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This book was very hard to follow... direction and editing were terrible.
something that doesnt sound like it was recorded in the 60's on failing analog equipment.
Dick Hill is one of the best narrators in the world... but the direction and editing of this book is what ruined it. I do not blame Mr Hill at all for this atrocity. It was extremely difficult to follow and seemed like it was just all jammed together. The quality is terrible too... I am used to books like Rhyria Revelations ... so this book was just a bad experience all the way around. I even restarted this book like 3 times in hopes to be able to grasp it, but that never happened, and finally, the book just ended...
I dont know how to answer this one.... the story was so hard to follow, I am not sure who was who and who was doing what...
This book needs to be completely redone.
Intriguing, entertaining idea
It's an interesting story especially when connected to all the Pern books. Now that I'm much older than the first time I read it I see what is missing when it comes to the social workings of the planet and the economics of the place. The holders are not nice people and don't deserve to be protected. They have distinct classes including what is essentially a slave class in the holds and in the weyrs status depends on the color of your dragon. When it comes to the workings of the place it's not really believable. But your interest is usually caught by the story and you don't notice the flaws the first time you read it. The characters change by improving their natures which is what is usually really important in a story.
The reader needs to stop with the smacking noises, gasping noises, lip licking noises, swallowing noises and over salivating noises. I would bet saliva is dribbling down his chin the whole time he's reading. I would hate to eat a meal with this man. It must be pretty disgusting. When the story mentions that someone swallows hard I don't need to hear it as well. You've already told me. This reader is no actor and he should stop trying to be one and just read the story. Everything doesn't have to be over emphasized by sound.
Yes, so that I could quit listening to this reader.
OH.YEAH BECAUSE IT IS A TRULY INNOVATIVE STORY WHOSE CHARACTERS LIVE ON.
THE MASTERHARPERS DEFENSE OF F'LAR TO THE LORD HOLDERS.
SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM, CAN'T DECIDE
YES, I DID IN FACT STAY UP ALL NIGHT
I FIRST READ THIS OVER 20 YEARS AGO, AND I STILL REMEMBERED ALL THE CHARACTERS AND STORYLINE. THIS SERIES IS LIKE THE WIZARD OF OZ , OR LORD OF THE RINGS AND STAR TREK, TIMELESS.
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.
Tell us about yourself! I like clean romances and fantasy. The happily ever after is for me
monotone narration with no feeling
I could not listen because of the narration
I didn't listen to more than 10 minutes, monotone
i was excited to find this on an audible Daily Deal. I hadn't thought of purchasing them. At first the narrator threw me off and i was afraid that i wouldn't be able to get into it. For some reason i felt that it should be a female narrator. But after awhile it was perfect. Dick Hill did a great job with plenty of enthusiasm and inflection.
It was like hearing from an old friend. I look forward to hearing more of this series.
I tend to lean more toward fantasy than science fiction when I am picking my books to read. However, I must admit that this book has elements of both. I got a lot more than I expected when I started reading this novel. it seemed to be a fairly straight forward concept when I first started the story. Boy was I wrong. As the book went on things rapidly changed and became very complex. I found myself getting to certain points in the story and having to pause to try and figure out exactly what had just happened. Some of the concepts described in this novel were very hard to wrap my head around. I found this an unexpected and very pleasant challenge. I also very much enjoyed the characters that McCaffery created. They felt like they were actually alive with intricate and lively personalities. One of the other reasons I originally decided to read this book was because of the dragons. I mean who doesn't love dragons. It was cool to read one of the first well known fantasy books written with dragons and there telepathic communication skills. The final aspect I must discuss is the narrator Dick Hill. He made for a decent narrator. His speaking and oration skills are unquestionable and his inflections during the novel were awesome. However, his range of voices seemed very limited to me and this made it hard to tell characters apart. This book was definitely worth reading in my opinion. It was nice to get a taste of fantasy that isn't contemporary for a change.