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Download Dragonsdawn: Dragonriders of Pern Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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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, dragon-like 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! Download and start listening now!

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

    " This is the beginning of the story about the dragons of Pern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 2/4/2014

    " Having recently finished 'The White Dragon', in which the current residents of Pern have just uncovered an area formerly settled in the distant past, this was a good follow-up. I enjoyed learning why and how the first settlers came to Pern, and to get the back-story filled in. I was disappointed in how many great characters got killed off willy-nilly, often so abruptly whacked and forgotten that it made my head spin. I feel like many of the characters set up to be major ones in subsequent books were not always very well-rounded, and for many of them I don't really care what becomes of them. I was mostly disappointed to learn, in coversation with other Dragonriders readers, that all the rest of the books I can look forward to reading take place from this time up to that of 'White Dragon'... but no further. The characters in the later times are ones I want to know more about, while these 'originals' I don't much care about... so I'm sorely disappointed. I may keep reading, but I'm actually not sure yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbrooks | 1/30/2014

    " liked this better than Dragonriders of Pern. Love Anne McCaffrey! Thanks Audra and Judy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/26/2014

    " Read this a long time ago. All the dragon stories are good. Colorful imagery. Occasionally, the plot is predictable or simplistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mdi | 1/24/2014

    " It's interesting to go back to the beginning in the series but it's more technical then the others which while interesting isn't as fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.G. | 1/19/2014

    " In my re-read of the Pern books, I meant to just read the Lessa and F'lar timeline, but when I got to "All The Weyrs of Pern", I thought I should go back and read this one and now I'm reading "Moreta's Ride" and will read "Nerilka's Story" as well. I just can't resist those dragon ladies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chez Nash | 1/18/2014

    " I like all the Pern books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Jones | 1/16/2014

    " Good Lord, it just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Perry | 1/14/2014

    " Good story that recaps the colonization of Pern. McCaffrey did a good job of returning to the beginning and showing the steps to the world already introduced in two series, Dragonriders and Harper Hall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Moore | 12/20/2013

    " I love how she writes her books. I got to met her in the early '90's and had a great talk with her. This is part of a series that I'm going to read in order as I most of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/15/2013

    " Complicated and they don't actually land until about one hundred pages in, which was dissapointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Perry | 12/6/2013

    " This is a fantastic piece that should be on any fantasy lovers shelf. It was new and refreshing. Anne is in my opinion the golden queen of dragon lore and stories. After reading her world I doubt whether another dragon novel will ever have the same appeal. "

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

    " Pretty good book for not being what I expected. Nothing was really resolved in the end. But I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 3/24/2013

    " Enjoyed this look back to the very beginning of Pern. Fair number of inconsistencies with what is previously learned about Pern, but I was OK with that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/7/2013

    " And the story continues and Ms McCaffrey does not miss a single beat... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/24/2012

    " A classic fantasy/fiction series with a twist. Her writing is one of the most engrosing styles I've ever encountered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 10/1/2012

    " One of my absolute favourites I love the entire series waiting in anticipation for the next book in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 9/11/2012

    " This is a re-read. I read the series many years ago and it was fun to re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/17/2012

    " I didn't think this was interesting as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 1/13/2012

    " It was very good! I am so excited to read about Lessa and F'lar now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pinki | 1/13/2012

    " I love Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Rider series. I always recommend people begin with Dragonsdawn and then just knock yourself out! Her son is doing a fabulous job with the series. I'm so happy the legacy will carry on when Ms. McCaffrey is gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrin | 1/2/2012

    " This and All the Weyrs are probably my favorites in this series. I love origin stories, and getting to see the first of everything on Pern is delightful. Also, the final paragraphs makes me cry in the lunch room at work. So there's also that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna3113 | 8/27/2011

    " Sweet to find out how it all began :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 8/7/2011

    " Not what I was expecting, but it was super good. Anne McCaffery is like the Queen of dragon stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 8/3/2011

    " I went through an Anne McCaffrey phase back in high school. She has some interesting ideas, but it always seems like she's focused too much on the plot for the characters to ever become well-developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Kelsey | 6/9/2011

    " This one explains how the dragons were created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suicide-blonde | 5/26/2011

    " This brought tears to my eyes so many times. I didn't like it first because I'm not great with sci-fi and technology so it was a bit hard-to-read the first half, but SallahxTarvi and asofjpaiwejf everything else made it for me. Five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 4/28/2011

    " Pretty Good book, details how the people got to Pern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 3/29/2011

    " It was very good! I am so excited to read about Lessa and F'lar now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/2/2011

    " one of my favorite Pern novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 2/13/2011

    " Have read this book several times and it gets better every time! "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2011

    " Being raised on a farm probably gave me a great attachment to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glinda | 12/29/2010

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/14/2010

    " Love the clash of Fantasy and Sci-fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/14/2010

    " SO THIS IS HOW PERN STARTED....THE BIOENGINEERED DRAGONS FIRST APPEAR..WITHOUT THE FIRE LIZARDS THE BIO ENGINEERS COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT...PLENTY OF ACTION AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSIPS AND FRICTION. GREAT READ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frishawn | 10/17/2010

    " I really loved this book and I can't wait to read more! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.