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Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums Audio, Cassette – Abridged, February 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Fantastic Audio Series
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Literature; Abridged edition (February 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574534912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574534917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Harper Hall Trilogy is a nice introduction to the Dragonriders of Pern series, and this set of abridgments is tight and compact. In the first book, Menolly struggles in a household that has no appreciation for a talented girl, but she manages to find her own way. Her growth in age and position in each of the books is reflected in Adrienne Barbeau's characterizations. Barbeau's narration encompasses the full range of McCaffrey's characters, from enthusiastic youngsters to the old and cantankerous. Barbeau maintains a fast pace and tells the stories in much the same way a storyteller in Pern might tell them. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jilllessa2" on January 23, 2003
This is a thoroughly enchanting series. It is a great introduction to Pern for younger readers. The first two books follow the story of Menolly, a young girl who has a gift for music. When her family will not let her use and enjoy her gift she runs away and eventually gets herself to the Harpers Hall where she could study music.
The world of Pern is enticing as well. It is a world which although somewhat similar to earth, has a great problem. Every 200 years they are bombarded by a deadly life form, thread, which falls to their world from an erratically orbiting planet. To deal with this menace, they have bred huge flying dragons that spew flame to sear thread from the sky before it hits the ground killing whatever it hits. Related to the dragons are their smaller cousins, fire lizards. Both creatures have the ability to mentally impress with humans making a lifelong telepathic link brom human to dragon or firelizard. During her adventures after running away, Menolly manages to impress 9 fire lizards. This makes her somewhat of an expert as she has more than anyone else on the planet. It also makes her an object of jealousy.
The second book continues Menolly's story through her first week at Harper's Hall. It was not an easy week as Menolly has to put up with much jealousy and meanspiritedness from the other girls at the school who are not anywhere near as talented as her, but she gets to study music. By the end of the week, she has managed to carve out a unique place for herself. Dragon singer is very much a story of a young girl's coming of age that can be identified with by teens, male and female alike.
Dragon Drums, the third book in the series almost feels like an intruder because it does not carry on Menolly's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Jin on January 22, 2004
At first glance, when you look at this title and the picture on the book of this very different trilogy and look at the category (fantasy)it's placed in, you might think that this is a book about a shining, knight that lulls dragons to sleep, kills them, and gallops off to marry a maiden in her rich castle. Or, you might think that it's a story about a funny, assertive girl that jus "happens" to discover that she has the power to make legendary creatures come to her. But, it's neither. Instead of reading boring old books that are versions of old fairy tales, this is a completely new plot. In the story, Menolly, the main character, finds that she has a talent for playing instruments, and singing in a Hold where everyine, except her teacher, Periton, shuns her for not being a hard-working woman whose life revolves around fishing. She discovers that her teacher wasn't just a grumpy old hermit halfway to the middle of nowhere, but he used to be a highly respected MasterHarper of the acclaimed Harper Hall, where all musicians first start learning. He sends word to his son, the current MasterHarper, and the whole musical world starts searching for Menolly, expecting an amazing, boy apprentice that even grumpy Periton praised. If you want to find out more, you'lll have to read the trilogy of the Dragons (Dragonsinger, Dragonsong, and DragonDrums). Oh, and why does it have dragons in it? Beacuse, Menolly just happens to own nine fire lizards, which are small, miniature, dragon-like legendary creatures. I would highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Bradley on March 12, 2002
Just like the books the story is captive and wonderful. Loves of pern will love this abridgement of these classic stories.
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A Kid's Review on August 18, 2003
Anne McKafry has written a great many books.My personal faverites inclued,Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.The chareters of Sebbel, Pimmier, and Menolly [my favorite]have great personallitys. The animals in these books are creativly made the firelizards expesially.If I could pick the world's next
best fantsy storys it would be this seiries.
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A Kid's Review on August 18, 2003
Anne McCafry has written a great many books.My personal faverites inclued,Dragonsong,Dragonsinger,and Dragondrums.The chareters of Sebbel,Pimmier ,and Menolly [my favorite]have great personallitys. The animals in these books are creativly made the firelizards expesially.If I could pick the world's nexted
fantsy story it would be this seiries.
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