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Publisher's 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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Pronunciations spoil reading.

Why is 'shone' pronounced 'shown' - that is worst and most frequent. And again so much emphasis is misplaced- please, rehearse each chapter before recording.

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  • Eileen
  • 13-06-2008

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
  • 31-10-2015

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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  • Karen G.
  • 25-09-2020

Dragondrums of Pern

I have enjoyed this book for s long time. I am very pleased.to have it in audio form!

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  • Kindle Customer2004
  • 16-02-2021

Great read!!

Loved it. One of my favorites!!
One thing that drives me nuts is the change in pronunciation of some names. ..

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  • Martha Skye Martin
  • 07-02-2021

A very enjoyable listen!

I really enjoy listening to Sally Darling's performances of Anne McCaffrey's novels. She uses her voice to delineate between the characters, thus adding depth and charm to hear narration.

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  • Brynn Rabinowitz
  • 12-01-2021

A thrilling conclusion

It is just as good as I remembered! #harpers #firelizards #southerncontinent
Great way to end the trilogy. I wish there was more.

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  • JULIA
  • 27-11-2020

Another of my favorites

I've been enjoying Anne's books for at least 30 years, and was so glad when they were put on CD - because then I could do more than just eat at the same time! And as Audible 'books' it's easy to listen anywhere, without the hassle of lugging the CDs around ... and my phone is ALWAYS with me.
The only downside is when different narrators are involved. Dick Hill was magnificent, SUCH a joy to hear in my ears the same stresses and inflections I'd "heard" so often in my head. The first MAJOR disappointment was All the Weyrs of Pern ... Mel Foster changed the pronunciation of characters and places!, AND had a very annoying voice - I guess "prissy" is what I'd call it; then there's the Harper Hall trilogy, read by Sally Darling ... her voice was good, but again, pronunciation so often WRONG. Seems it's only logical to refer to the first recordings and use the same, established forms: Meron's Hold was NAH-bol, not na-BOL, and Lioth's rider was ne-ton not en-ton. There were many other such unnecessary changes, and since I listen to them at least once a year it's very irritating. Obviously they won't be re-recorded, but it's sad.

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  • NYC Gal
  • 21-11-2020

terrific narrator for an excellent story

love this whole series. this narrator is one of the best I've heard. start with the first book in the sub-series.

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  • Jessica Long and Mark
  • 29-06-2020

Enjoyed the continued story of Pern.

This one is a favorite of mine. Dragons and fire lizards are great reading anytime.

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  • Laura L. Nagel
  • 24-02-2020

Dragondrums

Was very enjoyable listening. Really enjoy Sally Darling',s narrationof this series of books.

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  • Anna
  • 31-05-2010

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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  • Tasha Walsh
  • 13-09-2015

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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  • Alice
  • 29-12-2020

Pronunciations were a bit odd, great book.

I Enjoyed this continuation of the story, but it was a shame about the narrator.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 22-12-2020

Adventures of piemer

loved listening to this story, gentle but with passion explaining more about Pern and how this young boy played his part.

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  • waganga
  • 20-07-2015

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

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

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  • Sue
  • 20-08-2011

Wonderful

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

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  • Sean A.
  • 31-03-2011

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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