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Subject: Abridged or unabridged?
Date Posted: 8/9/2014 4:02 PM ET
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I'm trying to determine if this audio book on CD is abridged or unabridged.  So far I've been unable to figure it out.  Any help (with sources cited) would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  www.paperbackswap.com/English-Family-American-Rebecca-Burlend/book/1935877011/

Date Posted: 8/9/2014 6:03 PM ET
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It looks as if it may not be either.  From what I can tell, this has no print book equivalent. 

One site says "Victoria Botkin will take you back to original source documents, enhanced by sound effects and period music, breathing life into the very words of real heroines of American history." 

The site defines an audiobook as a print book read aloud by a narrator.  I'm not sure whether or not this would qualify -- there's no print book -- but there are original source documents being read aloud.  

Depending on how it is set up (is there narration outside of the reading of the source documents?) it may be a "spoken word recording", in which case it should be posted on swapaCD rather than here. 

I found info here:





Date Posted: 8/9/2014 6:19 PM ET
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This was originally titled A True Picture of Emigration. The link below shows the back of the CD package.  It is "adapted" and read by the narrator.  Adaption usually means abridged vs translated which may be unabridged.


Just found the original book was only 167 pages so 2 CDS could possibly be most of it.


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Date Posted: 8/9/2014 6:22 PM ET
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I wasn't able to find a site that states whether the audiobook is abridged or not.

The product description at www.rainbowresource.com lists this ISBN as two CDs, 2 hr, 16 min.

And the product description at www.westernconservatory.com has that it is available both on 2 CDs and on MP3, 1 hr, 55min.


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