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Summary

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.
Don't miss the other books in the Harper Hall Trilogy.
©1979 Anne McCaffrey (P)1992 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

"Young people will be entranced again by Pern's ways and in Piemur find an impulsive, thoroughly sympathetic hero." ( School Library Journal)
"As deftly structured and as smoothly written as its predecessors." ( Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
"All dragonrider fans will want to read it." ( Voice of Youth Advocates)

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  • Anna
  • stockholmSweden
  • 31-05-10

Excellent narrator

I read the harper series nearly twenty years ago and absolutely loved it, so I knew the story before I listened to it on Audible. I was somewhat hesitant though, as I have found several of my favourite books absolutely RUINED by poor narrators with grating voices, but Ms Darling does an excellent job portraying a vast array of personalities. She has a very pleasant voice and it was a pleasure listening to the story.

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Hooked on Pern all over again

The narration by Sally Darling captures the atmosphere and characters. One of McCaffrey's most delightful!

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My guilty schmaltz

What made the experience of listening to Dragondrums the most enjoyable?

My favourite McCaffrey book by far - always connected with this one since I first read it in the eighties - sympathetically read by Sally Darling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragondrums?

Always grabs my gut in the last few sentences.

Have you listened to any of Sally Darling’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Sally Darling is the best reader I've heard of Anne and Todd McCaffrey's work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Piemur's my favourite McCaffrey creation. The book and this reading really do him justice.

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  • Sue
  • Wakefield, United Kingdom
  • 20-08-11

Wonderful

I loved these books years ago and this reading brought back all of the magic. Lovely.

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Excellent reproduction

Having been a fan of Anne McCaffrey for many years this audio book did not dissapoint.
I hope to find and listen to many more.

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  • Eileen
  • 13-06-08

Dragon Dreams

This is another favorite author of mine from my adolescence. I am rereading them with my ears and finding them more enjoyable than ever. The wonderful tales thread together to create a world of dragons. Yet the story is still a story of human relations, charactors, emotions, life and society. In each book we can find our selves and those we know.

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  • Thomas Aaron Vansant
  • 31-10-15

Enthralling story

Where does Dragondrums rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say it's average. I've listened to some great ones!

What did you like best about this story?

Anne McCaffrey's world-building is brilliant. She is truly a master. Also, even though this is the third book in the series, it really stands on its own as a story and I could easily see someone reading and enjoying it who knew very little about Pern at all.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really feel as though Sally Darling's voice isn't appropriate for these books. It feels like your grandmother is sitting down to read you a story, which might be great in some cases, but these books are just too cool for that to be effective.

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  • Alex
  • 18-04-18

love it!

This is one of my favorite books to listen to. Everything is very well done.

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  • Robin
  • 24-03-18

Wonderful

This is the best series and my favourite of all her books. A series I have reread time and again over the years. It’s great to have in all three formats. I will be buying the rest of the Pern books in audio as it is really nice to listen while doing other things

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  • Tom D
  • 23-03-18

Great story

My favorite book of the Harperhall trilogy. This is one I will listen to over and over again.
Sally Darling did a wonderful job in her narration of this story, she is much improved over her droll and boring narration of Dragonsong.

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  • Jennifer Godin
  • 01-03-18

Brings back memories!

I loved this series while growing up. I had signed copies, but alas they got destroyed between being read a lot and moving from place to place while I was in the military.

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  • Mathias
  • 08-01-18

Weakest of an excellent trilogy

Starts very strong, but gets lost partway through, then ends very abruptly with the protagonist having only a minimal affect on the outcome. but another excellent performance by the reader.

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  • E6AFret
  • 25-09-17

Very good book

The 5th book in the series that I have had the pleasure of enjoying . Now it is on to The White Dragon .

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  • barefootlove
  • 01-06-17

Love Pern

I wish I could live there! Being a dragon rider or a Harper or a crafter! Awesome!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-17

Dragondrums

I have read this many times, it is an old friend, but Sally Darling's reading brought it to live, well done.