Audio Books – Abridged or Unabridged Whats the Difference?
Recently Alyce at At Home With Books had in a post how she accidentally listened to an abridged audio of a book. “Whew” I thought,” I am not always good at checking the packaging but that has never happened to me.”
I have been listening to On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah and just being annoyed to no end with it. Fellow book lovers who know I am listening to it were saying, “Ooh that is such a good one” and I kept thinking, “Really? You have got to be kidding me.”
SO what’s my problem with it….
Well for one it moves at a ridiculous speed, as in long-lost friends go from grieving a friend and wife to flat-out RELATIONSHIP in one encounter. The whole audio is moving so quickly I am feeling there is no character development…
(you can probably see where I am going here…)
Then today I was driving into work and yet another thing happened while I was listening to this audio, it felt like it skipped an entire section. One moment she is sharing a big happening in her life while they are in bed, and the next sentence it is days later. And then… like a very dim light bulb, I started to get it. I reached for the packaging and sure enough ….
Double whammy actually because I just told Alyce what a rock star I was and that had never happened to me….
So…. that brings me to this post. Why do they make abridged audio? To me it is like picking up the Cliff Notes to a book…. you get the basic idea enough to talk about the book (sort of) but you don’t get the heart of it.
When I looked up information today on abridged books it said they were created for publishers to be able to offer the book at a lesser price. But are they really offering you the book? Or… are they metaphorically ripping out the middle of the books pages and handing you a copy saying, “Here you go, fresh off the bargain table!”
I am truly clueless here and not at all trying to diss the abridged audio put out there or those who create them or listen to them. Obviously there is a reason I am not picking up on .
I am curious about your thoughts on this. Do you read abridged books and if so, what benefits do you find to them? Is listening to an abridged book the equivalent of Cliff Notes?
Thank you Alyce, for inspiring this post. If you had not recently talked about this on your blog, I would probably still be ranting about this audio.
* I have also noticed that the other Kristin Hannah I have unopened in the car ready to listen to next… is also abridged. *sigh*