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All the Weyrs of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern | [Anne McCaffrey]

All the Weyrs of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. 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.
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For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface.

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.

What the Critics Say

"When McCaffrey's beloved dragons roar and their riders soar upon the beasts' mighty backs...fans of Pern will likely be enthralled." (Publishers Weekly)

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    WMF Tennessee USA 09-29-12
    WMF Tennessee USA 09-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Narration Would Make A Harper Weep"
    Would you listen to All the Weyrs of Pern again? Why?

    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??


    What other book might you compare All the Weyrs of Pern to and why?

    It's one of the more exciting Pern books, it ends a saga. I'm not sure there is a reason to compare it....


    What didn’t you like about Mel Foster’s performance?

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book has moved me for years, Mel Foster's performance is an insult to Anne McCaffery's fine writing


    Any additional comments?

    Fine book, awful narration

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Valarie Davison, MI, United States 03-19-12
    Valarie Davison, MI, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I miss Dick Hill"

    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 :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judi 12-24-11
    Judi 12-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "awful narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Weyrs of Pern to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Weyrs of Pern?

    The continuation of learning of the characters origins.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get Dick Hill to read it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all witht his narrator. I loved the book itself but found I kept getting upsset with the way Mel depicted important characters.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MichaelA. Arden Hills, MN, United States 09-13-14
    MichaelA. Arden Hills, MN, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "STOP RUINING GREAT BOOKS!!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    About the book??? You mean Anne McCaffery's pern? How could one presume to change a masterpiece? What a silly question


    What didn’t you like about Mel Foster’s performance?

    OK, this is the real reason for writing this review. We as consumers keep contributing so mediocrity. Do NOT buy this audio book. I'm sorry Anne I love you and pern, but Mel was not the right guy for this. He ruined your book. Mel, just because you have a pleasant voice does not mean you are a good story teller. What the hell was up with F'lar's voice? He sounded like a G.I.Joe cartoon character with a southern twang. WRONG in so many ways!! Lytol? you made him sound like a weasel. He has dignity damn it, a weasel?!?!? what were you thinking? Did you read this book before you started? Fandarel, both you and Dick got him wrong. He's a huge, barrel chested blacksmith with a deep voice, why does he sound like a geek squad employee? I take it you've done Saturday morning cartoon voices or something, but treat these beloved books with some respect damn it! And where was the producer to say "hey Mel, lets try again, but this time leave off with the cheesy cartoon villain impression"? Most of all I have to blame us, the consumers, for continuing to buy garbage instead of saying, "I think I'll wait till they make something with quality in it before I buy"
    The point is, I get so frothing upset about the mispronunciations, the childish accents, the misplaced stressed words that completely change the meaning of Anne's words.... There was a scene with Piemur down in cove, and Mel did his dialogue in this childish singsong tone 6 TIMES in a row!! And it was so out of place and out of character that I had to rip my headphones out of my ears and scream. The performance is SO upsetting that I can barely follow the story. Oh ya, and I heard him change words, ya that's right, I'm sure the dragonrider didn't say "doncha". Yeah, Anne doesn't write like that, it was "don't you". As in "Don't you DARE to presume to change Anne's words to fit those IDIOTIC character voices!!!!" There was SO much wrong, if I don't stop here the review will be it's own book.
    Mel, I know you're a good guy, and I can tell you did put work into it. It was just wrong for this book. I'm sorry I was so harsh, but stick to spongebob where your characters will be appreciated.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    A Thousand Times YES


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the hard copy, or kindle or what have you. Make the characters your own. Pern is a wonderful universe that should be visited as often as possible but you will regret buying this in audiobook form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharri Wenatchee, WA, United States 02-11-12
    Sharri Wenatchee, WA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just love those Dragon Riders of Pern!"
    If you could sum up All the Weyrs of Pern in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting! Epic! Breath-Taking!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Weyrs of Pern?

    When Jaxom on Ruth took his


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. Even though I've read the story 3 times before.
    Anne McCaffrey writes such Epic Novels!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-28-11
    Nancy 03-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Pretty Good"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 02-25-11
    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 02-25-11
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    "Good Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Peters Indiana, USA 02-16-09
    J. Peters Indiana, USA 02-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful book, bad audio"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary lebanon, IN, USA 04-10-09
    Mary lebanon, IN, USA 04-10-09
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    "I am satisfied"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 04-20-14
    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 04-20-14 Member Since 2009

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    "A Visit to Pern is Always Welcome!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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