Monday, January 30, 2012

Abridged vs Unabridged

As you know I've written a lot about my reading excursion lately and one reason I've got so many under my belt is that when I am in my car I listen to books.  I use ALL of my time to my advantage.  When the two Border's closed in our town I hit the sales with a vengeance finding tons of audio books, unabridged books.  I prefer them because I want the whole book not a piece of a book or a book that has stuff left out, which is an abridged book.  A friend also gave me a sack full of audio books that I have been going through and most of them are abridged but I still listen, not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  I am going through these books like wildfire and the stash is whittling down so I thought I would check out my favorite website, Amazon to bulk up my stores.  Every one I clicked on to purchase was abridged so I typed in "unabridged books" and was directed to Audible.com, which I did not want.  I need CD's for my car.  So I typed in "unabridged books on CD".  I was taken to a list of books, mostly classics and very old books and self-help...NOT INTERESTED.  I am very discouraged and may find myself having to go to Barnes & Noble, which I don't like.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE a good bookstore, LOVE THEM, but I miss Border's which was a fun place to go to.  But back to my problem.  What do you think about the quandary I am in on the abridged vs unabridged.  Should I just give in and join the Audible thing? 

6 comments:

tulsamom said...

Have you tried to order the audio books from the Tulsa Library? I got one the other day that was in a little package the size of a deck of cards that you plugged your earphones into. You could put it in your pocket and do what ever you wanted while you listened. I go on line and order the books I want and when they are available they send me an email.

Sweet Tea said...

I like either, or both, however you say it. Sometimes the unabridged are VERY long though.
It sure makes commuting or long drives very entertaining!

PTBYF said...

How about the new Books-A-Million on the west side?

Cindy said...

Have you tried the audio book section at Gardner's Used Books?

http://www.gardnersbooks.com/

bonbon said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog, and yes, I agree with you, it is always difficult to deal with loss. No matter how much you think you are prepared for it, it is still hard to swallow. It is good thouhg that so many understand and can offer comfort. I appreciate your kind words.

And I totally agree with you about missing Borders. I used to go in there are read for hours...

bonnie
bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

Kay said...

I was sad to see all the Borders stores disappear in Hawaii too. It was my favorite bookstore.