All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.
Anne McCaffrey's enchanting tales of Pern, with all their colorful dragons and fantastic characters, have won her millions of fans around the world. The winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award, she is one of the best-loved writers in all of fantasy literature.
Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.
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"McCaffrey uses great imaginative powers in constructing her intricate and intriguing story." (Booklist)
"Menolly's independent, resolute character, the fascinating dragon lore, and a certain poetic quality of style all combine to create an original fantasy...akin to the work of Ursula LeGuin." (Horn Book)
"Dragonsong" and it's sequel "Dragonsinger" are my favorite Pern books and I have faithfully devoured every Pern novel, novella and short story published. I was so excited when I found these in audiobook format and revisiting my 'old friends' was simply wonderful. The only reason I did not give this selection five of five stars was that the narration was merely 'ok'. Several of the pronunciations of names and places, as well as the odd sentence or two, were awkward and pulled the listener out of the flow of the story. Nothing too bad, but noticeable all the same.
This is a prime example of a type of science fiction that I loved as a young adult. It's technically science fiction, but is for all practical purposes fantasy. While ostensibly about people on a faraway planet far in the future, it has much to say about Western culture and norms at the time it was written. The main character is a girl living in a sexist, pre-industrial society with a fairly rigid social system. She has great musical talent, but on Pern, women do not become harpers, the musicians who, while providing entertainment, are also responsible for transmitting the history and culture of their people. The heroine must overcome the prejudices of her family, as well as her own fear of failure, in order to do what she was born to do--make music.
Happily, the concept of girls not being free to follow their hearts' callings feels dated and rather silly. Fortunately, the Harper Hall trilogy is good enough to overcome this. I'm lucky to have been raised on stories such as this, so that by the time I became an adult, my sense of opportunity seemed limitless. Many girls are not as fortunate as I have been, and I hope that stories such as this help to ease their roads and broaden their dreams.
This was the first Pern book I had ever read. I was overjoyed to find the audio to this & other Anne McCaffery works. Now if only there were such a thing as real Fire Lizards to impress!
Born to read
I read this book years ago and enjoyed it so much
Now I listened to it -- it was just as great the second time. the wonderful world Pern is visited
-- great story
This is a wonderful book! It unfolds in a fast paced, but natural style. While you have to believe in dragons to make this book work, Anne doesn't force you through a series of too convenient coincidences. She has plotted a story that just unfolds and sweeps you along with it. While Menolly has her share of misfortunes and struggles, nothing is too dark, and it comes to a happy ending. It is a good story and a quick listen.
I devoured all of the Dragon books by Anne that I could get my hands on years ago... in my youth ;-) ... I read every book through The White Dragon and loved them all. They are engaging, thought provoking, and just fun. I was so glad to see this available in audio format as I don't have the free time to sit and read anymore with a family and a 2 year old. I do have tons of driving time. This works perfectly, and this book, Dragonsong, was an EXCELLENT listen. I look forward to the rest of the series. I enjoy hard-core science fiction mostly, so Anne's writings which are lighter and more fantasy based are a departure for me, but I like them.
My daughter loved the Dragonsinger series. She's not quite old enough to read the rest of the series, but this was a great introduction to a wonderful fantasy author.
I have been an Anne McCaffrey fan for many years and have read and re-read her books, including the Harper Hall trilogy, many times. I purchased this as a way to read an old friend while driving on a long trip. I wasn't disappointed, the story is well read and brings the characters to life.
My one caveat is the pronounciation of some of the characters names. Although the names may be being pronounced exactly as the author intended, they differ so much from how I had always said them that I find myself going "who?" when each character is mentioned for the first time. This distraction is the only drawback.
If this is your first time reading this book, this will not be a problem for you.
Sally Darling does a fine job of
Well, I'm pretty biased when it comes to Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders series. I pretty much feel that Ms. McCaffrey can't do wrong.
Still, it is great to get a perspective of life on Pern from a different direction other than the Weyr. Getting perspective from first a Hold, then being Holdless, you get a feel as to why the Holds were established and how important it is to be sheltered durning a fall.
Being a Lord Holder has many responsibilities, and making sure the Weyr's only have to worry about fighting Thread and keeping their dragons healthy is pretty much the biggest during a Fall.
Actually, Piemur was pretty much my favorite character throughout the entire Harperhall Trilogy. I know this story is about Menolly first, I just like Piemur's attitude and demeanor.
It's hard to listen to any
When I first started listening to the Harperhall Trilogy, I was concerned about Sally Darling. I had just finished the main Dragonriders Trilogy (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon) performed by Dick Hill, so I was used to his voice reading the stories.
However, a woman reading the Harperhall Trilogy makes sense since most of the stories are about Menolly and are more a female perspective.
Anyway, Sally did an excellent job of portraying Menolly and other characters in the story and brought them to life just as well as Dick Hill did with the main trilogy.
Why oh why did they find such an awful narrator for my favorite series by Anne McCaffery? The Harper Hall trilogy has been my favorite since I was a teen. I waited for so long to hear it in audio, and was really disappointed.
The reader is plodding, too old for the characters and is not good at changing her voice to suit characters. She makes a wonderful series boring.
My only hope is that somehow, someday, due to Anne McCaffery's popularity will cause all of her books to get new narrators. They deserve them.
I love Anne McCaffrey's Pern books and was delighted to find them on Audible.
Until I heard the readers voice, the heavy American accent and strangulated vowels spoilt it for me. I found that her voices for the male and female characters were the same and could not at times pick up who was supposed to speaking. A great shame, I will not be purchasing the other Pern titles.
Loved the book - Hated the boring drone of the narration
No compare - the books fall into the Dragonriders of Pern series
Slow - boring - words mispronounced, just awful. Gave up after about 2 hours. I have Dragon Singer and Dragon Drums by the same narrator but have not bothered to listen.
Already done - Dragon Singer & Dragon Drums
Try Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series. Much better.
"Narration at its best"
Brought together in one volume, this is a great way to appreciate some of Anne McCaffrey's stories. If you love the Dragon series, you will love these tales.
I first read these whilst I was growing up, and it was great to recapture the spirit through someone else's voice and intonation,
"dragon song - good read"
had read this and all the other Dragon books from the late 70's onward and enjoyed all of them. I was looking forward to hearing Dragonsong read. I was not disappointed. The reader was very good, and did real justice to the emotional content of the writing. I shed a few tears. The story is self contained and can be read stand alone. If you haven't read any of the other books I think you could start in her, and then jump to the beginning without losing anything or continue with the other two in this short series. Im looking forward to singer & dragondrums.
Dragonsong is the first in a trilogy set around the Harper hall written by Anne McCaffrey. The first time I read this book it totally enthralled me occaisionally bringing a tear to my eyes. A must read as are the other two (Dragonsinger and Dragondrums). I only wish that the Masterharper of Pern, Dragonquest, Dragonflight and the White Dragon were also available in audio. I would definately purchase them.
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