I’ve been trying to get into audiobooks lately. I have a subscription to Scribd and have also been using Audible and Hoopla to listen to them.
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Something I’ve begun to notice is that many of the audiobooks I come across, particularly long fantasy and self-help books, are that they are abridged. I avoid abridged books at all times.
A few days ago I was talking to a friend about being frustrated that one of the books I was trying to find an audiobook for I could only find an abridged version, and she asked me what the difference between abridged and unabridged was. So, I thought it’d explain it here on the blog as well.
When a book is abridged, it’s a shortened, more concise version of the book. Someone reading or listening to an abridged version of a book will still understand the plot and themes of the book, but might miss out on the smaller scenes.
An abridged book is sometimes a great choice for students who don’t have enough time to listen to the much-longer original version of a book or to people who want to understand a book in a short period of time.
Unabridged, however, is the original, full-length version of the book. This is the route I always go, and for people reading for fun, it’s probably the best option.
It’s pretty simple, but knowing the difference between abridged and unabridged is important when seeking out literature.
2 thoughts on “Abridged vs Unabridged – What’s the Difference?”
I always wondered what the difference was!! How cool!
I think there is a deeper issue here, Penny. When I was very young my grandparents had a large set of Readers Digest books – each book containing four classic novels. These books were beautifully bound and I loved them. Whenever I visited I was allowed to borrow one of the books. It was only when I got older that I realised that each of the four novels within every single Readers Digest book was abridged. It was certainly a great introduction to good literature but I was horrified that someone would EVER abridge a novel – that is, make it something other than the author intended. (It may be that some unnecessarily long-winded novels ought to be abridged but I still believe an abridged novel is an abomination!!! LOL!)
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