The White Dragon

  • by Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by Adrienne Barbeau
  • 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lord Jaxom is too young to be allowed to fight the dreaded Thread, so he and Ruth, his white dragon, train themselves in secret. Their delightful, illicit flight leads them into danger - and the chance to prevent unimaginable disaster. This fabulous story of bravery and friendship is narrated by Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog).


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Are you sure of the reading order?

I believe that Dragonquest and Dragonflight go before the White Dragon. In fact, if you want to get the best chronology, it is best to read Dragonquest, Dragonflight, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger then The White Dragon. I highly recommend all of the Pern books. If you haven't read them they will provide many hours of enjoyment. I haven't heard the audibles, but have read all of the series over and over.
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- Darla

Excellent read; very poor recording

I've been a member for a very short time, and thusfar, I've generally been very impressed with both the selection (esp. sci-fi/fan!) and the quality of the recordings. Unfortunately, I've also been remiss in giving feedback - until some member reviews gave me some very useful info about something I was considering purchasing: I appreciated the help so I thought I'd return the favor. To that end:

I'm a huge McCaffrey fan, and I love the traditional book, 'The White Dragon'. Unfortunately, this audio version was a disaster with a capital 'D'. Firstly, it was abridged, truncated, whatever: chunks were missing, and any McCaffrey fan won't appreciate that. Secondly, the narrator was pretty lousy - a female narrator was used for a story that is largely told in the first person point of view of a young male protagonist, and hadn't the gift for such a feat. (Yes, I've heard some very able readers who do extremely well in representing both genders.) She made the character of Jaxom (who matures from being a rather young child to being a young man during the course of the book) sound whiny, which is about as far removed from his character and personality as one can get. Thirdly, and worst: the production value was *HORRIBLE*!!! It just sounded scratchy, and amateurish - sibilants were harsh and drawn-out - I regret to say the whole thing was just a mess. I don't believe this audio recording was in any way reflective of the usual high standard that Audible maintains. I certainly plan to keep acquiring audio stuff here - but in conscience, I can't say anything to anyone considering this recording but, 'don't waste your time'!

**Note: Anyone looking for a well-done McCaffrey audiobook should seek out the dramatization of, 'Nerilka's Story'. Like most dramatizations, it is abridged, but the 'characters' do an excellent job, and the production value is good.
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- Katherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books