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Crystal Singer [Audio Cassette]

Anne McCaffrey , Adrienne Barbeau
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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February 1994 Super Sound Buys
When Killashandra learns that a rasp in her voice will prevent her from becoming a star, she becomes a Crystal Singer on Ballybran--a planet which few ever leave. 2 cassettes.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I reread this trilogy every 10 years Jan. 21 2002
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The Crystal Singer series is a must read for anyone who loves imagining what the distant future might bring. The author creates fantasy future worlds that are so very believable - I feel I have been to the places she describes.
The additional treat is the characterizations - Anne McCaffery is a genius when it comes to creating strong characters with a variety of interesting traits.
Put these two things together and you end up with the very best of storytelling. The only complaint I have is that there's not an unending supply of this series!
One important note: I highly recommend that you read these books in order. (Crystal Singer, Killashanra, Crystal Line)
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Anne McCaffrey first wrote about Killashandra in a serialized short story. She expanded the story in Crystal Singer,which is the first of a trilogy of novels.
Killashandra fails her final exam in music school and faces a life of second-billing as a choir soloist and not a top performer as she had dreamed. She will not settle for second place, and impetuously takes off with a mysterious companion for Ballybran, a forbidden planet with an alluring secret.
Ballybran is the home of Crystal, which is mined and used for vital starship drives, interplanetary communications systems and most other types of equipment. It is controlled by the powerful and secretive Heptite Guild. Killashandra applies for membership and is accepted. She goes through the intensive schooling and special adaptation to become a Crystal Singer.
But singing Crystal has not only its rewards (and they are many) but its heavy price. Killashandra learns about the price as she becomes a full-fledged member of the Heptite Guild and becomes involved with its enigmatic Guildmaster Lanzecki.
This is one of those wonderful kinds of sci-fi novels that can create an entirely new world, complete with its slang, customs and characteristics. It's sci-fi at its best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lure of Crystal... Sept. 4 2000
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My first encounter with Anne McCaffrey may very well be the best. "Crystal Singer" is an engrossing book, with a very headstrong and admirable female character. By the time her new direction in life is setup and put into motion, I was totally entranced with the book and simply could not put it down. The characters, both male and female, are well fleshed out, and her rise from a rejected opera student to a full fledged crystal singer is a fascinating journey to embark on. The premise for the book - singing and cutting crystal - is unusual and well presented. There is a definite otherworldly flavor to the book as it has a strong sci fi theme that does not assault the reader with too much techno babble, thus its an enjoyable book for the diehards and the casual alike. As the first of a trilogy, its delightful, but also stands alone well with its satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended, but with a word of warning, its nearly impossible to break away from the lure of crystal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Singer July 24 2000
By Rita
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This is the book which introduced me to Anne McCaffrey. Until I read the Crystal Singer Trilogy I had never read anything of this author. Yes, I had heard of her, but never had had the chance of reading one of her works. I now lament the time I passed without reading anything from this wonderful author.
Killashandra Ree is a character with whom you will find yourself very much connected with. She has spirit, she has determination and she has what is needed to become a Crystal Singer. So when she is given the chance to become one, she doesn't look behind. She doesn't believe in unnoticeable careers. She is ambitious and when she is told her voice is not enough for her to succeed in solo, she decides to pursue the Crystal Singing career, a dangerous job only few can suceed in. Besides, the Heptit Guild has only scarce members and she believes she can make something out of herself there.
I highly recommend this book. It is like something I never saw and explores an idea I never heard of. Not only for the musically challenged... ::smiles::
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Book in the World April 11 2000
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If I could give this book zero stars, I would. Believe me. Crystal Singer is filled with an anti-climatic plot, one dimensional characters, and predictability. Killashandra has no personality - she just is because McCaffrey willed her to be - and neither do any of the other putrid characters that step across the stage in this book. The plot has a beginning...but no middle...and no end. McCaffrey attempts some climax - in the Crystal Ranges, the installion of Crystal - but the story is just so predictable (of course we ALL know she's going to become a Crystal Singer. That's what ALWAYS happens in this type of plot) that any attempt at writing something exciting or worthwhile or even profound falls short of even McCaffrey (and she certainly is an excellent writer, don't get me wrong. But her dragon books are better)All in all, this book is a labor to get through, and not a worthwhile read at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all July 27 2001
By reestar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was given this book by a friend during summer break from college. I was desperate for something to read, and even though I didn't think I liked science fiction, I decided to read it. Thus began a life long love of science fiction and more notably, Anne McCaffrey, possibly the greatest (and most prolific) writer on the planet. The universe she creates in Crystal Singer is like those in all her books... not a perfect place to live, but certainly a bright light for the future of mankind. And also like most Anne books, the main character is a strong, vibrant, woman who has overcome adversities and made a wonderful life for herself. And although the book is not overly scientific, she always has enough interesting scientific concepts to make it a fun read. If you've never read an Anne McCaffrey book, buy one and enter the world of Anne. You won't be sorry.
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1.0 out of 5 stars antagonistic protagonist
The main character has two emotions - pride and anger. I kept reading the book because I hoped she'd learn some humility and become multidimensional, but instead she remained an... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amber Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite book!
I've read this book so many times the pages are falling out! I had to order a new copy. I read this book at a very young age (early teens) and I just loved it. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2007 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
This book follows the journey of a young woman through the life of a Crystal Singer. McCaffrey is gripping in her accounts of the trials Killashandra has to go through. Read more
Published on July 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Anne McCaffrey's best
The Crystal Singer Trilogy is probably my favorite non-Pern adventure by Anne McCaffrey. I highly recommend it to readers of David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey and Guy Gavriel Kay, as... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by Amanda M
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
What led me to this book as a review which linked it to the Harper Trilogy. In retrospect that was misleading. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2000 by Daniel C. Sobral
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece...
When I first picked this book, which was the very first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read, I could not put it down. Read more
Published on June 20 2000 by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
This is a great book. One of my favorites. It's a switch from dragons but the main character is well presented and the reader really becomes involved in her outcome. Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by "hfish"
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