The Dolphins of Pern : Pern Novels - Published Order

  • by Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by Mel Foster
  • Series: Pern Novels - Published Order
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize Pern's oceans while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called Thread fell like rain from the sky, and as human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic life shattered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten.Now, centuries later, as the dragonriders of Pern prepare to complete the momentus task of ridding their world of Thread forever, T'lion, a young bronze rider, and his friend Readis, son of the Lord Holder of Paradise River Hold, make contact with the legendary "shipfish." And as the dragonriders grapple with the end of an era, T'lion, Readis, and the dolphins face the start of a new one: reviving the bond between land- and ocean-dwellers - and resurrecting the dreams of the first colonists of Pern.


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RIP Anne McCaffrey

I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of that, but I wanted more. But I know these are the threads of the next books and the evolving of Pern, so I shouldn't complain.

Though I have the hardback, I now prefer to read on Kindle where it doesn't hurt my eyes. And at times I need the audio version to listen to when my eyes get tired. Since the text to speech tool didn't work on this novel I downloaded the Audible version. Hearing a human voice narrating is always preferable to the computerized versions, anyway.

Mel Foster's interpretation was different than what I expected. I think, knowing that Anne McCaffrey is of Irish descent, I expected a brogue to come from the sea holds rather than what sounded a southern drawl. But that was Mel's interpretation and I soon adjusted. He did a decent job keeping the character's voices dissimilar enough to know who was talking when.

I look forward to 'worming' my way through all of Anne's books, those I have read and those I haven't yet. I hope I can afford to use Audible/Kindle help to do this. R.I.P. to my most favorite author.

Let the all humans, firelizards, dolphins and dragons keen:

Drummer, beat and Piper, blow
Harper, strike and Soldier, go
Free the flame and sear the grasses
As the dawning Red Star passes...

Until eternity passes

For Anne McCaffrey
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- darswords

Not one of her best....

The Pern books are a fun and imaginative merging of science fiction and fantasy elements. However, in this instance I think Anne McCaffrey has fallen victim a little too excessively to the "cute-factor" of Dolphins. Plot-lines, not directly involving the dolphins, are the typical well-constructed and executed exploration of interpersonal relationships and merging of science and imagination. Alternatively, the delphinid characters are the stereotypical 2-dimensional caricature of loving, short attention-spanned jokers that is so common in popular culture. They are at times unrealistically and even painfully cute. All-in-all not a bad offering from Anne McCaffery and the reading quality is above average. However, it is more of value as a tying up of some loose ends to someone familiar with the full series rather than as a first read of the dynasty.
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio