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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/17/2014

    " I thought the ending was rushed. It was a fun read but ended too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/5/2014

    " This time I actually started to enjoy reading an Anne McCaffrey book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suvi | 1/4/2014

    " Interesting a different take than some of the other books in the series. The only complaint I have about the series that it is very difficult to keep track of the order of the books to read... and that they are older and hard to find :-( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonshann0w | 1/3/2014

    " Probably better than the second boook, but I felt it's continuity was poor and was not really engaged with either the story or the characters particularly. I just didn't really care where it was going and even less so when it got there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/31/2013

    " the white dragon: the story of Jaxsom and the runt sport ruth. How they became a team and were able with the help of their friends and connections to retain their hold on their postition, and help pern find a solution to a difficult problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juushika | 12/29/2013

    " Jaxom is the future Lord Holder of Ruatha, but in defiance of tradition he's also bonded to a dragon--the small, unusual, white Ruth. This is the story of his coming of age, as he insists on embracing both of his roles and leaves Pern changed in his wake. The White Dragon is an improvement over its immediate predecessor, Dragonquest, in large part because it has a stronger focus: Jaxom, whose maturation is realistic if not compelling. Jaxom's bond with Ruth is more unique, both because Ruth is better characterized than most dragons and because sex is an active issue in their relationship. This brings into the forefront something that lingered unexamined at the fringes of previous Pern books, but surprisingly--given the slut-shaming and implied rape that suffuse those books--it's a liberal examination. Jaxom's sexuality is problematically heteronormative, but the way he negotiates sexual activity and identity with Ruth is strange, intimate, and compelling. McCaffrey's writing, however, has undergone no change: The White Dragon is overlong--the world of Pern has attained significant, if artificially structured, complexity, but it can be at the cost of a good story--and artless; dialog is particularly cumbersome. This is the last I plan to read of Pern, perhaps indefinitely, and I still don't recommend this series, nor this book--but The White Dragon does bring some interesting things to the table. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 12/26/2013

    " My favorite book of the Dragonriders series, it ties in all the favorite characters and story lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Chrisbacher | 11/22/2013

    " Of all the Pern books, I think this one was my most favorite. I hated to see it end, that's when you know you've read a great book. Jaxom is by far my favorite character, next to Lessa and F'Lar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.H. | 11/20/2013

    " Possibly my favorite, if you don't count The Harper Hall trilogy :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joene | 10/26/2013

    " Third in the Pern sagas, it tells of the unique white dragon and how he affects life on Pern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lioness | 10/17/2013

    " When I've read a lot from one author, I start to rate the books compared to her/his other work. I liked the White Dragon a lot. It just wasn't one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/5/2013

    " I remember what a long interminable wait this seemed having read the first two books five years before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Delandro | 8/23/2013

    " I really like Jaxon and Ruth and their adventures and their friends "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/18/2013

    " Definitely the best of the Dragonriders trilogy. A good conclusion to the tale of Lessa, F'lar, and F'nor, but focuses on Jaxom and his amazing, undersized white dragon Ruth. Lots of crosses with the Harpers trilogy, including plenty of scenes with Menolly, Piemur, and Robinton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blf | 4/9/2013

    " I rather enjoy young Jaxom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 3/29/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie C. | 2/19/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Posten | 11/16/2012

    " It appears that I am re-reading the whole series. As other reviewers have said, Jaxom can be quite annoying, but does improve once he gets fire-head--and I have always, always loved Ruth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 6/29/2012

    " Just remember liking the first two books better for some reason... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/15/2012

    " I really enjoy these books. I'm trying to drag them out, so they won't end too quickly. I know there are more books in this world, but I'm really enjoying these characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/22/2011

    " For such a pivotal turning point in the whole Pern series, this narrative could have been handled a lot better. Not even the dragons, which usually can make me forgive all sins, could make up for the whiny protagonist and the blatant, grotesque fetishizing of ALL the female characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C Watson | 10/22/2011

    " The White Dragon begins narrarating from Jaxom's perspective. Ruth is a wonderful dragon, and the story gets quite interesting as fire lizards are explored, Robinton is delightful, but no real feelings are evoked. A nice, lite read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icarus | 8/17/2011

    " Parts of this book were so compelling and parts of it were so dull. This came so close to being a breakthrough in my enjoyment of the series, but in the end that had to wait for the Harper Hall books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 6/14/2011

    " man I love these books. "

  • 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.

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.