I have read McCaffrey's Dragonrider Trilogy a dozen times, and I was leery about an audio version. It was fantastic. I should have known that Dick Hill would come through.
l the book was a fun read. I was afraid that it was going to be dated. But the only thing I could find dated, was the small amount of domestic violence of Lessa. I guess that was okay in the sixty's
Felt almost like it was abridged. Many sections that I wish had more detail. Still enjoyed it a lot, but don't know if I'll return.
Reading books while riding on the back of Pegasus' wings
In my the top ten of books list of audiobooks I have own.
Lessa is a wonderful strong female character. Who fights for what she believes in.
I have listen to Dick Hill's performance in this series.
When Lessa impresses Ramoth, her beloved golden dragon.
I fell in love with Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series 30 years ago. Then as a young girl, there wasn't strong roles for women, instead of the usual plots in which women are only rescued by the male hero. McCaffrey brings out real a believable heroine in Lessa. McCaffrey makes you want to live on Pern. Go on a flight of fancy with graceful golden dragon wings and leave the world behind.
The story was entrailing and intense with Lesa's ride between times to save Pern from thread in her own time. Brave lady and dragon Ramoth to risk everything.
So I somehow managed to make it this far in my life having never read any Anne McCaffery, so I thought I'd better remedy that. Well, they say ignorance is bliss. I was surprised and disappointed at this book. I realize that it's one of McCaffery's first novels, so I suppose that explains the rather juvenile quality of the book, but given her popularity I was expecting more.
The characters were cliche and rather annoying. That is, the ones that I could tell apart. Even by the end of the book, I wasn't sure who was who with Falar and Fanor. As for the supposed romance between Falar/Fanor and whats-her-name it's very unbelievable.
I had a roommate that always complained about the 3 terrible 't's of fantasy writing: telepathy, teleportation and time travel. Now I get why it bothered her so much. This book has all three and uses them to get out of every plot problem. The big crisis of the book is solved without any reference to ninety percent of the book preceding it.
I love Anne McCaffrey's stories. I have the whole series in hardback books. I have read and re-read them many times.
I was very disappointed in this recording. The performance was good and I am a fan of Dick Hill. However, the recording sounded like it had another track underneath it as I could hear a shadow voice behind the main sound track. Also, about mid-way of Part 1 the story flipped back and repeated itself for one scene. Don't know why this happened or why the sound track seems flawed.
I might need to, lots going on in this book. Many of the names are similar (F'), so it takes some time to sort it all out.
His voice is so deep it comes out kind of like a slow motion machine gun. He does a lot of smacking and swallowing in the mic. He does do a good job with the characters though.
There were times I wanted to keep listening.
Well written, well thought out fantasy world. It is obvious from the first book, this is involved and expansive. Looking forward to the other books.
I read this book 25+ years ago. I burnt out on the series after about six or seven books. However, some other Anne McCaffrey's books are some of my favorite books (Audible only has abridged versions of the others which I will not listen to, sigh). I like her writing style even though this particular story was a bit simplistic, and easy to guess the end, it was enjoyable.