Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2005
9 hours 16 minutes
Volume I of The Dragonriders of Pern®, the groundbreaking series by master storyteller Anne McCaffrey

On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivor—her parents murdered, her birthright stolen—a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will rise—upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and Pern will be changed forever.
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Margaret Joiner

I was slightly put off at first that a man was narrating an Anne McCaffrey book, but he actually did a great job bringing the characters' voices to life. As always, Anne's book was fabulous and has me hooked on the series now.

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I tried this audiobook after having been disappointed by an abridged recording of the same tale by a narrator who seemed to fly through the reading with no regard for dramatic impact. I was not sure about the narrator at first. but shortly into the tale his voice became soothing and expected. The only complaint I have are some of the choices of accent for less prominent characters who would go on to be more prominent in later entries of the series, but one person voicing a cast of characters as wide and deep as Pern boasts can only do so much. Anne McCaffrey's writing, of course, rarely disappoints.

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Carole Elliott

great fantasy book , I can't believe it was written in 1968 !

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Story is engaging, writing is solid and good. Quality of the recording left a little to be desired. I could hear background voices on some of the tracks that was distracting.

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Sergio C.

I cannot fathom the thought process of those who do not like Dick Hill's narration. All I needed to do was hear him give Robinton's speech about the wolves at the heights and I found him to be definitive gold. This story holds up as the bedrock by which Pern stands. For me, it is a classic in every single way. I'm glad to revisit this story every few months. If this is your first time entering Pern, I know you will be in for a once in a lifetime journey. If you're coming back, I hope you feel all that I feel.

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Tamara R. H.

I love this series of books! If dragons were in assistance on this world I imagine this would be a realistic scenario they might exist. in.

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Rosemary C.

Read this series years ago. Really liked it so thought I would listen this time around. Not sure the difference but just couldn’t get into it. Dick hill narrator spoke just a little to fast even though on 1x speed. Didn’t catch a hint of Reacher in any of the characters.

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