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
I'm a Renaissance Geek.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Not at all.
Great story and depth. Makes me love the characters.
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.
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!
Red, the founder of Ruatha
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!"
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.
The story is essential to the Pern series, and the narrator's voice is pleasant enough in tone and emotional quality.
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