This has been one of my favorites since I was a child, so I purchased the audio version when I purchased the Kindle so that I could retire my worn out paperback. The writing & the story are all as I remember them, the only the lacking is the narrator. I simply do not care for him although I will most certainly listen to this again and probably purchase the other books in the series. It sounds as though it took many, many takes for him to even get what we hear. Narration could be better, other than that 👍👍
The author is very good at creating worlds that you want to visit.
The well thought out back story as well as the characters that draw you in to their world.
There are so many wonderful scenes that it is very hard to pick one favorite. The descriptions of riding 'adragonback' put you there.
The next level of science fiction.
This one is fun to listen to over and over . You'll pick up on things for large in the series . The narrator does and excellent job . Give it a listen , you'll be hooked .
I love the story, and of course the dragons, but...
The performance sounded a bit mechanical. Took me a while to get used to it.
Yes. I love this story. It was the first book I read by Anne McCaffrey and it holds up.
The concept is very interesting. The dragonriders need to remind people of why the traditions are in place and convince them that they should be upheld. I have since read all of the Pern novels, and the different attitudes about the dragonriders in different time periods is very interesting.
I found the way he voiced F'lar distracting. He made him sound much older than he actually is.
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