I'm not sure why a male narrator was chosen for a book that's largely from Lessa's point of view, but that's soon forgotten with skilled narration. What's really not working for me here is iffy audio quality that had me checking my headphone connection and the narrator's habit of shout-speaking whenever he's trying to project emotion. It's crazy that I was diving for the volume on my headphones constantly, because I was genuinely worried his wildly fluctuating voice was audible to the people next to me on the train.
He also laughs, snorts, and generally adds embellishments that are better left to the listener's imagination. His voice isn't bad, but overly hearty voicing of male characters made them all sound like overbearing beefcakes, which was not how I'd been visualizing F'lar for decades. It's not good when I'm pausing the audio and running the line back in my head to see if it could be better-served in a different tone (and it could).
I loved these books as a kid and still like them now, but it gets harder to stomach some of the treatment of women, even those who are supposedly main characters. I really need to fix my mind in a "this is a chauvinistic society" place to successfully overlook it, because when you step back and really look at Lessa's place in the structure of things, it's maddening she has so little agency. I sense McCaffrey was trying to tug at those threads, but the story does end up feeling a bit aged in how it relates to readers.
I really do like this series in the same way you do an old cardigan, but I'm not able to finish the narrated version. I bought this for a long commute and can't even bear completing it in the car. I'd rather unearth the book.
Anne McCaffrey is a great author, but the narration is unbearably bad. I couldn't believe how bad it was, ugh.
Anybody. I mean seriously, anybody.
The story is great, but get the Kindle version and skip this terrible narrator. He took a terrific story and ruined it completely.
not the voice I would have chosen for this story. he reads F'lar as very harsh. And Less a as too breathless. But as always Anne McCaffery's story is Epic!!
nice to stop thinking about all the things in the world and life! Go to Pern and forget it all!
the story rocks! all of it
The Pern series is spectacular! Epic tales that are well-written, imaginative, and captivating! Must-have for fantasy fans!
I read this book years ago and was excited to find it in audio form. The story was as good as I remember, but I didn't care for the narration. He doesn't bring you in to the story like some others do, it's simply read to you.
I first read this book in sixth grade & loved it and read the whole series. I plan to dig out the rest of the series and read it again. I will NOT listen to the rest of the books. I've actually heard Dick Hill narrate other books well, but this, I think is a reissue of an old recording. He breathes, he sighs, he swallows, and his interpretation of a derisive laugh set my teeth on edge. He is overly loud and shrill and really just does not work for a book where one of the primary characters is female. Even the hero of the story sometimes sounded shrill!
This audiobook has been a favorite of mine for about 15 years. Could even say how many times I've listened through it. Anne McCaffrey is a wonderful writer and Dick Hill's performance really brings the characters to life.
I read this novel nearly 30 years ago. It enthralled me then and created a love for Pern that I've never lost, and only grew with each new installment. From that first page, Anna McCaffrey made an avid fan of this series. She also became my favorite author of all time, and her loss was felt keenly.
I had put off listening to the audio version, thinking it could never live up to the glory in my own head. I WAS WRONG! Dick Hill gave this book the life it deserved, well done Mr. Hill, well done!
I am now a fan of this series in a new medium and just as enthralled as ever.
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
It is easy to see why this mythical land has been popular for decades.
The author uses songs and descriptions of old images for the necessary exposition rather than dry recountings.
I especially liked the vocabulary, which doesn't condescend to readers. It would have been nice to have descriptions of some of the everyday items encountered in the story, but that's a minor quibble.
My only criticism is that I wish the human characters were as multi-dimensional as the world of Pern.
The narrator could have done a little more to distinguish voices and accents.