Masterharper of Pern
The story of Master Robinton from his being born til the events of the first Dragonrider trilogy. An extremely talented boy is ignored by his perfectionist father even while being better than him. Amazing that Robinton turned out as well as he did. A very enjoyable tale, even though McCaffrey shows her true colors in regards to her views on marriage and sexuality.
Not sure what is up with this specific edition on Goodreads. It is NOT abridged. [nor specially priced :D]