A Gift of Dragons

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anne McCaffrey

Narrated By: Lee Meriwether

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2002

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.

Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume. In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of all. In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire. The “Runner of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky. And finally, a very special gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time, fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

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  • Anonymous

    This is actually a collection of short stories that all follow the same theme. The stories themselves are okay but there is no action...no suspense...no romance...nothing of real interest except the choosing for riders by newly hatched dragons. It's not really a bad listen if you like that sort of thing but it's not what I was looking for.

  • Gina Meyers

    Loved it!! Classic McCaffrey!! Leaves me wanting more!!!!!

  • Nikhil Rathod

    Out of the 3 stories that I heard so far, the quality of only the one about Keevan becoming a dragon-rider is good. Additionally, the quality of narration is low-key. The changing of voices for different characters is also not done very well. The resultant effect is almost sleep-inducing, which is not what you want while driving. I am giving it 2 & 1 only because of the quality of the Keevan story.

  • Bev Berry

    I liked it. I had not ever read any of these books but will probably look for more of them in the future.

  • Jason C

    Overall a decent listen, but I wouldn't top your bookshelf with it. My main complaints are the reader and the far-to-typical content of the stories; both decent at best.

  • Chad

    A great collection of Dragon related stories. The best is "The Girl Who Heard Dragons"

  • Kris Sellers

    I was disappointed in the new tale. It did not follow dragon-lore as Ms. McCaffrey has described it in other books. (ie... Not knowing which egg belongs to the Queen dragonet; Dragons being able to talk to anyone, if they want too; Female riders of non-queens being the norm; etc) Just very different. Other than that, very enjoyable story plots. Nice short stories. Lee Merriweather does a good narration.

  • Talmadge V Vessels Jr

    Another fine tale from the Mistress of Pern. If you enjoy dragons and the magical spell your own mind weaves when you just think about such creatures then this is the story you should read or listen to next. Enjoy the journey and the spell only McCaffrey can spin. This one deserves a big "YES" vote.

  • Robin Miller

    I found this to be an engaging collection of Pernese short stories. Several of them, like the Runner of Pern, showed a different side to Pern life than just the usual dragonrider fare.

  • Catherine Franchett

    It has been a while since I read the dragon books and this audio book brought back the wonderful world of Pern. Definately a joy to listen to.