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The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall | [Anne McCaffrey]

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. 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!
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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bert Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-11-10
    Bert Phoenix, AZ, United States 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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Designs Adrian, MI, United States 09-06-11
    Designs Adrian, MI, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2009
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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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    Bob B. Phoenix, AZ USA 07-16-10
    Bob B. Phoenix, AZ USA 07-16-10 Member Since 2008
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Svochak Crossville, TN 10-18-13
    Peter Svochak Crossville, TN 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oneill, NE, United States 05-10-13
    Amazon Customer Oneill, NE, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I love this narrator!."
    What made the experience of listening to The Chronicles of Pern the most enjoyable?

    The story as all of Anne's is first rate and provides a wonderful "filling in of the blanks," from her other books. Wish she was still around to give us more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Red, the founder of Ruatha


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

    This is the first. I wish she had done more of the Pern books. I would easily pick her to listen to again. She would be perfect for reading "Nerilka's Story!"


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas A. Jaramillo Union City, CA 04-22-14
    Thomas A. Jaramillo Union City, CA 04-22-14 Member Since 2010

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    "An uninspired reading"
    What disappointed you about The Chronicles of Pern?

    The book is too good a material to narrate with a half-hearted effort. Every character has the same voice. There is not enough dramatic pause or annunciation to add depth or meaning to paragraphs. A mediocre narrator's performance at best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is essential to the Pern series, and the narrator's voice is pleasant enough in tone and emotional quality.


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

    Doubtful.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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