@ 03:04PM | 2005-08-21
Ok, I have to say that I agree with the coolness of audiobooks, but hate abridgements! I was never much into listening to audiobooks until I started dating Philip, but he listens to them all the time, so I've started to, too.
The best? The Harry Potter books, read by Jim Dade (even if you've read them in print -- Jim Dade is that good). Also good: Krakatoa (read by the author, Simon Winchester), and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke (although I can't remember who read it)....
And Audible.com rocks! Although sometimes I resort to Powells.com when Audible doesn't have something and I need to get it on CD or Tape.
@ 02:16AM | 2005-08-23
Maybe I've just heard some bad unabridged books (or good abridged ones).
It seems like the abridgements tend to get rid of excessive descriptions of scenery and buildings and things that are just too hard to stay focused on while I'm listening, and they shorten a lot of the long rambling sentences (like this one) that are okay when you read them but not necessarily when they're read to you.
But then again, it could just be that sometimes the abridgements are simply fixing problems with the writing that should have been fixed by an editor in the first place. I don't know.
Certainly a book like Harry Potter would deserve the unabridged version.
@ 04:36PM | 2005-08-29
Simply Audiobooks (www.simplyaudiobooks.com) is good for renting audio books- lots of abridged and unabridged books, much cheaper than buying them (yay!).
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