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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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    3 out of 5 stars

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).

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Horrible audio quality

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

37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

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!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Malcolm
  • Colchester, United Kingdom
  • 01-16-12

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

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • reveiwerx
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 10-20-16

abridged versions are always a bad idea.

I actually love this book. The abridging was done with a broadsword and not a scalpel ruining a good book. By all means read this book but skip the abridged version. Some day maybe an
unabridged version will be made.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Abridged version.

The narration sounded like an old rushed radio story, as though through a tube. I really like the story but this was an abridged version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Way too short!

Needs to be much longer!
Should put both books together.
I wish someone could write more abut the crystal singer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 10-15-17

Sad it was abridged.

I would not have bought this if I had realised it was abridged. So many good bits of the book were missing, so much so that the characters were thin and unconvincing. Can't imagine why Anne McCaffrey allowed this to be published. Sound quality not good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • STEPHEN MEADOWS
  • 04-28-17

Poor sound quality

Copy muffled poor sound quality. Otherwise a great listen. I would of preferred a unabridged version instead of a abridged one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Julie
  • 09-15-18

Disappointed

Didn’t realise this was abridged. One of my favourite stories, messed up. Narrator read really fast, and being abridged the story was clunky and rushed. Very disappointed

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • David Gillespie
  • 08-20-18

very very poor audio

the audio quality on this book was very substandard and made the listening experience tedious

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • "lyndalolly"
  • 02-26-18

muffled audio

Love Anne McCartney and have read the book in the past. Just find the audio quality really muffly compared to other downloads.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-16

Retro Listen?

Love the story. love the reader. but what is with the recording technique? is it some kind of retro 50's radio sound? you won't believe it till you hear it.. I asked for more Anne Macaffery but this recording technique is not doing the book justice.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • wickedtyger
  • 12-04-16

recording

the recording sounded like it it was done in an empty round via a radio.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasha
  • 09-13-16

Cystal singer

A great listen looking forward to the rest of the series even though this is the abridged version, I would recommend it.

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  • Jayne
  • 05-02-16

Disappointed

Why was it abridged? What a waste of my credit.
The recording quality was so poor. I was so disappointed with the whole experience. This should be a free book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lloyd M Clarke
  • 02-10-16

Disappointed

Where does Crystal Singer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Low presently as I have only two in my library.

Has Crystal Singer put you off other books in this genre?

No not at all.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Adrienne Barbeau?

Pierce Brosnan or Liam Neeson

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It could have been

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed in the narrator and the quality of the recording. I have the complete series and loved this book as a teen. I found the audio off putting and little or no feeling in the story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful