A Gift of Dragons

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Narrator: Lee Meriweather
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.

Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume.

In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of all.

In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire.

The “Runner of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky.

And finally, a very special gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time, fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

Reviews (20)

Short Stories

Written by Anonymous on February 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is actually a collection of short stories that all follow the same theme. The stories themselves are okay but there is no action...no suspense...no romance...nothing of real interest except the choosing for riders by newly hatched dragons. It's not really a bad listen if you like that sort of thing but it's not what I was looking for.

A Gift of Dragons

Written by Gina Meyers on March 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it!! Classic McCaffrey!! Leaves me wanting more!!!!!


Written by Nikhil Rathod on October 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Out of the 3 stories that I heard so far, the quality of only the one about Keevan becoming a dragon-rider is good. Additionally, the quality of narration is low-key. The changing of voices for different characters is also not done very well. The resultant effect is almost sleep-inducing, which is not what you want while driving. I am giving it 2 & 1 only because of the quality of the Keevan story.

I liked it.

Written by Bev Berry on July 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked it. I had not ever read any of these books but will probably look for more of them in the future.

A Gift of Dragons

Written by Jason C on July 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Overall a decent listen, but I wouldn't top your bookshelf with it. My main complaints are the reader and the far-to-typical content of the stories; both decent at best.

Gift of Dragons

Written by Chad on June 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great collection of Dragon related stories. The best is "The Girl Who Heard Dragons"

Gift Of Dragons

Written by Kris Sellers on October 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was disappointed in the new tale. It did not follow dragon-lore as Ms. McCaffrey has described it in other books. (ie... Not knowing which egg belongs to the Queen dragonet; Dragons being able to talk to anyone, if they want too; Female riders of non-queens being the norm; etc) Just very different. Other than that, very enjoyable story plots. Nice short stories. Lee Merriweather does a good narration.

Gift of Dragons

Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr from Petaluma, CA on October 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another fine tale from the Mistress of Pern. If you enjoy dragons and the magical spell your own mind weaves when you just think about such creatures then this is the story you should read or listen to next. Enjoy the journey and the spell only McCaffrey can spin. This one deserves a big "YES" vote.


Written by Robin Miller on April 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found this to be an engaging collection of Pernese short stories. Several of them, like the Runner of Pern, showed a different side to Pern life than just the usual dragonrider fare.

A pleasure to listen to

Written by Catherine Franchett on March 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It has been a while since I read the dragon books and this audio book brought back the wonderful world of Pern. Definately a joy to listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

McCaffrey, Anne

Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall, Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.

Anne McCaffrey has tried to live up to her auspicious natal day. Her first novel was written in Latin class and might have brought her instant fame, as well as an A, if she had written it in that ancient language. Much chastened by teacher and father, she turned to the stage and became a character actress, appearing in the first successful summer music circus in Lambertsville, NJ. She studied voice for nine years and, during that time, became intensely interested in the stage direction of opera and operetta, ending that phase of her experience with the direction of the American premiere of Carl Orff’s LUDUS DE NATO INFANTE MIRIFICUS in which she also played a witch.

Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein (1947-1952). She married in 1950 and has three children: Alec Anthony, b. 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.

Anne McCaffrey’s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction + Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967. By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing. Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s-f novels in the 50s and early 60s. It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms. McCaffrey’s talents as a story-teller are best displayed.

Although she used to make appearances throughout the world as guest of honor at science fiction conventions, arthritis has now restricted such travel. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill (because she had to dig out a hill on her farm to build it) in Wicklow County, Ireland. It is not remotely like a castle, "on purpose," she says to people who believe ‘hold’ is synonymous with ‘castle’ in Ireland.

Anne runs a private livery stable and her horses have been successful in Horse Trials and showjumping. She does not ride in competition, she hastens to add, but has enjoyed the success of horse and rider and, until recently, rode out on her black and white mare, Pi.