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On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread.

But it has been over 400 years since the last Threadfall, and some people have come to doubt that the menace will every strike again. But F'lar, rider of Pern's greatest bronze dragon, has no such illusions. The Red Star is near; Thread will fall soon.

Book another flight with the Dragonriders of Pern.
©1968 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1993 Brilliance Audio

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I really cant explain why i don't like this book.

i like the author but not sure why i don't like this book. I tried again.

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Why change the term "thread" to "threads"?

The original stories used the term "thread" in the singular.The change is presumptive and offensive.

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I love this book series !

I will not go into a review of this book other than to say I truly enjoy this series of books . I read them initially more than 20 years ago . Now sitting and listening to them brings back many happy memory . I cannot read well due to a visual impairment so the Audible series is a joy !

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Utterly disappointed.

I have loved this series since it was first published. It was the first sci-fi/fantasy series I ever read. I thought it would be cool to have it read to me. I can't tell you how awful it is. This narrator makes F'lar sound like some egotistical warlord. God knows what that accent is supposed to be. If this was my first introduction I would never have made it to Ramoth's hatching, much less read the entire series over and over again. My heartfelt recommendation is to read these books, don't listen to them.

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love pern

I love reading the books then re-living them in audio, great narration too! Being a dragon Rider on Pern is one of my favorite fantasies.

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Idiotic but charming

I won't spoil the fun for new readers but the plot is absurd and the ending is stupid. Enjoy!

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Solid Fantasy from an Earlier Time

While I would say this is solid and well written fantasy, I have heard some say this is sexist. Perhaps for our time it is. Ironically in its time it was on the radical edge of feminism. Times have changed, but I feel the core of this story is still a good one and worth listening to.

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Took a little to get into

The narrator took a while to get used to, but the story was compelling. I would recommend this book.

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Can't finish it!

If you could sum up Dragonflight in three words, what would they be?

Ruined Flar's voice!

What did you like best about this story?

I've read this book many times, as well as the rest of the Pern books. I enjoy the way the character's interact, and problem solve. Their dragons as well.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voice changes don't usually bother me so much, but Flar's voice just blew the whole character I had visualized. So old and gruff! It was like hearing Gandalf when you were expecting Mr. Darcy.

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

It would have been.

Any additional comments?

I'll probably never finish it, or get any more narrated by that guy.

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Good Story; Great Audio

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

Among the highest. Not the very top, but definitely in the top 20.

What did you like best about this story?

The uniqueness of the world McCaffrey developed, and the realistic magic involved.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

He had a good voice and emoted at proper times. He also changed voices so that it wasn't difficult to determine who in the story was speaking.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't burst into laughter or cry at any given point. My most extreme reaction was being irritated at Lessa's childish avior at the end of the story.

Any additional comments?

It surprises me that this was written in 1968. McCaffrey was an author ahead of her time, and a fantastic one at that.