Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.
©1977 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1992 Recorded Books
"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)
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.
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.
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".
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.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
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.
Its easier to follow then the book unless you have time to sit down and read it streigh rough in one reading
Menolly's grwoth and developement as a harper in just a seven day!
Menolly as I enjoyed her growth and blumming in the Harper Hall.
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!
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.
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.
Usually, the second book of a trilogy is the worst (or at least the most unspectacular), but I think the Dragonsinger is the best of the three Harper Hall Books. It's at heart a school story, with a heroine, Menolly, who begins as an outsider and struggles through the book to find her place in her new home. Sally Darling is an acceptable, if not exemplary narrator. I don't really buy her voice as that of a teenage girl, but it isn't off-putting enough to ruin the experience.
I love all Anne McCaffrey's books and this one does not disappoint in the story line. I was, however, disappointed in the narration. It is hard to tell the difference between the characters and the reader just plods along. I found it hard to listen to. There are so many better narrators out there.
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