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The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern | [Anne McCaffrey]

The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern

Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better.
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Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all.

Book another flight with the Dragonriders of Pern.

©1978 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1993 Brilliance Audio

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    David Alhambra, CA, United States 01-07-09
    David Alhambra, CA, United States 01-07-09

    Children's book illustrator & toy designer living in Los Angeles. Addicted to audio books.

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    "One of my all time favorites!"

    The story of Jaxom and his unusual white dragon Ruth is my favorite of the Dragonriders of Pern. I also highly recommend the Harperhall trilogy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndee lehi, UT, United States 04-25-10
    Cyndee lehi, UT, United States 04-25-10
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    "My favorite of the Pern Stories"

    I have read all of the Pern books & Out of all of them Jaxsom and Ruth are the most memorable of them all! Every boy wants a dragon. And this is a story where one boy gets his dream and proves to the world he and his dragon are just as good as the rest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eddy Tampa, FL, United States 06-09-09
    Eddy Tampa, FL, United States 06-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Pern is a must visit"

    The White Dragon, like the Masterharper of Pern, spans over the same time line as many of the other books combined and is a much listen for all Pern lovers and those who haven't visited Pern yet. From the birth of the white dragon, to the visit to the red star - Pern is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 07-17-08
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 07-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Best of the Dragonriders series"

    This is my favorite story from the Dragonriders series and Dick Hill is an able narrator. The world is wonderfully fleshed out and inviting. McCaffrey does an interesting trick with the third book in this trilogy- the main characters from the first two books become supporting characters for the third which allows different aspects of their personalities to come out because you see them from a different point of view. I strongly recommend the first two books in this series, Dragonflight and Dragonquest, as well as the Harperhall trilogy (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger and Dragondrums).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 12-18-08
    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 12-18-08

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    "Entertaining Listen"

    Clear narration and entertaining listen. One of the better books within the saga.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pettijohn San Jose, CA United States 03-27-12
    R. Pettijohn San Jose, CA United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book - Bad Narrator"

    Narration: Dick Hill, while not the worst is certainly not the best by any means. He range of voices is limited and it sounds like his lips are right up next to the mic so you can hear every little slup or smack as he speaks. I really enjoyed Sally Darlings reading of a few of the books - she had a grandmotherly way about her voice, as if you were listening to Anne McCaffrey reading to you. You get a good example of Dick Hill's reading, slupping and all in the example listen. So have a listen and then thing of hours upon hours of that.

    Story - Very nicely written, a classic in every sense of the word. If you haven't read any of the Dragon Riders of Pern books, start with Dragon Flight and skip anything by Todd McCaffrey (Anne's son - he can't write to save his soul).

    I am always amazed when reading these books, I seem to pick up new things with each reading. And I do read this series more than listen. Dick Hill was very annoying and I'm not likely to relisten to him.

    Have a listen to the Harper Hall Series by Anne McCaffrey - Same world as The White Dragon (and others in the Dragonriders of Pern Series) but with imho a better narrator!

    Or start another great series by Anne McCaffrey and pick up "The Rowan" another great listen/book and very good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharri Wenatchee, WA, United States 02-11-12
    Sharri Wenatchee, WA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love those Dragon Riders!"
    Would you listen to The White Dragon again? Why?

    I would listen to this book over & over again. I've read it already at least 3 times, And I seldom re-read any book no matter how much I enjoy it. But Pern..... I enjoy visiting there often.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ruth & Jaxom: their relationship & how smart Ruth is!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jaxom & Ruth's returning Ramoth's Queen Egg!!


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

    The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern.
    I wouldn't change a thing & keep it true the words of our dear Anne McCaffrey.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the narration by Dick Hill. He has a good wide range of voices for all the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 11-07-08
    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 11-07-08
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    "Worth Repeating!"

    I read these books sometime ago and enjoyed them immensely! With Audible.com, I can hear a talented reader with a good voice read them to me while I do other things with my eyes and hands, like painting, counted thread embroidery, crochet or knitting etc, things from which I cannot necessarily look up to glance at the TV.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAINT MARIES, ID, United States 04-01-14
    Amazon Customer SAINT MARIES, ID, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"
    What did you love best about The White Dragon?

    One of my favorite books. I love the characters and the wonderful storyline.


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

    I haven't heard him before but am looking forward to them soon.


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

    Of course. It's hard to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Reno, NV, United States 12-04-13
    Amazon Customer Reno, NV, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2004

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    "I Love It!"

    Wish I would have written this review when I finished reading/listening this book. I have already started another in the Pern series (Dragonsdawn/Dragonriders's Dawn).

    Okay, let's see. I remember loving The White Dragon more than the others the first time I read it. Maybe that was because I read it after the Menolly stories last time around. Don't get me wrong, I loved Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums. As a music major at the time I was thrilled by the music of Pern. But White Dragon was more mature with a wider vocabulary. It also helped titrated me up to the rest of the books of Pern. This time I was more interested in the trials of the way Pern, herself, demands that traditions be challenged.

    The name Ruth, in my life, has been a female name, so it still throws me that the white dragon is Ruth. He named himself. Who would argue with a dragon? Still, I loved the book. Can't say if it is my favorite this round. We'll see!

    This time I am listening to the Audible versions while reading the paper book (hard back). I love Dick Hall's voice, especially when he does his rendition of Masterharper Robinton. He keeps the characters individualized. And the voices for the females are not silly. It is a pleasure to listen to his voice.

    Oh, the book form for this was Dragonriders of Pern which had the three books: Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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