I finished listening to The Little Friend by Donna Tartt this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book tells the story of 12 year old Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes and how she makes up her mind one summer to solve the murder of her brother. Oh, and also to get even with the killer.
I requested this book from the library because I very much liked The Goldfinch. I admit that when I picked it up, I was surprised there weren't more CD's, since the Goldfinch was quite long. So, when the story concluded and the reader said "this has been an abridged verison...", my jaw dropped. I said "what the what?"
I had no clue I was listening to an abridged edition. I usually NEVER like to listen to anything that has been abridged. I guess that bright green sticker that warns the borrower what could happen if a disc is lost or damaged must have been placed strategically over the part that says it's abridged. Anyway. Here's the deal. Lots of reviewers mentioned they thought the book was too long. The regular version is 26 hours. This version was only six. I didn't feel like there were gaps in the story and can't imagine what was in the 20 hours that was left out. That said, I don't need to know. I loved it just the way it was and can highly recommend the abridged audiobook.
This is an example of how sometimes when you do something that you usually never do, it turns out to be right that you did it. If that makes any sense at all.