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Crystal Line

Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (239 ratings)
Regular price: $6.95
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Publisher's Summary

Killashandra Ree was drawn like a magnet to the song of crystal, and now it's erasing her memory. She knew the forgetfulness would be a byproduct of the singing, and she doesn't mind the little annoyances, like being unable to remember her address or the names of her colleagues. But she hadn't counted on the loneliness a person can feel when the heart still remembers what the mind has forgotten. Can the crystal that destroyed her memory somehow restore it? Find out in this exciting fantasy, part of Anne McCaffrey's Killashandra Ree adventure series that also includes Crystal Singer and Killashandra.

©1992 by Anne McCaffrey (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Poor sound quality and abridged version

The sound quality on book 3 of this series returned to the poor quality. Also, I missed much of what was cut out of this abridged version of the story. My boyfriend, who had not read the story prior to listening, seemed to find that the series would 'jump' from one scene to another, distracting him from the story. I hope that Audible will eventually remake the series into an unabridged version with better quality... I'll definitely buy that!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Great book! Too short!

Anne McCaffrey exhibits her outstanding style in this book. Her ability to sweep the reader away to another time and place can only be compared to Robert Jordan and L. Ron Hubbard. In this title, she takes us to a new world, with new goals and problems to solve. If you like any of her Pern series, you'll love this series, as well.
The only con is the fact that it is abridged! The unabridged version is excellent!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

I wish they had an unabridged version of this book

What made the experience of listening to Crystal Line the most enjoyable?

I love this series and this book. The abridged version leaves so much out and the recording was made so long ago on older technology. I still listen to this book and this series over and over again. I wish the they would get an unabridged version of this 3 book series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Poor Quality and being Abridged hinders enjoyment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book in particular and the whole series needs to be re-recorded and un-abridged. Of the three books in this series this is the worst by far for audio quality. The quality is WORSE than a standard audio tape. It honestly sounds like they got an old audio player and stuck a mic on the speaker to try and capture the sound. Just horrible.

If you’ve listened to books by Anne McCaffrey before, how does this one compare?

Anne McCaffery's books are great and these books are short enough that being abridged half of the personality of the book is gone.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Audio quality is too poor to even comment.

Any additional comments?

Having worked with Audio processing tools myself, I don't understand why they left the quality of this audio in the state that it is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Low quality audio

Is there anything you would change about this book?

After listening to the second book "Killashandra" which does not suffer the poor audio quality of this or the first book "Crystal Singer," 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. Some of the interesting back story was left out of this abridged version that had more of an impact on the story than I would prefer.

Also, not having chapter breaks through the file to allow you to try and recover your place when the player continues playing when it was supposed to stop makes doing that a bit more annoying than normal.

What other book might you compare Crystal Line to and why?

To Ride Pegasus. I compare it to the Crystal Singer series because the plots are quite similar even if the mechanics and backstory are quite different. I would imagine that if you like the one, you'll like the other.

Which scene was your favorite?

Interactions with the BB ship

Any additional comments?

I would put the overall rating of this audio book at a 4 instead of 2 if they'd re-release with a decent audio recording.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

crystal line

poor recording quality.sounds like it was recorded on a cheap answering machine then played back and re-recorded on a wav. recorder with a 2 dollar mic.I could not tolerate the sound quality long enough to listen to the story ,even with media player and graphic equalizer turning down annoying mid range.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great story & performance, subpar audio?

Books one and three in this series were oddly fuzzed and distorted, especially when compared with book two. I am not sure what went wrong with the files, and will be contacting Audible.

The story is a challenging, heart-wrenching, healing and beautiful finish for the series. The performance was quite good but for a handful of pronunciation and consistency items fairly easily ignored. The modulation and emotive variations were wonderfully done. Satisfying but for the audio quality of the file.

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abridged!

great shortened version.
catches all the key events for a first read...but then follow up by reading the whole series in unabridged books.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book bad recording.

I’ve read this book and listened to the audio on a few servers. This copy is broke , staticky, and jumpy.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Bad audio compression and abridged

My title says it all. The audio is compressed to the point where it is more irritating than captivating. Its not the narrator's fault tho. I love this story but it is a shame to hear the heart cut out of it in this abridged version. Its rather like a short story version of the story I love. I would greatly look forward to a proper version of this book both of higher quality and unabridged.

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  • RashaPhoto
  • 02-07-19

OLD AUDIO

Although I love this series of books by Anne McCaffrey, it was a bit disappointing to realise (after I had purchased them) that the audio was a little distorted with age and seemed very rushed. It did not completely diminish my love of these books but then again, I go back and re-read them every few years so they are very familiar which helped. This audio is for people who know the book only -- for first time listeners, buy something else and read the series for yourself...

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  • Nola
  • 05-11-17

Good story, shame about the sound

This is a great story, and a fitting end to the Crystal Singer series BUT I do not see why it should have been so mutilated by being abridged. It isn't even a long story. The narrator was adequate. The sound quality was abysmal. It sounded like a radio play from the dawn of wireless, or like someone speaking into their phone's recording app while sitting in an empty garage. This audiobook was very disappointing, and frankly, overpriced, especially if you bought it because you know and love the book.