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The Chronicles of Pern Audiobook

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

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Publisher's Summary

Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. Join the original survey team as they explore Pern and decide to recommend it for colonization. Share the terror of the evacuation from the Southern Continent as a flotilla of ships, aided by intelligent, talking dolphins, braves the currents of the Pernese ocean. Learn how the famous Ruatha Hold was founded, and thrill with the dragonriders as they expand into a second, then a third Weyr. And discover a secret lost in time - the rescue of some of the original colonists before the planet was cut off forever.

Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons - The Dragonriders of Pern!

Anne McCaffrey suggests The Chronicles of Pern should be followed by The Dolphins of Pern.

©1993 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of American Audio Literature

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    Matthew Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-11-09
    Matthew Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-11-09 Listener Since 2007

    I'm a Renaissance Geek.

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    "Good stories, poorly read."

    A collection of short stories raking place in the early years of Pern, including the initial survey of the planet, First Fall is a good listen overall. Unfortunately, the reader, Meredith MacRae, is bland and lifeless. All of the stories feature multiple characters and MacRae's reading and lack of inflection or characterization makes it difficult to follow who's who. Likewise, it's very difficult to differentiate between male and female characters as MacRae fails to alter her vocal pitch at all.

    The stories themselves are well written, but the actual reading makes for a difficult and distracting listen.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bert 08-11-10
    Bert 08-11-10
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    "Poor reading ruins this"

    I couldn't even finish listening to part one. I only gave it one star because I believe the story has to be better than the reading. While a perfect and clear English speaker, the reader makes no effort to make any character voices whatsoever, and inflection is limited to basic grammar-based emphasis (like lilts for questions, and emphasis for exclamations). Grade wouldn't even be above a "D" for a public speaking class, let alone as a book narrator. She makes me drowsy. Choose a different reader, or a printed book over this disappointment!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bob B. Phoenix, AZ USA 07-16-10
    Bob B. Phoenix, AZ USA 07-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I enjoy Dick Hill as narrator best."

    The few women that have narrated just can't pull off the right tone.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Designs 09-06-11
    Designs 09-06-11
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    "Great history on How Pern was settled"

    This is great for those who want to know how it all started. MacRae is not a good narrator, though. It was very difficult to follow her as she read - she runs the sentences together so it is hard to tell when there is a new sentence starting. I only stuck with it to know the history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    The Reverend 10-18-13
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    "Dreadful Narration!"
    What would have made The Chronicles of Pern better?

    Having Dick Hill continue his narration from "Dragonsdawn" and the "Dragonriders" trilogy. I only rated this so low across the board to drive down the overall four star rating. I enjoyed the stories and Anne's writing is impeccable once again, this just could have been better if either Dick Hill or Mel Foster had read it.


    Has The Chronicles of Pern turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Meredith MacRae’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great story and depth. Makes me love the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Just want to reinforce that all my one stars were simply to drive down the overall average and emphasize that the narration ruined the audiobook as a whole.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    glhad 04-22-16
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    "The Pern Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    | will recommend all the Dragon Riders of Pern books. They are all well written, interesting, and enthalling. I have listened to them all several times and found myself totally engrossed every time. Truly great reading or listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronicles of Pern?

    The entire book.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith MacRae – was your favorite?

    All are interesting and believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Live the world of Dragons!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely terrific series.

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    Shari F. 04-06-16
    Shari F. 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Very good animated narration! Anne McCaffrey is a wonderful author!!! I look forward to listening to the next in my chronological list of Pern stories!

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    Darth 03-28-16
    Darth 03-28-16
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    "Thank you, timeless classic!"

    I get lost in the story everytime. The characters are very thought out. Nothing as good as a warm cup of claw on a cold night.

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    GertySmith1 09-12-15
    GertySmith1 09-12-15 Member Since 2009

    I love historical fiction, but, in truth, I like ALL kinds of nonfiction! I enjoy books that take me "somewhere" or lets me learn something new. I listen to books whenever I am in the car or the sewing room. I require unabridged books...don't want a single word the author wrote removed from the story!

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    "Stories that Fill in Pern's Stories"
    What did you love best about The Chronicles of Pern?

    So many thoughts and questions I had as I read (listened to) the other Pern books have been answered in these stories. I wish I had read (listened) to this just after the first Pern book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dragons...their dry wit and devotion to their riders make them special!


    What three words best describe Meredith MacRae’s performance?

    monotone....expressionless....the same for all characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Back-Stories of Early Pern


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read or listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Romeoville, IL, United States 06-14-15
    Darlene Romeoville, IL, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Back-stories part 2. A Pern fan must-read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Chronicles of Pern the most enjoyable?

    Short stories filling in details of the past.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronicles of Pern?

    The story of Red Hannrahan.


    Have you listened to any of Meredith MacRae’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I may have. The voice is familiar.


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

    It is short stories, so listening in parts was easy.


    Any additional comments?

    Read / listen after reading Dragonsdawn. An essential duo for true Pern fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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