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.
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!
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.
The Dragons...their dry wit and devotion to their riders make them special!
monotone....expressionless....the same for all characters
Back-Stories of Early Pern
This is a great read or listen!
Short stories filling in details of the past.
The story of Red Hannrahan.
I may have. The voice is familiar.
It is short stories, so listening in parts was easy.
Read / listen after reading Dragonsdawn. An essential duo for true Pern fans.
I wouldn't recommend this as a first print books hurried, but it did fill in a couple of gaps that were interesting. However, the narrator was very boring. All the characters sounded the same and talked with the same cadences, which wasn't bad per se, but wasn't great.
Yes, McCaffrey is my favorite, I listen to her books often.
All the Pern novels.
Horribly read, doesn't flow, mispronounced words. Just an awful narration.
Thankfully most of McCaffrey's books are read by others. Highly recommend the book, not so much the audio version.
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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