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Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Feet Hurt!

I walked twelve miles this morning! I am in training for the Country Music (Half) Marathon in Nashville in 3 weeks. This will be my 3rd half-marathon. What was wonderful today was that when I was coming back up on my neighborhood in the last mile, I could vividly remember my 12-mile training walk from exactly a year ago, and I was so not as exhausted this time around! I am walking with a friend, but as she is in Nashville, I am mostly training alone. I can occasionally get a companion for my 3-mile walks but my long Saturday walks are always solo. I listen to NPR podcasts when I'm doing my shorter walks but sometimes (like today) on the longer walks I listen to audiobooks. Ah, they are so great! But it made me think about audiobooks in general.

I don't really understand Abridged audiobooks. If those parts of the story were deemed essential by the author and editor and weren't edited out initially, why are they being edited out now? I get that some people are just unwilling to make the time commitment of some of the longer books, but there are plenty of books that are shorter to start with to choose among, so again, I don't get it, but to each his own. What really irks me though is when a publisher only offers an abridged version of a book. If someone really wants to read a chopped up version, that's their prerogative, but why on earth not offer the full and uncut version as well? I have occasionally listened to abridged versions (either they were free, it was the only option, or I was unaware of the abridgement until later), and I always feel gypped. I feel like I should go back afterwards and read the whole actual book. The only time I've actually done that is with David Sedaris's book Naked (my very first foray into audio). I have less issues with abridgements on books like Naked, collections of essays. None of the essays themselves have been shortened - a few have simply been omitted. But I always look for unabridged.

I also feel ripped off when listening to a nonfiction audiobook when I don't get the photo insert. Why can't it be included like the liner notes for a CD? I've even gotten some liner notes from iTunes when I've bought a whole album - why can't I get the same from Audible? I listen to a lot of history audiobooks and it annoys me to know that I'm likely missing out on a photo insert, particularly when I've paid substantially more than the hardcover price. (I didn't even get a map of the Lewis & Clark trail when listening to Undaunted Courage.)

The book I listened to today took advantage of the audiobook format, which I think more should. (Review to come, so I won't go into vast detail.) Granted, not as many authors will have the same contacts to be able to do this (though their publishers do), but the author was able to get some guest stars to do a few voices, particularly when she's quoting people, which was useful. She also got They Might Be Giants to compose a couple of short songs and all the background music! I really love when people see there are some advantages to this format over print, and use them.
Yes, the picture at the top is me crossing the finish line last year. I am in the center, in the purple tank top.

3 comments:

Debbie said...

good luck on your half marathon. Last year I did the 3day-60mile Susan G. Kohmen breast cancer walk.

While training, I listened to a lot of podcasts and also some audio books. I agree with you. why bother if it's not the whole book!

Debbie said...

good luck on your half marathon. Last year I did the 3day-60mile Susan G. Kohmen breast cancer walk.

While training, I listened to a lot of podcasts and also some audio books. I agree with you. why bother if it's not the whole book!

Booksnyc said...

I agree - I prefer the whole book. I look forward to the review of the book you listened to today!

Good luck on the 1/2 marathon - the Country Music Marathon looks like a fun one!