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Publisher's Summary

The exhilarating adventures of Anne McCaffrey's best selling Crystal Singer series continue with Killashandra, a story that mixes interplanetary political intrigue with passionate romance. In this installment, Killashandra Ree's crystal claim has been exhausted, forcing her to take a new assignment and leave her new lover back on their native Ballybran. She goes undercover on a distant, desolate planet, searching desperately for the crystal that will save her - and, quite possibly, the fate of the entire universe.

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

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Good story but is abridged

Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and/or Adrienne Barbeau?

I like about anything by Anne McCaffrey and this is no exception.

What didn’t you like about Adrienne Barbeau’s performance?

This isn't about Adrienne's performance, which was quite good, but impacts the performance. The recording almost sounds like it was playing back through an old tinny AM radio.

What character would you cut from Killashandra?

All the characters are important.

Any additional comments?

Why is there no unabridged versions of the Crystal Singers books? Three hours touches the surface but there is so much more that is missing.

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missing alot

it misses alot of the book skips lot of sentences and paragraphs.
messed up a very good book from missed words.

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Disjointed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not in its abridged form.

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

Have it re-recorded in an unabridged format

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

Character and flaver to the characters

Do you think Killashandra needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not Possible to have a follow-up book, the author has passed away.

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Love the book, wish this were unabridged!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love the book and the series. I would have given 5 stars if it were unabridged.

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Had it been unabridged, would have been 5 stars

I love this series, so miss the full story from the audio version! The audio quality on book 2 of this audio series is luckily much better than the first!!

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Great book; bad production.

This is one of the classic Anne McCaffery books, written at the height of her considerable powers and solidly within her self-professed strength of a romance set in a sci-fi universe. The best of the three Crystal Singer books.

However, I cannot fathom why the producers elected for an abridged version. I did not realize it was abridged (and moverover, SEVERElY abridged) until after I bought it, and I feel cheated.

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The difference between storytelling and telling a story

Highly abridged, cutting full three dimensional characters into two dimensional cutouts. It reads like someone kind of remembering an old vacation rather than the full rich story it came from.

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Ok, but abridged version

This is an abridged version, and is Missing whole sections from the book. I read this book years ago and thought I was going crazy remembering things that wasn't in this audio form. Get the book instead, and read everything the Ann McCaffrey wrote.

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Anne McCaffrey was the best!

The crystal singer trilogy is so amazing. The 3 stories just draw you in period. Having read these multiple times they are quick read, but they're the best!

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Dissappointing quality, but still a good read.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-16

abridged-takes away the depth

I love this book and read it over and over. I was looking forward to hearing it. So so sad that it has been abridged. it has taken away all depth and feeling from the story 😣

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  • Bazz
  • 11-15-17

A top quality piece of writing ruined.

I have read all of Anne McCaffrey’s solo books from day one, until eye problems restricted the time that I was able to spend reading. Audible has been a godsend, until now, this reading is a travesty, cut to bits and that badly. The film editors would have called them jump cuts, chunks removed with no lead in or out.

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  • RL Pike
  • 10-07-20

Why abridged?

This is a great story by Anne McCaffery and do not understand why it has been abridged.

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  • D. Harley
  • 04-20-20

Please Don't Abridge

This is a great story when read in full but loses a lot of the story by being abridged. Certainly not worth a full credit. Only brought it because I can't buy an unabridged version.

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  • Mrs Clare Moses
  • 08-06-17

A story of love in the midst of political rebellion

I have read this book countless times and was really happy to find an audible version. I love the way that McCaffrey engages her audience's emotions while introducing fabulous places, odd names and technology which she manages to imbue with a normality which means that we accept this science fiction seamlessly. Killashandra is a feisty female lead and I would certainly recommend this book to teenaged girls, especially those who like music and adventure stories. The only thing which mars this rendition is the rather brutal abridgement which spoils the gentle pace of the book and the galloping vocal performance which sometimes makes the listener feel that there were orders to keep the performance down to 2and a half hours and that the actor was racing to finish.

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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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  • Glenn Harger
  • 01-11-21

Too short

I enjoyed this but it was abridged, I will not purchase the next in the series because that is abridged too. I cannot understand why this occurs as we spend the same amount to have a shortened book.
Also Audible place a series of books with some missing , I've never understood this practise that Audible insist on carrying out. I feel cheated when I've bought a couple of books in a series and then one is missing.

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  • A L McMahon
  • 12-03-20

Would have been perfect if it was unabridged.

I love these books and the reading is very good, but the hack job that has been done to edit this down is really awful. I was surprised to find so much missing as the audio book was not listed as abridged. If you have not read thr Crystal Singer books you will love it, if you have, be warned there is a lot missing.

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  • Tricia567
  • 03-24-20

Great to hear

Enjoyed hearing one of my favourite stories. Loved how clever the audio was very well read. Looking forward to hearing more.

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  • K. May
  • 11-12-19

Absolutely love this series

As with all I have read from Anne mcaffrey it always leaves you wanting more!

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  • BethAngelica
  • 08-25-20

Totally disappointing!

As a long time lover of Anne McCaffrey books, I was totally disappointed in the rendition Killashandra.
The story has been hacked to peoples, and so much discarded that the story is destroyed!
The narrator was terrible! Reading so fast, her words so clipped, abrupt and harsh! Virtually none of the “love story” aspect shon through!
Whether you’ve read the book before, or not, don’t buy the Audible version! If you do, you’ll be sorely disappointed!