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Publisher's Summary

Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. Join the original survey team as they explore Pern and decide to recommend it for colonization. Share the terror of the evacuation from the Southern Continent as a flotilla of ships, aided by intelligent, talking dolphins, braves the currents of the Pernese ocean. Learn how the famous Ruatha Hold was founded, and thrill with the dragonriders as they expand into a second, then a third Weyr. And discover a secret lost in time - the rescue of some of the original colonists before the planet was cut off forever.

Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons - The Dragonriders of Pern!

Anne McCaffrey suggests The Chronicles of Pern should be followed by The Dolphins of Pern.

©1993 Anne McCaffrey (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of American Audio Literature

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  • Nightveil
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 08-11-09

Good stories, poorly read.

A collection of short stories raking place in the early years of Pern, including the initial survey of the planet, First Fall is a good listen overall. Unfortunately, the reader, Meredith MacRae, is bland and lifeless. All of the stories feature multiple characters and MacRae's reading and lack of inflection or characterization makes it difficult to follow who's who. Likewise, it's very difficult to differentiate between male and female characters as MacRae fails to alter her vocal pitch at all.

The stories themselves are well written, but the actual reading makes for a difficult and distracting listen.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Poor reading ruins this

I couldn't even finish listening to part one. I only gave it one star because I believe the story has to be better than the reading. While a perfect and clear English speaker, the reader makes no effort to make any character voices whatsoever, and inflection is limited to basic grammar-based emphasis (like lilts for questions, and emphasis for exclamations). Grade wouldn't even be above a "D" for a public speaking class, let alone as a book narrator. She makes me drowsy. Choose a different reader, or a printed book over this disappointment!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I enjoy Dick Hill as narrator best.

The few women that have narrated just can't pull off the right tone.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great history on How Pern was settled

This is great for those who want to know how it all started. MacRae is not a good narrator, though. It was very difficult to follow her as she read - she runs the sentences together so it is hard to tell when there is a new sentence starting. I only stuck with it to know the history.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dreadful Narration!

What would have made The Chronicles of Pern better?

Having Dick Hill continue his narration from "Dragonsdawn" and the "Dragonriders" trilogy. I only rated this so low across the board to drive down the overall four star rating. I enjoyed the stories and Anne's writing is impeccable once again, this just could have been better if either Dick Hill or Mel Foster had read it.

Has The Chronicles of Pern turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Meredith MacRae’s performances?

Absolutely not!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great story and depth. Makes me love the characters.

Any additional comments?

Just want to reinforce that all my one stars were simply to drive down the overall average and emphasize that the narration ruined the audiobook as a whole.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The narration wasn't as bad as some reviews state.

Each story nicely fills in a back story hole. Thanks narration, however could be better. The most difficult part was when she moves from one sentence to the next with barely a pause. It can also, sometimes, be difficult to tell when switching between characters in the dialog sections.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story, bad narration

I enjoyed the various stories and getting to know the history, but the narrator makes it very difficult to know who is speaking. I also found her pronunciation of some names very irritating, in paticular Torrene's, both of which are why i gave this a 3 star rating.

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Decent story, awkward reader.

The awkward inflections and complete lack of difference between character voices made this a tougher listen than it should have been. It felt completely unnatural, and kept pulling me out of the story.

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The Pern Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

| will recommend all the Dragon Riders of Pern books. They are all well written, interesting, and enthalling. I have listened to them all several times and found myself totally engrossed every time. Truly great reading or listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronicles of Pern?

The entire book.

Which character – as performed by Meredith MacRae – was your favorite?

All are interesting and believable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Live the world of Dragons!

Any additional comments?

Absolutely terrific series.

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Loved it!

Very good animated narration! Anne McCaffrey is a wonderful author!!! I look forward to listening to the next in my chronological list of Pern stories!

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  • Kerrie Challenger
  • 02-05-18

Disapointment

The book was incomplete and repeated the first 13 chapters to fill the 24 chapters. Not at all how I remember the original book. Very sad and disappointed.