome book.
I love McCaffrey's dragonrider series and bought this recording to introduce it to friend. But I found the narration so uncomfortable to listen to (it sounded to me as if it were being read with someone not familiar with the story) that I just erased it. I think it would have convinced my friend not to listen to any more.
The tale behind this book has/had real potential, bu t the author left it mire in the overly pedantic detail and failed to develop the characters beyond the shell presented. Would have liked to see this develop more with more depth and flavor. It's kind of like the difference between a real Irish stew and a can of Dinty-Moore.
Finally you have McCaffrey unabridged. All I can say is I want more if not all her books, unabridged. I would get everyone of them.
I like the reader, but I have never heard N'ton pronounced as she does. The pronunciation grates, but it's not bad enough to take away a star!
By the way, she sounds a bit like Joanne Woodward.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I could not bring myself to rate this book very highly so I thought I would read another book before returning to review and rate this one. I read Robert Jordan's Eye Of the World and now it is time to rate this book.
Both books were of a similar genre (fantasy mostly) but here the similarity ends. Dragonsong might be fine for a younger audience but I did not find much depth here in any regard. Eye Of the World blew my socks off and in returning to McCaffrey, hmmmm... I wish I could say something complimentary. Sorry.
I absolotely love this book. It's one of my favourites and it's also a great intro to Pern. This was the first Anne Mccaffrey book I ever read and I've been hooked ever since.