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Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dragonriders of Pern Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781597370196
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In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries— when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again—a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known. It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to doubt the return of that deadly scourge. They teach reading, writing, history, but Fax—who hates the harpers in general—is determined to keep his growing area of influence free of the learning that might sow unrest. And they extol the dragonriders, whom many view increasingly as a drain on the resources of the Holds. Now harpers are being turned away from the holds; and, worse yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten. It is the climate of unrest that Robinton will come into his own. For despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself . . .so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when it at last returns!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/9/2014

    " A whole book devoted to one of my favorite characters in the Pern series! Probably not a good entry into the series, as the focus is on the backstory of Robinton, his early life, and how he became Masterharper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/5/2014

    " Slow start to this one but great character development and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/4/2014

    " Anne McCaffrey's, 'The Masterharper of Pern' is a masterpiece. Whether or not you have read any of her Dragon Riders series you will enjoy this tale of Masterharper Robinton's early years and first loves. On the young planet of Pern the most effective educating and communicating is done by harpers. The harpers are knowledgeable in arts, music, communicating with drum messages and of course romance and intrigue. I'm sure you will be entranced and will look for more of Ms. McCaffreys Dragon rider series to read as follow-ups to this imaginative tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben | 1/29/2014

    " Fills in the gaps in Pern's history. No nearly as well crafted as her others Pern books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 1/27/2014

    " Of all the various Pern novels, the Harper Hall series are my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/23/2014

    " McCaffrey offers a prelude to her original Dragonrider novels by revisiting a main character of those stories, Masterharper Robinton. However this might be more interesting if he was more of a protagonist and less of an observer to events happening about Pern. This sort of treatment cumulates at the end of the book when Robinton finds himself present to one of the most important scenes of the entire series, a Forest Gump like insertion into the storyline. An ok story, but could have been so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/16/2014

    " this is a book i always enjoy re-reading. now i have to figure out which books include F'lar and F'nor since i'm in the mood to re-read the stories that come after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2014

    " This is my favorite of the Pern novels that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joene | 1/15/2014

    " Great story, tells more about Robinton and his life,good reading for all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/8/2014

    " Good telling of the original Pern series from another point of view. Enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 12/26/2013

    " Had a fantasy binge for quite some time so I'll be handling these reviews with canned factory responses. Decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbe | 12/20/2013

    " Good, but predictable. I enjoy the world McCaffrery has created and all the points of she (and now her son) write from. Entertaining and worth the time to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 11/30/2013

    " slow. kludgy. needlessly, painfully detailed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 11/9/2013

    " A nice Pern novel, gives you the overview life story of one of the more popular characters. Not the most exciting Pern book, but a nice leisurely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.G. | 8/27/2013

    " Definitely one of my favourite Pern books, it tells the story of the beloved Masterharper Robinton and ties into the beginning of the first novel in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 6/26/2013

    " Robinton was a great love of my life. His life story was emotional and inspiring. I enjoyed this book so very much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/27/2013

    " Sings History... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 1/14/2013

    " I still like this book just not as much as all the originals. I think my taste for Fantasy Fiction has waned in light of the number of non-fiction works I want to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fysierm | 11/11/2012

    " The Masterharper of Pern was ever the fascinating man, and this book provides insight into who he is and was, clarifying facts and issues. I really enjoyed the insight into Pernese history and the great expanse of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 8/7/2012

    " I was introduced to Pern by my husband. My favorite Pern books are this one and the Harper Hall Trilogy. Robinton is the kind of man that makes you feel as if anything could be possible and yet it is still alright to have flaws. I believe this is Anne McCaffrey at her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 7/30/2012

    " Probably the least favorite of the Pern books I have read, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 7/26/2012

    " I loved this whole book except for the ending. The ending felt like it was cobbled onto the end and read like a so-so piece of fan fiction. But the rest of the book was amazing. It chronicles Master Robinton's life from his birth to Dragonflight with all the joys and tradgeys in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MMG | 5/30/2012

    " I went through an Anne McCaffery phase.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathis | 8/28/2011

    " My favorite of all the Pern novels, which says A LOT. Perfect. A cant miss! "

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

    " Oh, Robinton. How I love you. I couldn't wait to get to this book because he's my favorite character on Pern. It's hard to believe he had such a difficult past, though. So much tragedy, but obviously, it helped him come into his own as one of the most loved figures in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 4/28/2011

    " Of all the various Pern novels, the Harper Hall series are my favorites. "

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

    " This is one of the best books in the series. We get to see the live of Robinet, Masterharper, and he is fascinating. I really enjoyed the fact that we see is entire life (up until where the next books take place). It is a great background story for one of the more interesting characters of Pern. "

  • 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 Kerry | 1/7/2011

    " One of the two best books in the series. Moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/3/2011

    " Robinton was always one of my favorite characters so I really enjoyed this one.... "

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

    " AT LAST A WHOLE BOOK ABOUT MY FAVORITE PERNESE CITIZEN: MASTER ROBINTON....GOOD LEADUP TO THE MAIN EVENTS IN HIS LIFE: LISSA&FLAR, JAXOM&RUTH,THE DRAGON, MENNOLLY,PIEMORE, THE DISCOVERY OF THE FIRST LANDING SITE... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Livy | 9/9/2010

    " Oh, Robinton. How I love you. I couldn't wait to get to this book because he's my favorite character on Pern. It's hard to believe he had such a difficult past, though. So much tragedy, but obviously, it helped him come into his own as one of the most loved figures in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 8/13/2010

    " Excellent book, very well written. I thought the story line flowed very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fysierm | 8/4/2010

    " The Masterharper of Pern was ever the fascinating man, and this book provides insight into who he is and was, clarifying facts and issues. I really enjoyed the insight into Pernese history and the great expanse of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 8/1/2010

    " Pern is one of my favorite fictional worlds. Anne McCaffrey truly makes it come to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 7/29/2010

    " A whole book devoted to one of my favorite characters in the Pern series! Probably not a good entry into the series, as the focus is on the backstory of Robinton, his early life, and how he became Masterharper.



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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 7/20/2010

    " I loved this whole book except for the ending. The ending felt like it was cobbled onto the end and read like a so-so piece of fan fiction. But the rest of the book was amazing. It chronicles Master Robinton's life from his birth to Dragonflight with all the joys and tradgeys in it. "

About the Author

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 thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.