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Summary

The third Dragonriders of Pern novel from the New York Times best seller Anne McCaffrey.

There has never been a dragon quite like Ruth - he's small, agile, able to communicate with fire lizards and has an uncanny ability to know exactly when he is. His bond with the young Lord Holder Jaxom is uniquely strong thanks to their unlikely connection and the fact that nearly everybody else on Pern thought the diminutive dragon wouldn't survive to adulthood. With Jaxom set to inherit control of his Hold, the pair is banned from fighting Thread, their flying time strictly limited at the insistence of the Weyrleaders and Lord Holders.

Stuck halfway between the Holds and Weyrs, Jaxom and Ruth decide to train in secret, learning how to fight Thread and how to fly through time. Their illicit flights seem like a small rebellion against the expectations of their elders, until they find themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all....

©2012 Anne McCaffrey (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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really disappointed

i have been looking for an audible version of the white dragon for a long time,having found it i settled back to enjoy listening to it only to have it ruined by the narrator

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The best dragon rider book.

The story is great but the narrator isn't very good in my opunion & the creepy voice used for Ruth is really bad. Frankly it ruins the character almost completely & detracts from the performance & story, which is a massive shame.

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Narration the white dragon

The narrator of the white dragon almost ruined the recording please don’t use them again

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Just as I imagined it the first time

I read these a very long time ago and this was just as I imagined

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Story Fantastic! Reader Disappointing

Very disappointed with this audio of a book that I’ve read n reread n though the story itself is great, it’s really let down by the reader, who seems to have no idea of what he’s actually doing. Ruth sounds like a crotchety old man, Robinton (who’s voice is supposed to be so descriptive???) is not much better. Pacing of sentences n paragraphs etc is quite often said so wrong that the emphasis of the story is lost, etc, etc.

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Another thrilling tale, 1 small quibble

Never get tired of Anne McCaffrey 's dragon tales. This one of Ruth and Jaxom showing what determination can prove. My quibble however is that across all the different Pern books now in audible each narrator has their own way of pronouncing the characters names. I personally find it annoying that there is no set way. The authors family must be able to provide the correct way that Anne had in her mind while writing. and those co-written with family members the same. To have that continuity would make the story flow much better.

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Great Book, Horrendous Narrator

I love this book however it has been ruined due to this awful narration. May have ruined it for me for a long time now.

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enjoyable

it's good to hear a modern classic brought back. well read and can't wait to look for more.

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Disappointing choice of narrator

I have loved Anne McCaffrey’s books and this is a great story, however, the whole thing is ruined by by the narrator. He succeeded in Making the main character sound like A petulant teenager! The main female characters sounded like they were working the back streets and as for the voices of the dragons, they sounded like waspish old men. This was completely the wrong choice of narrator for this book, I have heard him do other books and reading those he was fine, but not for this. I have been anticipating all of Anne MCaffrey’s book being made into audio books, but this version was a true disappointment. Please Please make the right choice for the next books.

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Justice done to my favourite Pern novel

Loved this and the variety of voices for the different characters... I especially liked Ruth's voice being brought to life 😊

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The narration part is great, the voices less so. Ruth has always been my favourite dragon, but in this he just sounds like an old man, and there’s nothing to let us know when he, or the other dragons, talk with their riders, it sounds like all the other conversations in here. Ruins the narration for me