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Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern | [Anne McCaffrey]

Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....
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On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread.

But it has been over 400 years since the last Threadfall, and some people have come to doubt that the menace will every strike again. But F'lar, rider of Pern's greatest bronze dragon, has no such illusions. The Red Star is near; Thread will fall soon.

Book another flight with the Dragonriders of Pern.

©1968 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1993 Brilliance Audio

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    Deborah West Allis, WI, United States 06-21-12
    Deborah West Allis, WI, United States 06-21-12
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    "Get ready to soar!"
    What did you love best about Dragonflight?

    Having dealt with, and survived, more than my share of trauma as a child, I immediately related to the main character of this story, who was also the very first female lead character in any sci-fi fantasy story I had ever known. Anne McCaffrey's writing style is perfectly detailed and incredibly visual, without being overly complex as well, allowing me to "see" the story in my mind, without getting distracted and lost by minutia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always been a huge fan of flight in general, ever since I can remember, something that worried my parents a bit at first (little girls didn't dream of such things back then, lol). The whole concept of being a young woman astride the back of a dragon in flight definitely got me hooked to this book, and subsequently the entire series as well.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The only problem I had with the performance was the use of a male performer, given (in my mind) the main focus was the female character the story centers on. But, Hill's performance was good, and he read McCaffrey's work with the same spirit it was written in, so I was quite happy.


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

    McCaffrey's writing style evokes emotions throughout the spectrum and throughout the story. There are parts of the story, however, that are particularly powerful, especially when a dragon and its rider die. The reader/listener feels the loss every bit as much as McCaffrey's characters do, a credit to McCaffrey's writing style, which is accurately communicated to the listener by Hill's narration style.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read this book many years ago, and it was part of a trilogy in one book (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon). It was also the first of the series on Pern that I had read, and I've read nearly all of them. I highly recommend this as a good starting point for listeners, as much of the life and culture that developed on Pern is explained in this trilogy. Of course, if you've read the series already, you can do like I do today, I listen to all the stories in the story's fictional chronological order.

    All in all, Anne McCaffrey remains my favorite sci-fi fantasy writer of all time. She uses numerous resources available to her (including engineers and physicists) to insure a high degree of realism, and later works rely also on her many fans to insure continuity. McCaffrey also has a remarkably visual writing style that translates perfectly to the audio book format, allowing listeners to just close their eyes and place themselves on Pern as an observer of the events she describes. This is pretty rare with most writers.

    Anne McCaffrey is the Dragonlady, and her works are definitely worth the time and money.

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    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-21-12
    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-21-12

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    Any additional comments?

    I love Pern! I've read all the books but wanted to revisit this enchanting place while I was convalescing from an illness. It was perfect. I think I would've preferred a female narrator because when I originally read the books I thought of them in a female voice. It was nice to hear all the names pronounced correctly as I often had no idea when I was reading them how they were meant to sound. This is a wonderful series. Read them all.

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    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 05-18-12
    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy this time and consider it well spent exercising my imagination. I now have these other worlds to tell you about. I have value.

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    "Still kept my attention after all these years."

    Ive read the trilogy years ago(like 30). I found that it still kept my attention and was still exciting. I was drawn in. Now Im contemplating the rest of her books. I stopped reading them years ago for reasons I cant remember. I again remember now why Annes books became so desired. Read them and you will understand.

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    Debra Pasadena, Ca, United States 02-17-12
    Debra Pasadena, Ca, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One passage repeated twice but not very annoying"
    Where does Dragonflight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very very high probably in the top ten i like when Dick Hill voices audiobooks because he does different voices for each character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mnementh and Ramoth are tied for first place i like the comments intersperced throughout the book for instance when ramoth complains that if she has to bathe before eating they should get going before she withered away from hunger.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of them but this one was among the best (not counting the repeated passage i think that was just a glitch in the download.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Based on Anne McCaffery's Dragonflight.


    Any additional comments?

    i loved this book my late father read it to me and it is nice to hear it again.

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    Judi AURORA, CO, United States 12-24-11
    Judi AURORA, CO, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book and reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Dragonflight the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill got the jest of the characters perfect and I carried it around with me through the entire book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonflight?

    No particular moment. They were all spellbinding.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Flar.


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

    A lot of emotion throughout the entire book.


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    Amazon Customer Dover, DE, United States 10-21-11
    Amazon Customer Dover, DE, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book"

    I read This book many years ago and loved it, but listening to it was a wonderful experience. The characters came alive and Pern became more vivid in my mind. If you have read any of McCafferyes books try the audio version. You'll love them!!!!

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    Quentin North Canton, OH, United States 10-18-11
    Quentin North Canton, OH, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Overall Good"

    I found the the start of this book was a little hard to follow and get in to but stuck with it. The story did all come together for me. I really enjoyed this book and the 3 part series as a whole.

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    linddyp330 NM 06-22-11
    linddyp330 NM 06-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Reader"

    I thought Dick Hill did a great job of reading Dragonflight and look forward to more. His voices and emotionality added an intensity to the story that held my attention. I have read the book three times before so I am no novice to the storyline and Mr. Hill read it well.

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    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 12-12-10
    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 12-12-10
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    "Amazing, Awsome, and Great,"

    I really enjoyed this book. She brings the dragons to life with their own History, attributes, and personality. I liked how she painted beautiful pictures in your mind of a far away world and time. There really are not enough good things to say about this book. The narrator does a good job, the story line is GREAT, and the writing is wonderful. If your wondering if you should,,,,, You wont regret this listen.

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    Brandon C Koenigsknecht Wixom, MI, US 04-29-13
    Brandon C Koenigsknecht Wixom, MI, US 04-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bueller? Bueller?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself seems to be ok. The narration was just so bad, I haven't finished yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonflight?

    None. The monotone nature of the narrator left the book very forgetable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. It would have been less monotone if Ben Stein had narrated.


    Could you see Dragonflight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I thought they were making it in to a movie?


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that some day I can finish this book as it is a classic in the genre. I hope even more there's an updated audiobook version with a better narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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