But there is a definite difference between Todd McCaffrey's style and his fantastic Mother's. This was a somewhat frustrating listen with too many th..Show More »reads (pardon the pun) going every which way. Character's seemed to leapt to correct conclusions without much evidence to go on and Mr. McCaffrey seemed to not care too much about the fate of his characters and treated many- including the heroine a little coldly. If he does not care for the characters, what makes a reader?
I suggest Moreta Dragonlady of Pern before reading this. Maybe Todd's style will mature with time, but this seemed an amateur outing to Pern. It was like visiting your favorite vacation spot, only to find it under new (and less than capable) management.
I hope he improves on his next ventures and does his mother proud.
I was sorry to see one of my favorite authors put her name on this book. It started out as a conglomeration of several previous books with very littl..Show More »e originality. It ends as a lengthy and tedious account of sickness and dying. Very little was either original or interesting. I forced myself to finish the story in hopes there would be something redeeming. The narrator was good but it wasn't worth the effort or time.
This book takes on a new cast of characters in the Pern Dragonrider series. I've read, not listened to, many of the other books set in this world and ..Show More »thoroughly enjoyed them. The premise of this story is rather vague, the writing is awkward and the plot development is tediously slow. The end of this book seems very far away.
I love Pern and I have read all of the books. For the most part, I appreciate what Todd is doing to add to the canon of Anne McCaffrey's Pern; ..Show More »and the narrator here neither adds to nor detracts from the story. [Especially compared to the droning narration that makes so many of the audio versions of Anne's excellent books unlistenable.] Dragongirl, which had great potential, is an exercise in frustration. Every element of the story is belabored to death, rather than developed. There are random enjoyable bits, but mostly the characters keep waiting for an ominous something very bad to happen while everyone around them dies. The "something" finally seems to happens near the last few minutes of the book, but it's all rather vague. Their problems aren't resolved, most questions aren't answered, and the elements that seem to contradict Anne's books are left unexplained. There are hints about what's to come, but mostly it's a cliff hanger of the worst sort and left me unhappy with characters that I had become fond of in previous books.
This story was overly depressing, and used the Time Travel far too much. Honestly, this book was needlessly depressing, and I don't know that I'm look..Show More »ing forward to the next book. I gave it a three out of five, mostly from sentimentality, but really the story probably deserves a one. The performance, though, if there was a way to give a negative amount of stars I would do it. Emily Durante is the worst narrator I've ever heard, and I've had an account for three years now. If she narrates the next book, I might just skip it despite the fact that Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author when I was younger. I wish Todd would have been more like his mother in his writings... But I suppose that was too much to hope for.