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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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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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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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terrible narrative. awesome book

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

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The Masterharper of Pern

I remember Robinton, Masterharper of Pern always being one of my favorite characters. Rereading this just emphasized that fact. This is the story of his life from a newborn until a bit after he becomes the Masterharper of Pern.

He is an incredible character with a wonderful story. His mother and father are both talented musically, which enhances the musical talent in him that he is a prodigy. He is close with his mother and really has no relationship with his father. His father is jealous of him because of the time he takes with his mother. The people in the Harper Hall pretty much all raise him. He turns out to be an incredible person, an amazing talent and one who can speak to dragons.

He goes through a lot as he grows up and the story is never dull. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the coming books. It definitely brought back all the love I had for these books. The previous books were alright, but this one shows the real talent of Anne McCaffrey and why the stories of Pern are so captivating and loved.

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Excellent!

Excellent book! Well performed and brilliant writing. Loved it all! I look forward to listening to it again.

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Excellent rendition!

One of my favorite Mc Caffery books read by an excellent narrator! A must listen?

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Robinton is my hero

I have loved the whole Dragonriders of Pern series--at least those written solely by Anne McCaffrey. Didn't enjoy the collaborations or her son's so much, but then it would always be hard to improve.

Especially love the Robinton saga and this is a fitting end to the story of the very last pass of thread. Having read them all, the joy of listening to a great recording was a double pleasure.

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Very good !!

The life history of Masterharper Robinton explains and expands upon items touched on in previous books . Well done .

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It's ok

I think this story tried too hard. It's attempt to fill in the "holes" of the timelines does not work for me.

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Love this series

I’m really enjoying this series and really like the narration. He manages to add life and feeling to the story. As this is my all time favourite series I will be buying more. Everyone should visit Pern