When she came upon a group of fire lizards—wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons—she let her music swirl around them.
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She taught nine of them to sing. And suddenly Menolly was no longer alone—she was Mistress of Music, and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons. Her novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in She lives in New York and can be visited at TamoraPierce.
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Time has not dated these fantastic stories. I hope more and more of them become available. Highly recommended. Enjoyed these books back in my youth It was easy to get "lost" in this audiobook version.
I wish there were more of my AM favourites available. I would love to hear Lessa's story in Dragonflight -- my favourite of the Pern novels -- come to life. But Menolly's stories are my close second :. However, occasional jars are the mispronunciations misplaced emphasis is far too many instances, but for all that, listenable.
What did you like least? I love this story and have read it dozens of times, so when I saw the audio book I thought why not. Well the story is still great, if you can stay awake for it. This is certainly not the book to listen to in the morning during traffic, you'll fall asleep and crash. The narrator is so SLOW and languid in her tone of voice.
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It is like listening to an old grandma tell a story with the intention of putting you asleep. It such a disappointment since the story is so vibrate and full of life. A better narrator would make this a wonderful tale. But as it was only my love of the story from when I was a little girl, that got me through the book.
Who was your favorite character and why? Menolly is of course my favorite. She is strong and spirited and full of life. She struggles with things that anyone can related to. And reading it as a somewhat rebellious teen years ago, she was my ideal. How could the performance have been better?
This really needs to be done with another narrator. The poems in the beginning of each chapter are read without life. The sentences are read so slowly as to be painful.
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If you have never read the book I can imagine loosing interest before the end of the first chapter simply because of the narrative style. Why or why not? I think this needs to be re-recorded and it would be magnificent. It is such a super story. It just needs a more lively narration. Any additional comments? Please please re-do this as a brilliance audio.
I would even pay for it again so long as there is a new narrator. I was so excited when I found these in audiobook format and revisiting my 'old friends' was simply wonderful. The only reason I did not give this selection five of five stars was that the narration was merely 'ok'. Several of the pronunciations of names and places, as well as the odd sentence or two, were awkward and pulled the listener out of the flow of the story. Nothing too bad, but noticeable all the same. Why oh why did they find such an awful narrator for my favorite series by Anne McCaffery?
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The Harper Hall trilogy has been my favorite since I was a teen. I waited for so long to hear it in audio, and was really disappointed. The reader is plodding, too old for the characters and is not good at changing her voice to suit characters. She makes a wonderful series boring.
My only hope is that somehow, someday, due to Anne McCaffery's popularity will cause all of her books to get new narrators. They deserve them. They were just pieces on the chessboard, being shoved here and there in an attempt to make something happen. And that's really why I'm not finishing the series. Dragonheart is shaping up the same way.
I can work up zero interest in the main character of that book because she makes zero sense.