©1991 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1991 Dove Audio, Inc.
I love this series, and I bought the audio series to share it with my boyfriend. The first book's audio quality leaves much to be desired. I also wish there was an unabridged version available. While this version gives a good feel for the overall story, I very much miss the rest (the extra characterization of minor characters, how the guild runs, etc).
First (and this is my own stupid fault for not noticing before buying), it's an abridged version. At under three hours, there's less than half the novel here.
Second, the audio quality is truly terrible. It sounds like the reader has their head stuffed in a cotton-lined bucket. Muffled, dull and damned near unlistenable.
The way half or more of it has been edited out.
The reader might, in other projects, be quite good--but in this one, the terrible quality of the recording overrides anything she might bring to the story.
The audio is bad enough that I haven't been able to finish it, and I'd like a refund so...no.
Don't waste your money or credits.
One of my favorite McCaffrey books, I was really looking forward to it, but the crackling of the sound quality is awful!
The clarity of the download was difficult to listen to. I might have been the American accent but others have been OK. Also the abbreviation has missed all those small personal details that make this a worthwhile author.
I like her books but will not get another abridged version
Her voice may be OK but the recording was bad
Disappointment verging on sadness at the loss of a good book
As long as it is not an abridged version
Make the recording an unabridged version. To many "little details" that are not important, but really round out the book, are missing from this abridged version. Things like the Symbiant transaction makes the senses so much more sensitive, including eyesite and that is why Killa needed contacts off world.
Didn't have one
If you have read the book, you will be sorely disappointed in the abridged version. If you have not, you might enjoy, but will have missed so many little things that make the book so much more enjoyable.
A book that I love, CRYSTAL SINGER deserves 2 improvements: to be unabridged, and to be reproduced on good sound equipment. Adrienne Barbeau also deserves good sound equipment. However, since this is what is currently available, I will listen to it again. I've been hooked on the song of the crystal ranges since I first read this.
I love the book but the abridged version cut out so much and in such places as to make no sense at all for the character development.
I will never buy an 'abridged' book again.
One with many interests
This abridged version is fine for existing fans of the novel; I would suggest newcomers to the unique world of the Crystal Singers pass on this recoding and read the book first.
This is one of my favorite books, so I enjoyed being able to have it in audio form to take with me when I travel. The recording was made in the days when audio was severely compressed to get the audiobook on as few cassettes or CDs as possible, so don't be surprised that it's sub-AM radio.quality.
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