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This is an excellent book, continuing the Pern series and linking in nicely with other later novels in the timeline. My biggest quibble however, and something to be very aware of is that it is not broken down into chapters on the file, it is just one long running book. This is maddening if you, like me. listen in the car or train and you need to continue where you left off.! If anyone does know how to break up the file into chunks which are searchable I would like to know!
Id would therefore highly recommend the book, just be aware of the foiballs!
Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Mel Foster?
The story is not quite what I expected from one of the Pern books over all so far. At least from what I remember of them though it has been some years since I read my last one. The real problem is, and I do hate to put one down, but the narrator for this book is.. To put it nicely, not so great. H was looking forward to starting to listen to the Pern books while I am doing things that leave me unable to read, like house work, but if they all are narrated by the same one I do not think I will be able to do so.
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I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'
This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of that, but I wanted more. But I know these are the threads of the next books and the evolving of Pern, so I shouldn't complain.
Though I have the hardback, I now prefer to read on Kindle where it doesn't hurt my eyes. And at times I need the audio version to listen to when my eyes get tired. Since the text to speech tool didn't work on this novel I downloaded the Audible version. Hearing a human voice narrating is always preferable to the computerized versions, anyway.
Mel Foster's interpretation was different than what I expected. I think, knowing that Anne McCaffrey is of Irish descent, I expected a brogue to come from the sea holds rather than what sounded a southern drawl. But that was Mel's interpretation and I soon adjusted. He did a decent job keeping the character's voices dissimilar enough to know who was talking when.
I look forward to 'worming' my way through all of Anne's books, those I have read and those I haven't yet. I hope I can afford to use Audible/Kindle help to do this. R.I.P. to my most favorite author.
Let the all humans, firelizards, dolphins and dragons keen:
Drummer, beat and Piper, blow
Harper, strike and Soldier, go
Free the flame and sear the grasses
As the dawning Red Star passes...
Until eternity passes
For Anne McCaffrey
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