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Dragonsdawn: Dragonriders of Pern | [Anne McCaffrey]

Dragonsdawn: Dragonriders of Pern

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.
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Publisher's Summary

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly, deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

Then, some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragon-like lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider...

And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed - Dragons!

Pay another visit to Pern.

©1989 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Newcomers will find McCaffrey's latest an accessible introduction to the world of Pern." (Library Journal)

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    debh 05-27-14
    debh 05-27-14
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    "Story has held up over the yrs & still a good one!"
    What did you love best about Dragonsdawn?

    Having read the Pern series novels by Anne McCaffrey, I really appreciate the ground work that Ms. McCaffrey laid down in this book. So many plots, so much time to spawn from such a story. It's the craft of writing a wonderful story that lives on with each book. I am amazed that this series is as wonderful for Adults as it is for Young Adults.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonsdawn?

    Not sure this is the most memorable moment, but it seems to me that Avril and avarice are awfully close in their core meaning...


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

    All the characters that Dick Hill portrayed were good. I think I would've have liked a female voice, but Mr. Hill's narration and ability to give the characters their own 'voice' changed my mind. I especially like how he portrays a voice in loud shouting or exasperation. Nicely done.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 07-01-12
    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 07-01-12 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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    "actually was a bit different but just as enjoyable"

    Starting a little different, this story allows you many opportunities to discover where this people came from and how they came to be the dragonriders. It was a fun read and a little refreshing at this point of the series. As always if you let your imagination try to picture happenings in your minds eye,you will get a real suprise. I actually got involved to the point of feeling bad during sorrowful times and cheering during the successes. Anne did it again. Read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Romeoville, IL, United States 05-30-15
    Darlene Romeoville, IL, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The origin of Pern and the dragonriders"

    The story is great, with characters you can love. It answers a lot of questions, even those you didn't know you had. After reading this book and the short stories in Dragon's Eye, you will be an expert on the origins of Pern and its society.

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    Jennifer J.T.B. 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The beginning of a fantastic world"

    As I had already read The White Dragon and All the Weyrs of Pern before I heard this one, I had a vague idea of what Dragonsdawn might entail, as far as the science and the technology of the original landing party. Even so, I found the story just as captivating as if I had known nothing. From the first sight of Pern from space to the first time the dragons fly to fight thread, this is truly one of the most detailed and fascinating story from Anne McCaffrey. The narrator really works to bring the characters to life, with individual accents and speech patterns, as well as emotional inflection. The last few moments of Sallah Telgar and Tarvi Andiyar were especially heart wrenching, and Dick Hill's excellent narration really made it poignant. It was the part that sticks with me the most, but Dragonsdawn is such a very full and active storyline that there is always something next.

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    Lynn 02-25-15
    Lynn 02-25-15
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    "Wonderful book"

    I have loved the dragon riders of pern for years. I will continue to be a fan!

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    Michael SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-04-13
    Michael SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Anne McCaffrey has a great mind for detail"
    What made the experience of listening to Dragonsdawn the most enjoyable?

    Details, Anne is not afraid to use other opinions in her stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters make a story but if I had to choose I would have to pick Benson. He kept the people together.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He bought the book alive. Before I listened to the book, years earlier I read the book.


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

    It made me dream. Dreams are the sustenance of people's souls.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne McCaffrey is a wonderful writer and her Dragon Rider series is the best books on the market.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Thornton, CO, United States 08-27-12
    Darrell Thornton, CO, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "good book i have been a pern fan for 20plus years"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonsdawn to be better than the print version?

    it depends i have read the book several times but my time is now so busy i dont read much its eaiser to down ladto my phone an listen when i can


    What did you like best about this story?

    its easy listing


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he trys to make the book cometo life for the listner


    Any additional comments?

    read the books first then try the audio you wont regret it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 06-19-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Perm vs eragon"
    Where does Dragonsdawn rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Good book started slow


    What other book might you compare Dragonsdawn to and why?

    Eragon


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

    Peter


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

    Dragon and rider dieting together? Wasn't what you were expecting


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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