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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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Disappointing

Enjoyable as far as it went. Not the full novel. Quite a lot missing from the original novel

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Majority of the story is missing which resulted with dissatisfaction of a well remembered story

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Buyer beware, abridged version!!

Was not aware this was an abridged version of this book until I started listening to it but enough on that. Overall quality is poor, the story is choppy and the person narrating sounds like she is bored. If only I can work out how to get my money back...

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Childhood favourite

The story was much more sparse than I recalled, but I love it nostalgically. The performance was very dated.

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Don't buy, only 3 hours long should be 15 hours

This abridged version butchered this story. Dont waste your time, money or credits.

I love this story, world and author.

This version left a horrible dissatisfied feeling. This version woukd not encourage people to explore the author or series

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  • Rock Hound
  • 10-08-2018

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
  • 08-04-2021

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
  • 20-05-2020

Dragons of Pern

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

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  • Scorpio
  • 17-02-2019

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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  • Mrs Moppit
  • 29-10-2020

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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  • Hufty
  • 30-08-2018

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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  • MR TJ PILLINGER
  • 06-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2020

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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  • Tamela
  • 15-09-2016

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-2021

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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  • Joanna Chambers
  • 05-03-2021

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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  • Wolf Reicherter
  • 25-02-2021

Badly butchered Version of a great book

This is the 1st book I signed up for with Audible and actually paid money for. It nearly put me off Audible for good. This is one of the worst translations of a beloved story into an Audiobook ever. It feels like a really bad cash grab with no love for the source material, nor for a good performance. The story is cut to pieces, glued together with no care, jumps around the narrative like a game of hopscotch and In general, left me pretty confusedat 1st, and then furious. I though I had gotten a corrupted file with parts of the book missing. Now I have to conclude that this an "abridged" version. More like a "cut up at random & glued back together without care" version. If you love the dragon riders of Pern, save your money/credits and skip this one.

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  • Tommy Cooper & Nikky Cooper
  • 15-10-2020

read the book years ago

Read the full book years ago and enjoyed it. This version was ok but unfortunately this needs to be unabridged to be as good

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