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Killashandra

A Crystal Singer Novel
Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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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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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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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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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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At least as good as it's prequel.

Entertaining story telling and I felt the narrator did it justice. A favourite revisited, thanks to Audible.

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  • Jennifer Bygland
  • 21-10-14

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-12

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-10-10

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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  • Carol L. Powell
  • 24-12-08

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-18

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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  • Dana
  • 21-11-14

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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  • Sandra
  • 19-11-11

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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  • Rebecca Pelky
  • 12-12-18

Abridged

I love this book series, and I’m not a fan of the practice of cutting out sections that someone decided were unimportant. I don’t recall seeing anything that mentioned it being abridged when I purchased it, although I’ll grant it’s possible I overlooked it. Still, I’m so familiar with the full book that this really detracts from the experience for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-18

Abridged version

My title says it all. Its not the narrator's fault. The audio compression used here hurts it slightly. 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 audio quality and unabridged.

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  • Mary E. Rumbaugh
  • 29-05-18

Good for Abridged

After having read the original book years ago, it was nice to hear a fair reading. It would have been better if it had not been abridged.