The White Dragon

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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There had never been a bonding as close as that between the young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary pure white and incredibly agile dragon, Ruth. Too young to be allowed to help fight the dreaded Thread, the Weyrmates trained themselves in secret. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon taught Ruth to fly back in time - as well as between - to escape detection. Their illicit flight seemed but a minor disobedience, until unexpected events put them in the path of danger and in a position to prevent what could be the biggest disaster of all: a battle that set dragonrider against dragonrider!

The third book in the Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy, The White Dragon was the first science fiction book ever to make the New York Times bestseller list.

Reviews (3)


Written by Jeff B. on October 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is great, but the voice recording quality seems degraded and out of spec.

Written by Bonnie J B. on September 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

the dragonriders of Pern Series has been one of my favorite series for many years and I love the story in particular but I'm not real impressed with the narrator I still listened to the book all the way through but I have to pick it back up to do it

Great series

Written by Steve Curtis from Mesquite, TX on June 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a great book in a great series. This format worked quite well and I would recommend it to any one. If you love fantasy but you've never read the Dragonriders of Pern, you are seriously missing out.

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.