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Crystal Singer | [Anne McCaffrey]

Crystal Singer

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Publisher's Summary

Experience the first Killashandra Ree adventure, in which the indomitable Killa overcomes disappointment in one career by diving into a much more exciting one. Filled with suspense, anguish, romance, and intrigue, this distinctive adventure is one of Anne McCaffrey's best.

©1991 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1991 Dove Audio, Inc.

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    Danielle Franklin, TN, USA 10-18-07
    Danielle Franklin, TN, USA 10-18-07
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    "Horrible audio quality"

    This is by far the worst audio quality I have heard on any book I have downloaded. Not worth your money.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Powell Columbus, OH United States 12-24-08
    Carol L. Powell Columbus, OH United States 12-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Book is excellent, audio book needs work"

    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).

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Malcolm Colchester, United Kingdom 01-16-12
    Malcolm Colchester, United Kingdom 01-16-12
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    "Not what I hoped"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne McCaffrey? Why or why not?

    I like her books but will not get another abridged version


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adrienne Barbeau’s performances?

    Her voice may be OK but the recording was bad


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment verging on sadness at the loss of a good book


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-19-11
    Sandra Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, Good voice, very poor sound quality!"

    One of my favorite McCaffrey books, I was really looking forward to it, but the crackling of the sound quality is awful!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri-Anne Harcourt, Australia 06-25-12
    Terri-Anne Harcourt, Australia 06-25-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Terrible in so many ways"
    What disappointed you about Crystal Singer?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Anne McCaffrey’s story?

    The way half or more of it has been edited out.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The audio is bad enough that I haven't been able to finish it, and I'd like a refund so...no.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristeen Woodburn, IA, United States 06-04-12
    Kristeen Woodburn, IA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Abridging Ruins This Book"
    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Adrienne Barbeau?

    As long as it is not an abridged version


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Adrienne Barbeau – was your favorite?

    Didn't have one


    Did Crystal Singer inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Portland, OR, United States 09-26-11
    Joy Portland, OR, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Deserves Better"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Griggs NYC, NY United States 06-17-13
    G. Griggs NYC, NY United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I Love this Story"

    I have read this Story so many times. I was sad it was Abridged but my Brain added the extra parts. The rewrite for this version was done well. The narrator was very good, the audio quality was iffy. But Still a wonderful Listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-28-13
    Doris Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Abridged version of a book is not for me."
    Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Adrienne Barbeau?

    Yes, Anne M. Is one of my favorite authors.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Unabridged!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adrienne Barbeau’s performances?

    Yes if quality of recording were better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I already loved the full story so hearing parts of it was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    If you did an unabridged version I might be interested in listening again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Campbell Dallas, TX USA 03-21-13
    D. Campbell Dallas, TX USA 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Distractingly poor audio quality."
    What disappointed you about Crystal Singer?

    After listening to the second book "Killashandra" which does not suffer the poor audio quality of this or the third book "Crystal Line," the narrator was fine if fast paced. It's the really bad quality of the audio recording that makes this audio book somewhat unpleasant to listen to. While this is the abridged version, the choices made on what scenes or portions to drop affected the story minimally. I'm not a fan of the abridged formats, but this one was pretty well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Killa of course. This character is a bit more developed than is usually the case with Anne McCaffrey's writing. As the protagonist, it's not too surprising that it's the case.


    What does Adrienne Barbeau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Adrienne Barbeau reads with proper stress and emotion when called for. I heard none of the awkward emotive breaks between what is spoken and the content of the text that you sometimes get in audio books.


    What character would you cut from Crystal Singer?

    Jezarray


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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