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.
Why did they have this ground-breaking feminist science fiction story - whose main character is a young woman - read by a man, let a lone such a deep-voiced one? I just started the first chapter and I don't know if I will finish it. I'm not complaining about the narrator's skills, but how can someone who sounds like George Takei do a good job representing Lessa? Bad, bad fit.