All the Weyrs of Pern abridged audio recording
by Hans van der Boom
It is not an
especially rare item but really something special that "stole my
heart" because it is one of the few items that allows us to
really hear our favourite author and not only read what she came
up with. And among the few recordings Anne made herself this one
takes a special place. I am talking about the abridged
recording on audio cassette of All the Weyrs of Pern which was
published by The Publishing Mills in 1991 and originally
retailed for US$15.95.
consists out of two audio cassettes of 90 minutes each, giving
you a total of a wonderful three hours listening to Anne's
unusual voice. At least, that is how I saw it. Anne's does have
a special sound and let me tell you, that it is not the
recording; if you ever meet her for real you will notice the
special timbre in her voice right away.
The recording was
published in November 1991 by a relatively small company. it is
packed in a cardboard and plastic clamshell case. The cover
illustration is the one by Michael Whelan also used for the
Why do I think
this is so special? Well, Anne not only reads it herself but she
reads parts of it with such feeling and such emotion that,
despite the fact you know this is fiction, you are wondering if
things are for real. Some of you may have heard Anne
talking about Robinton's death and Aivas' shutdown. For those
who have not I have put about 30 seconds worth of that scene on
my site for you to listen to. The quality is bad but it does
reproduce Anne's voice correctly (the first time I heard it I
really thought there was something wrong with the recording) and
you'll hear the emotion coming through and Anne sounding nearly
in tears at the end...
Follow the link
below, and either chose run/play (in which case your computer
will play the fragment, if you have a program installed for that
- the regular Windows media player will suffice) or chose "save"
to save the file to your PC and play it from there.
fragment of AtWoP
Mills also published an unabridged set (1996, 10 cassettes, read
by Mark Rolston)
As of 9/15/2005, a
few copies of this abridged audio recording were available
online for prices varying from US$10-25. For tips on
locating copies of this or other items, email Cheryl (address in
page footer) or post a message at
A Meeting of Minds.
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