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The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly, deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider.

And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed - Dragons!

©1993 Anne McCaffrey (P)1993, 2016 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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Very Dissapointing

Sadly a very poor effort. Strange pauses in sentences, gaps in the story and a very harsh voice narrating what was once a lovely tale of Pern. As a rework, it failed. I shall return this version and hope one day it will be recorded properly.

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So disappointing

I really should have read the other reviews before being this. Anne McCaffrey is one of my favourite authors, and I have read all her Pern books many times over the years. I was really looking forward to this one, but wow, what a let-down.

The narrator is truly awful, and can't pronounce so many common words correctly, not to mention her dismal attempt at an Irish accent. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry.

Also this abridged. No, that's not the correct term. This has been butchered by a psychopath. There is no attempt to make a coherent whole out of the story, and instead huge chunks have just been left out, causing a confusing stop-start with new characters and scenes popping up at random.

I really can't find the words to say how bad this is. I wish there was a better version, as this is one of my favourites of the series, but I can't seem to find one.

Take my advice: save your money/credits and listen to something that is not produced and read by the team that created this monster.

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Abridged and seemed to jump around

the book was great, this I struggled with, it seems to be badly put together and failed to hold my attention .

disappointed

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Abridged, badly.

Abridged by removing random passages, some of which were important. this was not advertised in the blurb. American narrator cannot pronounce European place names.

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Great story bad version

The story itself is a good this version however not worth the money. Terrible narration mispronounced names awful fake Irish accent seriously it is that bad it actually detracted from the story. This is a version of this great book I regret wasting a credit on not worth it just read the book yourself you'll likely enjoy the story more absolutely terrible performance by the narrator also far to much has been removed leaving glaring gaps its just not worth the time taken to listen to this version.

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Good story

It was a good story, but was struggling with keeping the characters separated with so many portrayed a lot alike

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Abridged

I took a chance buying direct from audible. No where obvious did it say that the book was abridged and poorly chopped up I might add. For what is usually a beautiful story of Pern, I was heartily disappointed. Shame on you audible, be clear in your marketing

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Awful Butchering of a Great Book

This is NOT a complete and unabridged version of the original book. In fact it is a précis of the original and a bad précis at that. Whole paragraphs and their meaning are missing and overall it is an awful butchering of a brilliant story that comes across as half written and incomplete. The characters become one dimensional and pathetic, and the story fails to excite at all.

When you then add the crass production the rushed and clipped narration and the awful accents I became so annoyed with the performance that I had to stop listening to it.

This ‘production’ of a great story by a great writer is about the worst I have ever come across on audible and it does not deserve to be in the brands stable of excellent work. In contrast the White Dragon book is excellent, well performed and unabridged, so I was devastated to follow up by listening to this drivel. If I was associated with the Anne McCaffery estate I would want this product withdrawn from sale and reproduced in a new unabridged version and read by an empathetic performer with a good range of accents and acting skill.

As it stands I would not recommend this version of the book to anyone at all and I don’t recommend listening to it!!

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A rushed read and parts missed out

Big chunks are missed out of the story and the narration is gravelly. Bad accent

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disjointed and difficult to follow

I wish I had believed the other reviews. this abridged version of a much loved tale is so reduced in content no characters develop into individuals, its a bare summary of the story line with very disjointed snippets of the original work.

I wouldn't bother.

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  • Rock Hound
  • 10-08-18

Abridged, poor quality.

It did not state in the summary that this version is abridged. I've read the book, I know it is a good story, but it makes no sense in this recording. Adrienne Barbeau is not a good narrator, all the characters sound the same. The quality of the "remastered" recording is terrible.

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  • Cameron Stewart
  • 08-04-21

Absolutely fantastic start to this series.

So many happy memories from when I was a teenager reading this book series for the first time. Loved listening to the start of the Dragons of Pern books all over again. Now on to the next one. Yyaahh.

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  • Mona J. Nachtsheim
  • 20-05-20

Dragons of Pern

I have always loved Anne McCaffrey, iam sad that this book ended way to soon.