• Dragondrums

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,578 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.
Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.
©1979 Anne McCaffrey (P)1992 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Young people will be entranced again by Pern's ways and in Piemur find an impulsive, thoroughly sympathetic hero." ( School Library Journal)
"As deftly structured and as smoothly written as its predecessors." ( Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
"All dragonrider fans will want to read it." ( Voice of Youth Advocates)

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Dragon Dreams

This is another favorite author of mine from my adolescence. I am rereading them with my ears and finding them more enjoyable than ever. The wonderful tales thread together to create a world of dragons. Yet the story is still a story of human relations, charactors, emotions, life and society. In each book we can find our selves and those we know.

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Enthralling story

Where does Dragondrums rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say it's average. I've listened to some great ones!

What did you like best about this story?

Anne McCaffrey's world-building is brilliant. She is truly a master. Also, even though this is the third book in the series, it really stands on its own as a story and I could easily see someone reading and enjoying it who knew very little about Pern at all.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really feel as though Sally Darling's voice isn't appropriate for these books. It feels like your grandmother is sitting down to read you a story, which might be great in some cases, but these books are just too cool for that to be effective.

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I really enjoyed it!

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love Anne and Sally.

Enjoyed this immensely. never tire of reading and rereading about Pern and the dragons

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Loved it!

I love PERN and it's dragons! I am glad Anne McCaffery shared it with us! This is what you would call a coming of age story. There is a little sex, but not blatant. So it is up to each family.

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Great read!!

Loved it. One of my favorites!!
One thing that drives me nuts is the change in pronunciation of some names. ..

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Dragondrums of Pern

I have enjoyed this book for s long time. I am very pleased.to have it in audio form!

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Great story, plenty of action

In this third book of the Harper Hall series of the Pern novels, Dragondrums, Menolly’s friend Piemur suddenly fears for his position in the Harper Hall. His voice is changing, and he does not know if he will be sent home because he can no longer sing.

This is a great story with plenty of action. Piemur is a great if unexpected, character.

Master Harper Robinton suspects that the notorious scamp can be made useful, however. He has him assigned to the Drum Tower to learn the various drum messages used to carry information on Pern. Piemur is warned that he needs to work hard and stay out of trouble, or the drum master may want to get rid of him.

The drum master is not so much of a problem, and Piemur, afraid of being sent away from the Hall, works hard and learns all the drum cadences he is set to work on very quickly. But the other apprentices a) don’t like him and/or b) are afraid he will somehow cause them to lose their places. They treat him very badly, to the point where their supposed practical jokes endanger his life.

On hearing of this, Master Robinton begins to send him out on the type of missions he has envisioned for Piemur – gathering information on the goings-on at the various holds and weyrs. He succeeds beyond anybody’s wildest dreams, but again it almost costs him his life. He does finally get his own fire lizard out of the deal, however.

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Get the full story

This is classic Anne McCaffrey, and a fun tale. Be sure you get this version. There is also an abridged version only 1/3 as long, and it is terrible. It leaves out all the color and charm of her writing!

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Piemur

One of the best. Perfect for a summer read
Anne mccaffery knows how to hold an audience

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  • Anna
  • 05-31-10

Excellent narrator

I read the harper series nearly twenty years ago and absolutely loved it, so I knew the story before I listened to it on Audible. I was somewhat hesitant though, as I have found several of my favourite books absolutely RUINED by poor narrators with grating voices, but Ms Darling does an excellent job portraying a vast array of personalities. She has a very pleasant voice and it was a pleasure listening to the story.

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  • Tasha Walsh
  • 09-13-15

Hooked on Pern all over again

The narration by Sally Darling captures the atmosphere and characters. One of McCaffrey's most delightful!

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  • Alice
  • 12-29-20

Pronunciations were a bit odd, great book.

I Enjoyed this continuation of the story, but it was a shame about the narrator.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 12-22-20

Adventures of piemer

loved listening to this story, gentle but with passion explaining more about Pern and how this young boy played his part.

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  • waganga
  • 07-20-15

My guilty schmaltz

What made the experience of listening to Dragondrums the most enjoyable?

My favourite McCaffrey book by far - always connected with this one since I first read it in the eighties - sympathetically read by Sally Darling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragondrums?

Always grabs my gut in the last few sentences.

Have you listened to any of Sally Darling’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Sally Darling is the best reader I've heard of Anne and Todd McCaffrey's work.

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

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Piemur's my favourite McCaffrey creation. The book and this reading really do him justice.

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  • Sue
  • 08-20-11

Wonderful

I loved these books years ago and this reading brought back all of the magic. Lovely.

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  • Sean A.
  • 03-31-11

Excellent reproduction

Having been a fan of Anne McCaffrey for many years this audio book did not dissapoint.
I hope to find and listen to many more.

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  • mrsvee
  • 11-02-16

Pronunciations spoil reading.

Why is 'shone' pronounced 'shown' - that is worst and most frequent. And again so much emphasis is misplaced- please, rehearse each chapter before recording.

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