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
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
It is easy to see why this mythical land has been popular for decades.
The author uses songs and descriptions of old images for the necessary exposition rather than dry recountings.
I especially liked the vocabulary, which doesn't condescend to readers. It would have been nice to have descriptions of some of the everyday items encountered in the story, but that's a minor quibble.
My only criticism is that I wish the human characters were as multi-dimensional as the world of Pern.
The narrator could have done a little more to distinguish voices and accents.
Why did they have this ground-breaking feminist science fiction story - whose main character is a young woman - read by a man, let a lone such a deep-voiced one? I just started the first chapter and I don't know if I will finish it. I'm not complaining about the narrator's skills, but how can someone who sounds like George Takei do a good job representing Lessa? Bad, bad fit.
At times it seemed the narrator was trying to speed through the reading and would not take breaths or pauses. In addition his voice was relatively monotone and made it difficult to discern from one character to the next. Overall, I thought the story was interesting and original, but in hindsight I wish I had picked this one up in hard copy instead.
An excellent book and one that quite clearly showcases Anne McCaffrey's talents as both a writer and a master storyteller.
Loved the imagination but there were a few plot holes. If I hear the "dragon leader" shake the "dragon woman's" shoulders one more time ... There has got to be another phrase to "show" tension in an argument.
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