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Thread: deadly silver strands that fall from the sky like rain, devouring every organic thing in their path - animals, plants, and people alike. Who could believe that such a horrible thing could exist? After all, it's been 200 years since Thread supposedly fell on Pern. No one alive remembers that first onslaught. There's no sign of it anywhere in the world. Only the dragons, originally created to be a weapon against Thread, are still around to remind people that once before their population was decimated, their hopes and dreams and livelihoods almost destroyed forever.

For two centuries the dragonriders have been practicing and training, passing down from generation to generation the Threadfighting techniques learned on the fly by their besieged ancestors. And most of the Lord Holders are prepared to protect their people, to provide sanctuary, to assemble groundcrews to search out and destroy any Thread that might be missed by the dragons soaring overhead. All but one.

Even now the ominous signs are appearing: the violent winter storms and volcanic eruptions that are said to herald the approach of the Red Star and its lethal spawn. Impossibly, one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe - and that disbelief could spell disaster for all of Pern. So while the dragonriders desperately train to face an enemy they've never fought before, they and the other Lord Holders must find a way to deal with Chalkin and protect Bitra.

©2007 Anne McCaffrey (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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Narration is distracting.

This one is a great chapter in the Pernese saga.

The narration severely diatracts from the storyline. The articulation of speech is too strong: it feels like a forced performance. The narrator's depiction of the characters give every single character a distasteful persona. However, the dragons' speech was very cleverly differentiated.

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Excellent Narration

I love the way the narrator speaks for the dragons. Nice touch and makes for such an enjoyable listen!

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Awesome!

Loved it! As a Pern fan, I was hesitant about audible versions measuring up to the imagination that Anne McCaffrey inspires. But this performance was excellent!

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  • Gigi
  • Cincinnati, OH United States
  • 11-22-09

Excellent book, poor recording

The book itself is excellent (as are most of the books in the Dragonriders of Pern series). What was disapointed was the quality of the recording, it sounded like it was recorded in a tunnel...even when downloaded at the best audio quality Audible offers. The narrator was also not up to Anne McCaffrey standards for previous books. The audiobook overall sounded amateurish.

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Dragonseye

Another fantastic book from the Dragonriders of Pern series. This story begins 250 years after the first fall. That is a lot of time in between each fall of thread. With so much time it is understandable that some begin to question if thread will ever fall again.

One of those that doesn't believe thread fall will return is a cruel Lord Holder. A lot of the story is around this despicable and cruel man. They go into how he treats his guests as well as his own holders. He doesn't get ready for the imminent fall and thus puts his own people in jeopardy.

I loved getting to know the other Lord Holders and the Dragon riders who are all getting ready for the thread fall to come. They train and clear land around each hold. They have lost so much of the technology that they came to this planet with. It is interesting to hear how they get along without that technology and the steps they take to fix issues that they have with more simple or non technological ideas. It is a lot for these people to take with never having faced thread before and having to train and get ready for something that is so frightening.

The characters are fantastic and the story is wonderful. I am really enjoying reading these books in chronological order.

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Another fun and exhilarating adventure on Pern!

What a wonderful book! The characters and plot were so intriguing! I loved having both dragonrider and non-draginrider PoVs in the same book! I loved learning about the forming/creating of the Teaching Songs, and about what life was like as they started losing the more advanced technology of the "ancients"! And Dick Hill's performance was great! He had such distinct voices for each individual character and was able to convey different emotions for each!

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Excellent

one of my favorite series, and stands up to the test of time. beautifully depicted relationships while progressing the history of Pern.

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Uneven story, but good narration

Great build up and interesting new characters for the beginning of the second pass - if a bit cliched and outdated at this point socially. Unfortunately, the ending felt rushed and the denouement was nearly non-existent. It was a very, "wait, we're done?" sorry of ending that left me unsatisfied. The Irish and European accents of the narrator's rendition were refreshing, though.

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Another Good Book

good story. but was unable to tell the gender of the character speaking at times.

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still a good read

a good pernicious story, covering more of the Pernese lore. it was great to explore one of my favorite childhood worlds.