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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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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.

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  • ericbyers
  • Malvern, AR, United States
  • 03-25-11

not a homerun

I found this one very hard to follow spent half the time trying to figure out what time period they are in, the narration was ok and the story itself was slow with little charater building not my fav

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