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Dragonsinger: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2 | [Anne McCaffrey]

Dragonsinger: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.
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Publisher's Summary

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.

©1977 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1992 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"The transformation of Menolly from a terrified outcast to a woman secure within herself is skillfully handled, making her a sympathetic character with whom many readers will identify." (School Library Journal)
"A superbly crafted fantasy in the heroic tradition....Unlike many sequels, this maintains the dramatic tensions of its predecessor." (Horn Book)
"Although set in another world, where dragons fly and people have fire lizards as pets, Menolly's innermost concerns are wholly contemporary." (Booklist)

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    debra wake forest, NC, United States 07-10-11
    debra wake forest, NC, United States 07-10-11
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    "Discription Diffrent"

    Whom ever wrote the discription of this book, must not have taken the time to read it. I have read and heard it several times and the Master Harper in no way gave her a hard time. The story is great but read it before writing about it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 03-28-09
    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 03-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story, average reader"

    This is the second in the Mennolly stories about the life and role of Harpers on Pern. Menolly is now an Apprentice Harper, and she and her 9 fire lizards are having a rough time fitting in. As with all of the early McCaffrey stories of Pern, the plot is solid, and the character development good, and the book is an excellent "read".

    The reader here is acceptable. Not Wanda McCaddon(Donada Peters), by any means, but she at least doesn't detract from the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Van Etten, NY, United States 02-09-11
    Barb Van Etten, NY, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Much better"

    This narrator did a much better job reading this book than she did with Dragonsong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Longley 11-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Young Adult Novel, Miserable Reader"

    I've loved this story for 30 years - it was written in the height of McCaffrey's creativity, when her Pern stories were fresh and inventive.

    The reader is the most miserable reader I've listened to in a LONG time. She pulls you out of the story with horrific mispronunciations of names, a wonky accent that vacillates, and a clunky rhythmic reading ability.

    It's a shame the listener must put up with Ms. Darling's pitiful excuse for a reading to get the wonderful Harper Hall trilogy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-26-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Recommended!"

    The story itself is wonderful, one of my 'all-time' favorite Pern stories. The narration itself is... 'meh'. Not bad, just kind of average. Some of her pronunciations sound a bit awkward, but on the whole I recommend both "Dragonsinger" and "Dragonsong".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    m7bfd Columbia, SC 06-05-14
    m7bfd Columbia, SC 06-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "One of my favorite books."
    Would you listen to Dragonsinger again? Why?

    Probably not. I love the story, but I did not love Ms. Darling's voice for Menolly. MUCH too old sounding and I hated her voice speaking Brekke's cry/song.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonsinger?

    There were many memorable moments in Dragonsinger, but the one that touched me was Menolly's breakdown after the fight at the Gather.


    What aspect of Sally Darling’s performance would you have changed?

    I really think Ms. Darling did a good job of differentiating the different voices, but she was all wrong for Menolly.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-06-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2002

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Part2 of Menolly's story"

    This is the continuation of the story of Menolly, the girl Harper. She's breaking "tradition" and irritating people to no end, really just through circumstance. Typical teenage jealousies that turn vindictive cause her numerous problems. The fact that she's a girl and the "owner" of 9 fire-lizards, in a male dominated society and in a school of jealous kids just automatically marks her as trouble. I like this story for the most part, but Menolly's subservience and eagerness to please are almost irritating, and even knowing her history of abuse and denigration at home don't make it totally acceptable. She does of course, overcome these things and all ends up well. Same problem for me with name pronunciation as before, and the narrator seems to veer a little to the melodrama for me again, but all in all this book still ranks at the top.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 10-30-12
    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Anne McCaffery at her best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonsinger to be better than the print version?

    Its easier to follow then the book unless you have time to sit down and read it streigh rough in one reading


    What did you like best about this story?

    Menolly's grwoth and developement as a harper in just a seven day!


    Which character – as performed by Sally Darling – was your favorite?

    Menolly as I enjoyed her growth and blumming in the Harper Hall.


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

    Menolly's reaction to Breckie's cry to Fonor and Cant after their ride to the Red Star and the Panic Menolly felt really came through. Briella's calling Menolly a thief and the reaction of All the fireligards to Menolly's anger and her fear por Piemer was very tense, and I agree with the Tanner that Menolly had a great punch!


    Any additional comments?

    The world Anne McCaffery has built on Pern is so real and all her books make the read so much more fun and listening to it makes it even more so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL United States 02-07-10
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL United States 02-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story and enjoyable narration"

    I have loved this tale since I was in school, and the narration is quite good. However, the story description is pretty inaccurate. It claims plot points that are completely wrong, and in some cases the opposite of the true story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ry 06-01-14
    ry 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen to classics as well as hard Scifi while knitting or working out or just sitting. Always a good time.

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    "Great Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, this is a fantastic series of books. Must start with the first one to get acquainted with the story and characters. Once you've read this trilogy heading into the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy and the next set is even better! You get to see the characters completed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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