Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.
©1979 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1992 Recorded Books
"Young people will be entranced again by Pern's ways and in Piemur find an impulsive, thoroughly sympathetic hero." (School Library Journal)
"As deftly structured and as smoothly written as its predecessors." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
"All dragonrider fans will want to read it." (Voice of Youth Advocates)
This is another favorite author of mine from my adolescence. I am rereading them with my ears and finding them more enjoyable than ever. The wonderful tales thread together to create a world of dragons. Yet the story is still a story of human relations, charactors, emotions, life and society. In each book we can find our selves and those we know.
This trilogy (Harper) is my favorite of the Pern books and also Sally Darling is my favorite of the Pern narrators for the audio versions.
Still love the story after all these years. And the narrator, while not to my taste, does a good job. But these recordings are VERY old and it shows. At the very least they need to be remastered, if not re-recorded. There are awkward cuts and frequent dropped words - as if the recordings were made from cassette tapes that had been warped. It makes me hesitate to buy any more of the Dragonrider books because I'm concerned that there will be similar problems if the recordings are of a similar age.
I would say it's average. I've listened to some great ones!
Anne McCaffrey's world-building is brilliant. She is truly a master. Also, even though this is the third book in the series, it really stands on its own as a story and I could easily see someone reading and enjoying it who knew very little about Pern at all.
I really feel as though Sally Darling's voice isn't appropriate for these books. It feels like your grandmother is sitting down to read you a story, which might be great in some cases, but these books are just too cool for that to be effective.
This was the perfect ending to a delightful trilogy. It was great to hear another character's story.
I 1st read the Harper Hall trilogy as a teen and loved the story. It must have had a lot of influence on me as I ended up married to a musician. I have just introduced my 7 yr old to the series. He enjoyed it very much and I think will become a fan too.
Anne McCaffrey yes, Sally Darling NO
Piemur. He's adventurous and entertaining.
OMG. Anybody who doesn't have such a THICK southern accent. Would be nice if words like green were not two syllables. I mean gree-un dragons, good grief.
I think this is one of McCaffrey's best books. I love the harper hall books and the fire lizards.
I read the harper series nearly twenty years ago and absolutely loved it, so I knew the story before I listened to it on Audible. I was somewhat hesitant though, as I have found several of my favourite books absolutely RUINED by poor narrators with grating voices, but Ms Darling does an excellent job portraying a vast array of personalities. She has a very pleasant voice and it was a pleasure listening to the story.
"Hooked on Pern all over again"
The narration by Sally Darling captures the atmosphere and characters. One of McCaffrey's most delightful!
"My guilty schmaltz"
My favourite McCaffrey book by far - always connected with this one since I first read it in the eighties - sympathetically read by Sally Darling.
Always grabs my gut in the last few sentences.
Sally Darling is the best reader I've heard of Anne and Todd McCaffrey's work.
Piemur's my favourite McCaffrey creation. The book and this reading really do him justice.
I loved these books years ago and this reading brought back all of the magic. Lovely.
Having been a fan of Anne McCaffrey for many years this audio book did not dissapoint.
I hope to find and listen to many more.
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