But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.
Now, for the first time, it looks as if that dream can come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, Weyr-leader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, excavate the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement, they uncover the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system - which still functions. And the computer has incredible news for them: There is a chance - a good chance - that they can, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all.
Pay another visit to Pern.
©1992 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"When McCaffrey's beloved dragons roar and their riders soar upon the beasts' mighty backs...fans of Pern will likely be enthralled." (Publishers Weekly)
If I hadn't already read this book in print and knew that it was worth the read, I might not have been able to make it through. Mel Foster is NO Dick Hill and I found him very difficult to listen to. His halting reading compelled me to listen to the book at 1 &1/2 speed. It sounds more natural that way.
Other than that Anne McCaffrey never disappoints :)
I love the story---all the Pern stories and it might bring me back. But the performance is abysmal. For anyone who knows Pern the treatment the Master Harper gets from Foster is...heartbreaking. He sounds like a drunken parody of some campy vaudevillian not the wise and wonderful man he is. Why oh why not have Dick Hill who did the earlier books wonderfully do this one??
It's one of the more exciting Pern books, it ends a saga. I'm not sure there is a reason to compare it....
Absolutely nothing...it was awful. I never thought you could over act an audio book but he did...a combination of Mary Tyler Moore's Ted Baxter and a very eager high school sophomore trying to bring a new level of angst to The Glass Menagerie. He ruined the book!
The whole book has moved me for years, Mel Foster's performance is an insult to Anne McCaffery's fine writing
Fine book, awful narration
the story is great as most of mccaffrey's works but this guy is terrible. Especially after hearing Dick Hill's narration of the previous books. This guy doesn't get the characters at all...he should have heard the previous versions to get the inflections correct.
The print is superior in so many ways.
The continuation of learning of the characters origins.
Get Dick Hill to read it.
Not at all witht his narrator. I loved the book itself but found I kept getting upsset with the way Mel depicted important characters.
Exciting! Epic! Breath-Taking!
When Jaxom on Ruth took his
I'm always partial to Jaxom and Ruth.
I preferred Dick Hill's narration The White Dragon & The Skies of Pern more than Mel Foster's narration of All the Weyers of Pern. Dick has a better Character Voices & a better Character Voice Memory. But a good narration just the same.
I laughed and cried. Even though I've read the story 3 times before.
Anne McCaffrey writes such Epic Novels!
Well worth the listen. I'll listen many more times. I already have all the book & I'm working on getting every Audible Pern book available.
Something about the narration is off a little bit or maybe I'm just prejudiced to Dick Hill's narration style. Hard to tell the difference between the characters but the story line is pretty good
I loved this story, although the Narration was a liltte off of Character from the last book. (Mostly reader perspective i think) The story was awsome and I would recommend it.
When I styarted listening to the books on audio, I was soooo looking forward to hearing this lst book. I feel as if I have finished the series but I know there are more books out there. I like Ann Mc Carthey as an arthor and will look for her other books. Sometimes I think I would like to live on Pern but then there were alot of problems. The whole series was excelent and the readings weren't to bad either. I liked the fact that Ann wrote books depicting the same event from different points of views.
I have loved this book for years and couldn't wait for it to come out on audio.. but the narrator was terrible. He made Piemur sound like an idiot, and Master Robinton like a slow witted imbecile. I was very disappointed and could hardly tolerate listening to the end.
I am a Pernese at heart and any time I get to visit my fantasy world is a treat! Anne has created a world for me to escape to and characters that feel like family! While I listen I talk to the characters that I know so well and feel their hopes as well as their fears. It's a place that will never be and will always be and I love every moment of it - especially the 9th pass where Robinton rules from behind F'lar and Lessa and the characters are so real! If you've ever loved dragons this is a series for you, where they are friends and companions and saviors not beasts!
I would recommend the print version of this book to a friend. I wouldn't recommend the audiobook if they were a fan of the Pern series, which they should be to be reading/listening to this later series book.
Aivas. I like that he's a computer, but still can manipulate the egotistical blowhards of the ruling class of Pern like play dolls.
I didn't like his character accents. In particular, F'lar's southern drawl was very distracting to listen to. Mnementh doesn't say/think much in this book, but when it turned out he shared F'lar's accent, I was upset. Dragons don't drawl!
A Pern mini-series would be good, but not of this book. It's in the ending portion of the series.
I read the reviews prior to purchasing, and knew I probably wouldn't like the narration going in. I purchased it anyway since this is one of my favorite Pern books. That being said, I wish the narrator had listened to Dick Hill's performances of previous Pern books and tried to keep some continuity in the accents.
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