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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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Bad sound quality

A real shame about the awful sound quality. I could have done better on my phone.

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Great story terrible sound quality

Loved the book, Sam the sound quality is bad I new it would be from the other reviews but I bought it anyway. Got used to the low quality. Still enjoyed it!

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Terrible audio

The sound quality on this is awful which spoiled listening to a good story by Anne Mccaffrey.

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It never disappoints, loved the series.

I’ve read this 3 book series so many times over the years and I’m never disappointed. My paperback version is almost falling apart it’s so well used, I decided to invest in the audible versions as well and I enjoyed the story just as much.

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  • 14-01-20

Disappointing audio quality

What a shame! The first two books into be series were grey, however the audio quality in this one is dreadful and is more reminiscent of someone using an old phone on a bad line to dictate. Had to stop listening after a few minutes.

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POOR QUALITY RECORDING

quality is VERY low!! painful listening, unless you like that old-school record player style! more akin to listening to a radio phone in. actually gutted to have paid for it. unlistenable

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The sound was a little iffy!

The story I loved, but the supposedly baritone brain ship was distorted and made to sound mehanical which perhaps was a sign of not having read the Ship series!

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Horrible audio

This book has very poor audio, really not fit to listen to, hard to believe that Audible has this on sale. Star rating only filled in at 1 star as cannot listen to it.

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Appalling sound quality.

The narrator sounds like they were recorded down a phone line. The story is standard Anne McCaffrey but the audio is unlistenable.

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Terrible quality audio - couldn’t finish.

I’ve read the book previously. I switched off the audio book. Quality is dreadful. I wish I’d listened to the sample.

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  • Carol L. Powell
  • 28-12-08

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-12

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.

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  • Cheri
  • 08-02-05

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!

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  • Artus
  • 06-11-13

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.

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  • D. Campbell
  • 21-03-13

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.

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  • Earl
  • 17-08-08

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.

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  • Brian Scannell
  • 25-11-20

Great Story, Not So Great Audio.

The story was fantastic and is actually one I have enjoyed before in text. Unfortunately, the recording of Ms. Barbeau had an old time radio/scratchy quality to it and was sometimes much more frustrating to listen to than to actually stop and read the book itself. Her performance was fantastic but the recording quality was terrible.

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  • Craig
  • 17-11-20

Love this series

Quality is not what I am used to from Audible. Reader is fine. Overall sound is a little”tinny”like it’s being read by a computer. But as this is one of my favorite series I am happy it is finally in a version I can enjoy while working.

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  • Christopher Hosmann
  • 15-10-20

This recording is unforgivable

This sounds like it was recorded in a loud bar bathroom over a borrowed cellphone. I don’t know how this passed through any sort of edit or review and was deemed okay to release this recording is disrespectful to the book, the author, and the audience.

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  • James
  • 30-08-20

the reading is terrible

it sounds like the recording was done over the telephone. it's horrible and pitchy. if you love Anne McCaffrey books endure