Moreta : Pern Novels - Published Order

  • by Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by Sheila Hart
  • Series: Pern Novels - Published Order
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds, and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr. Her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch; spring had made a glorious debut; the Gather at Ruatha Hold was extremely merry; and Moreta was enjoying the attentions of Alessan, the new Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold.With only eight Turns remaining before the deadly Thread would cease to Fall, all seemed well on Pern. Then, without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill. Soon myriads of holders, craftsmen, and dragonriders were dying, and the mysterious ailment had spread to all but the most inaccessible holds. Pern was in mortal danger. For, if dragonriders did not rise to char Thread, the parasite would devour any and all organic life it encountered.The future of the planet rested in the hands of Moreta and the other dedicated, selfless Pern leaders. But of all their problems, the most difficult to overcome was time....

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What the Critics Say

"Sheila Hart reads Moreta with a sensitivity and delicacy that reflect the magical, mythical quality of McCaffrey's dragon legends. Hart's characterization is subtle; vocal styles suggest, rather then impersonate, characters, and male voices are satisfying." (AudioFile)

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Enjoyable story with good narration.

I have read most, if not all, of the Pern series of books. I chose this as my first audiobook based on its reviews on the narrator. I thought that Sheila Hart did a good job with both male and female parts. However, the characterization of an older female seemed forced at times (as in I noticed that it was a younger narrator voicing a younger character). This was not overly problematic, and I was able to stay immersed in the storyline as much as possible during my 30 minute listening sessions (commute to work). After finishing Moreta, I immediately purchased The White Dragon (the book that hooked me on the series) and narrator reviews were also a major consideration.
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- mtswanson "mtswanson"

Weakest Storyline So Far

What did you like best about Moreta? What did you like least?

This storyline went on and on about the daily problems of wierlife, and the severe depredations of the plague. I kept waiting for them to take the obvious step and simply go back in time to stop the plague from ever starting (they "time it" a lot in this story), but instead they take little steps that are almost meaningless in the scheme of things.

Even at the very end (no details, to avoid a total spoiler), it is clear that a their ability to "time it" meant there was absolutely no need for the finale that was included.


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- Burt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio