Copyright ©1992 by Bill Fawcett and Associates, Abridgment Approved by the Authors; Copyright (P)1994 by Dove Audio, Inc.
This book did not indicate that it was ABRIDGED. You have left out too many significant parts of the story and totally spoilt my everything. I wood like my money back please!
"It's a great idea..."
But this abridgement is poorly done. Large sections of the story are omitted. Dove audio is not my favorite vendor. They take a slash and burn approach to editing.
But I still love these very predictable stories from Anne McCaffrey. Find the books and read them as a guilty pleasure. But avoid these recordings. Or at least wait until somebody does an unabridged version.
"The story is still enjoyable"
However, as others have commented, the abridgement is very poorly done, with characters making reference to comments made earlier in the story that were cut, and, in one case, a character "replies" to a question that was not asked.
As this is a story I know very well (I have lost count of the number of times I've reread it), I'm frustrated by the editing. While some of the edits don't noticeably interrupt the flow of the tale, others are so glaringly obvious, I find myself pausing the book for a period of time.
"Won't buy abridged book ever again"
I really enjoyed this story and Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors. This abridgement, however, was horribly done. Some parts of the story made no sense because pertinent information was taken out earlier in the story. OR, frustratingly, a plot point is begun, but never brought to fruition. I have since purchased the book, read it, and loved it. If this was a performance of the full, unabridged book, I would easily rate it 5/5.
"Ruined in the abridging"
This book was butchered when they cut it down. Lost a lot of plot and character development. Also the plot takes a few confusing jumps as a result.
"don' t bother if you know this story already"
Not if it is another abridged version
Sadly most of those moments were so horribly hacked apart in the abridging that I cannot really say for this title.
Not if it is as poorly abridged as this one was
Please for the love of all that matters stop selling poorly abridged books like this. Please have someone listen to the book who knows the story or at least follows along in an actual written copy. This book was so horribly abridged that entire, VERY important parts were ripped out but not later references to those part making for a very jarring and unenjoyable experience. Fans of the series should not bother with this title or any other in the series due to this fact.
This is my favorite of Anne MacCaffrey's Ships series - however, the abridgement detracts from the story. I would love to hear this as an unabridged version.
"Prefer unabridged but not too bad"
The abridged version leaves out much of the soul searching and parentheses that Ms Lackey indulges in, which is good. But this version, as other readers have said, goes a little - just a little - too far. The scene where Hypatia chooses a 'brawn' is cut drastically and looses it's coherance. The bits with the bear are cut too much. Lars is cut too much. Etc. The book is cut to a little more that two hours. A three hour version would be much better.
This is one of my favorite books. However I do NOT like this abridged version as the various parts cut do damage to the fullness of the character of Hypatia. I will always prefer to read the actual book in this case and am forevermore likely to pay only for unabridged audiobooks.
"Great story... but"
Unfortunately for Audible, as this is my favorite book of all time, I memorized the original complete work and clearly noted the missing parts in the audible version. However, the story runs together well enough for anyone who has never read the original. My first book experience from audible and I enjoyed it.
"Unabridged v abridged"
As always with good writing. Shorter is not better! It is always a good read and the journey into the written world. But having read the full version this is disappointing
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