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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars antagonistic protagonist Dec 30 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 flat A-type stereotype. She's not the type of person who I'd want to be friends with or who I'd want to emulate. She treated everyone around her poorly unless she wanted something from them. Her one act of heroism was out of character with her shallow selfish nature that she practiced throughout the book and thus didn't make any sense for her to do. She didn't care deeply for anyone but herself. The achievement of her goal meant nothing to me as it was totally superficial in nature.

The idea of the crystal singers is cool, but an unrealistic business model for a science fiction novel (a wild west would be more accurate - before they had things like business models). I couldn't stop thinking of all the better ways they could have operated.

As such, I wish I put this book down after 50 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite book! Oct. 22 2007
By Heather
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The characters are colourful, the concept is original, and it's an exciting book that keeps me coming back to it. I've never re-read a book as often as I've read this one. It is quite different from Anne McCaffery's Pern books, but it's every bit as good. I recommend this book to all of her fans :)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting July 15 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. A wonderful book for sci-fi/fantasy lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Anne McCaffrey's best Feb. 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 well as Ms. McCaffrey's own fans.
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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 Almost Perfect Nov. 24 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What led me to this book as a review which linked it to the Harper Trilogy. In retrospect that was misleading.
Though the background is fascinating and the main character is engaging, the story is too chaotic. It jumps too much between one thing and another, and never dwelling as much as I would like on anything. I finished the book thinking the book missed it's own main point. :-)
Other than that... this is a book about gold mining. :-) Those excentric personalities that set themselves apart from society in the search for riches, search the unexplored wilderness for untold riches, and then come back and have to part with the hard earned fruit of their work to finance it. In between, Killashandra has a lighting course in personal relationships.
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