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The Masterharper of Pern Audiobook

The Masterharper of Pern

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Publisher's Summary

In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again - a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.

It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to doubt the return of that deadly scourge. They teach reading, writing, history, but Fax - who hates the harpers in general - is determined to keep his growing area of influence free of the learning that might sow unrest. And they extol the dragonriders, whom many view increasingly as a drain on the resources of the Holds. Now harpers are being turned away from the holds; and, worse yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten.

It is the climate of unrest that Robinton will come into his own. For despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself . . .so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when it at last returns!

©2005 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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    Jersey Girl 06-02-09
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    "Generally very enjoyable, some minor flaws"

    This is one of the better sequels, or in this case a prequel, to McCaffrey's original six Pern novels. Robinton is a great character and although she makes him suffer more disappointment in life than anybody should bear, McCaffrey fills in a lot of interesting "historical" detail leading up to Dragonquest. However, she sometimes errs in the details (how could Sebell simultaneously be an adolescent journeyman when Fax takes Ruatha hold and still be the same age some twenty years later when Menolly arrives at the Harper hall?)

    The narrator is generally very good and uses a variety of voices. My only quibble is that children and adolescent boys sound a bit too whiny and are delivered with a vaguely distracting NY/NJ style accent.

    Overall, highly enjoyable. I would order it again.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Dillon 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Plot holes galore, but more of Robinton"
    Would you listen to The Masterharper of Pern again? Why?

    Unfortunately, and in spite of the preface claiming someone found all the plot holes, there is a lot wrong with this book. The final chapter, which mirrors the very first book's opening chapters, is just so very off. Then there's the fact that Robinton spoke to dragons when he was young, but he somehow never knew that in the original books....

    Ah well. He falls in love, etc. and it brings together so many characters from the books. The Lady Holdless makes a brief cameo. You find out where Camo came from. Lessa shows up as a child. Parts of the story that (when they fit) are great to hear.

    My main criticism of the performance is that Dick Hill can NOT play a girl to save his life. He is always making them weepy and gaspingly emotional. Not one of the women comes off as strong or sensible. I'm glad I have the story, but it's not one I listen to often.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predicted by earlier books


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Robinton's predecessor as master Harper was just about right.


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

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    flaponygirl 01-21-17
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    "terrible narrative. awesome book"

    terrible narrator best book written love mccaffrey. wont recommend audible but will recommend book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-19-17
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    "Truly an enjoyment!"

    I have read most of the Pern books, this is one of the most delightful.

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    Billee-Jo Rogers 07-25-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent backstory"

    Probably the best book in her entire series, even above those that shot her to fame. For all that this is a prequel to the original trilogy, this story never stopped being exciting. The characters who were merely backdrop have become flesh and blood people, leaving us with a Pern more real than it's ever been before.

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    Dane Flewelling 06-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "overall, well done."

    the narrator has a smooth voice and it makes for a very relaxing Reed. It's obvious that he put a lot of effort into trying to make the book sound well. Only criticism is a couple awkwardly pronounce words and some weird breathing points in the middle of sentences.

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    Amazon Customer 06-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Master Harper Robenten"

    Loved it! Such a great story about Perns
    beloved Master Harper as he grows into his own.

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    The Motto Guy 04-08-17
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    "One of the most compelling stories in the series."

    This is one of the best back stories in the entire series. Of course it would have to be to really portray the character of the Master Harper of Pern.

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    bobbieàmeadows 03-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    I love this book it sounded it is a real good book, I'd like to get more of them I hope whoever reads it enjoys it.

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    Clarie DeWayne GUN BARREL CITY, TX, United States 02-24-17
    Clarie DeWayne GUN BARREL CITY, TX, United States 02-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A few details conflict with The Renegades"

    Great story to get the back story of The Renegades. An enjoyable story worth repeat listening.

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