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4.00029143105698 out of 54.00029143105698 out of 54.00029143105698 out of 54.00029143105698 out of 54.00029143105698 out of 5 4.00 (2,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Lee Meriwether Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780739301852
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For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.

Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume. In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of all. In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire. The “Runner of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky. And finally, a very special gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time, fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 2/15/2014

    " McCaffrey's dragons and Pern stories are always enjoyable, easy reads where everything works out fine in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/12/2014

    " There was one story in this that i remember loving. It was the only one I would reread. The other ones were were just kinda good or meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/9/2014

    " A collection of four uplifting short stories about the world of Pern. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronel | 2/6/2014

    " These stories were quite entertaining to follow. All the short stories were mainly about the younger generation, just like Menolly in Dragonsinger. But they drew you in and actually made you want to read more about these characters' stories. If there are flaws about the plot or characters I did not even notice, and that (in my opinion) is part of what makes a story good. With each book I am liking Anne McCaffrey more and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen C. | 2/5/2014

    " ^_^ I got this book as a gift from a friend a few years back. It's has one of my favorite Pern stories: The Smallest Dragon boy. This book has a good selection of short stories set in Pern and I just love!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 2/5/2014

    " Don't feel like wading through Anne McCaffrey's short story collections just to find an episode from your favorite dragon-infused world? Well have no fear, A Gift of Dragons is here! In this lovely little book you'll find four short stories set on Pern, all of which, with the possible exception of the incredibly sappy "Ever the Twain", are really fun and generally good reading for long-time Pern fans. One of the great things about the included stories is that they examine aspects of Pernese life that haven't been touched on much previously: the lives of the Holdless in "The Girl Who Heard Dragons", the Search and Candidate processes in "The Smallest Dragon-boy" and "Ever the Twain", and the lives and work of Runners in "Runner of Pern". Overall I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to both long-time Pern fans and those new to the series and world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/29/2014

    " A collection of 4 short stories, 3 published elsewhere and 1 new for this collection. The book itself is adorable...a paperback sized hardcover which makes it a very quick read. The stories were sweet and would make a good introduction into the world of Pern for someone who hasn't yet discovered them. For old fans, they are a fun diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy Naufal | 1/28/2014

    " In the beggining of the book you start reading and get exited to read more and finish the story and see what happens in the thread wars an Keegan the yet to be dragon rider. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyla Ibrahim | 1/19/2014

    " It's fun to read fantasy books every once in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rigid_polyplacophore | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent short stories. I love her underdog characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed the stories. Ms. McCaffrey was also kind enough to autograph it at Dragoncon several years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 11/21/2013

    " it was great to have a book that i could finish quick. very imaginative. my favorite story was the one about Tenna. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsa | 11/15/2013

    " Maybe I've been reading too many Pern books all in a row, but I found these short stories fairly boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdoefer | 10/8/2013

    " Lovely short stories. Lovely illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 9/3/2013

    " I enjoyed these little tales of Pern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolanica | 9/1/2013

    " loved it, but it was years ago, intending to re-read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Knox | 7/17/2013

    " I thought I had read all of the Pern books so it was great fun to find this collection of short stories that I had overlooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 6/18/2013

    " This is a strange volume that contains some previously published stories ("The Littlest Dragonboy," and "The Girl Who Heard Dragons"), but it also contains two new ones. The new characters appear in later novels, but I wonder what the point of this release was? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollie *scoutrmom* | 4/10/2013

    " The four short stories in this book are very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Holford | 9/22/2012

    " This is a collection of short stories about life on Pern....yes, there be dragons....readers of the Pern series will find these stories an enjoyable romp, even if they are short and sweet and don't have quite the depth of the novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/29/2012

    " A nice way to round out the Pern world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 2/28/2012

    " a group of short stories about pern, the runners of pern and other aspects not known of pern society, a short story that shows the breath of pern "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/14/2012

    " Nice collection of 4 short stories with some of the characters from her novels thrown in for context. Nice listening. Lee Merriweather does a great job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/4/2012

    " This book made me realise what JUNK I've been reading - she is such a good writer in comparrison! The only thing I can sat about this book is it's a shame the stories are so short... I do love some of the characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela(AllHoney) | 12/26/2011

    " Another library find. Four short stories, set in the magical, dragon-filled, fantasy world of Pern, are contained in this volume by Anne McCaffrey. This is my first read by this author. I found her writing to be comprehensive and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aldrea | 9/2/2011

    " This delightful group of stories is a sweet, light read. None of the stories focus on the main characters of the other books, giving the reader that little bit more of an insite into 'average' Pern life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/29/2011

    " Lots of interesting things happened, and I enjoyed reading them, but there was no plot. At all. Just a narrative of the characters and what they did over a space of time. I loved the book, but a lack of climax/plot really frustrated me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/17/2011

    " OMG, I totally forgot about the love plot and the spaceships and, well, pretty much the whole plot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 4/11/2011

    " My favorite Pern novel, and I loved all of them. Read it years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/10/2011

    " A great book with a clear introduction to the world that she and her son will bring into our lives and hearts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/16/2011

    " loved it as a kid-mostly because i loved pet animals...and who doesn't want a pet dragon? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie C. | 2/25/2011

    " It was a good book. Typical story of a boy becoming a man, getting the girl, and saving the day. however the setting was completely original which is what made the book so interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2011

    " We got Jaxoms name from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/29/2011

    " Jaxom and Ruth are 2 of the most interesting characters in Pern. This book fills in plot points from other works in the series. Many things that are just mentioned in passing are told here. Jaxom has a very interesting life and I am glad this book is available to show us it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2011

    " If you love dragon books and great characters McCaffrey is your author. These books in my opinion are for adults. The dragons and humans have unmoral habits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Rose | 1/7/2011

    " I really quite enjoyed this book. McCaffrey brought in some new characters while still maintaining the old, lovable ones. The change in the main characters in this series is interesting and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale | 12/21/2010

    " This is one of my favorite Dragonriders of Pern books. I especially like the antics of Ruth and the fire lizards. It does get a little sad when Robinton becomes ill but the story becomes happy again towards the end. Jaxom becomes a man! "

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About the Author
Author Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the numerous novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.