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Stretchomarx
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What ever this hip new thing was supposed to be, it is going on 7 weeks post hardback release. Whats going on? and why are you making it so hard for me to give you money? I would be willing to pay the hard back price what I am not willing to do is try and remember to hit a bookstore when I am making the 30 mile round trip into town.
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I have a question that doesn't seem to be answered anywhere on this forum in previous threads or on Amazon.com.

I'm fine buying the "Enhanced eBook" version of Shadows In Flight (even though it's a month and change late) -- as long as the text is the same as the hardcover/original release. So my question:

Is the Enhanced eBook of Shadows in Flight abridged or is the full story as the hardback?

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The implication here is that it is abridged.
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Wow, this entire book is one giant (pun) FAIL after another. Back to the Dark Tower series for me.
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I thought that the enhanced ebook was supposed to be exclusive to the Kindle, but apparently it's been available for the Nook for over a month. Who Knew?

ETA:
Also available for Kobo

[ April 03, 2012, 11:33 PM: Message edited by: neo-dragon ]

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How can it be more abridged?

I'm very glad I only spent $10 getting it from Audible.

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Abrdiging is sometimes, though rarely, extremely limited, and may be done only to, for instance, take out pronouns and signifiers in an audiobook read by multiple readers (their being unnecessary). The most cynical and horrifying abridgings include *summaries* of what is being skipped over. This is artistically criminal, in my view. The best abridged works distill a longer work into a more essential narrative. Not good, but perhaps tolerable.

In this case, I'd bet the abridging relates to a number of visual descriptions being replaced by actual illustrations. Which I think is stupid, but I'm not a fan of graphic novels, because it always feels to me like there are two narrative voices, where there should be only one.

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