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Summary

While on an archaeological dig, 7-year-old Tia falls mysteriously ill. Her sickness may have been caused by the EsKays, a race whose artifacts are scattered throughout the galaxy. The young shellperson goes in search of the EsKays, whose fate remains an enigma, to try to find answers. This heartwarming tale is narrated by television and stage actress Constance Towers.
©1992 by Bill Fawcett and Associates, Abridgment Approved by the Authors (P)1994 by Dove Audio, Inc.

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Weirdly Abridged

I don't know if it's strictly an abridgement, or just a different edit to my paper copy, but it's missing a lot of... Character.

Chapter breaks are very abrupt.

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  • Lisa
  • 26-07-04

It's a great idea...

But this abridgement is poorly done. Large sections of the story are omitted. Dove audio is not my favorite vendor. They take a slash and burn approach to editing.

But I still love these very predictable stories from Anne McCaffrey. Find the books and read them as a guilty pleasure. But avoid these recordings. Or at least wait until somebody does an unabridged version.

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  • Susan McKillican
  • 03-03-10

The story is still enjoyable

However, as others have commented, the abridgement is very poorly done, with characters making reference to comments made earlier in the story that were cut, and, in one case, a character "replies" to a question that was not asked.

As this is a story I know very well (I have lost count of the number of times I've reread it), I'm frustrated by the editing. While some of the edits don't noticeably interrupt the flow of the tale, others are so glaringly obvious, I find myself pausing the book for a period of time.

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  • Caitie
  • 17-02-14

Won't buy abridged book ever again

I really enjoyed this story and Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors. This abridgement, however, was horribly done. Some parts of the story made no sense because pertinent information was taken out earlier in the story. OR, frustratingly, a plot point is begun, but never brought to fruition. I have since purchased the book, read it, and loved it. If this was a performance of the full, unabridged book, I would easily rate it 5/5.

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  • Alaric
  • 10-02-15

Ruined in the abridging

This book was butchered when they cut it down. Lost a lot of plot and character development. Also the plot takes a few confusing jumps as a result.

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  • Randall
  • 29-01-15

don' t bother if you know this story already

Would you try another book from Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey and/or Constance Towers?

Not if it is another abridged version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ship Who Searched?

Sadly most of those moments were so horribly hacked apart in the abridging that I cannot really say for this title.

Which character – as performed by Constance Towers – was your favorite?

Hypatia

Do you think The Ship Who Searched needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not if it is as poorly abridged as this one was

Any additional comments?

Please for the love of all that matters stop selling poorly abridged books like this. Please have someone listen to the book who knows the story or at least follows along in an actual written copy. This book was so horribly abridged that entire, VERY important parts were ripped out but not later references to those part making for a very jarring and unenjoyable experience. Fans of the series should not bother with this title or any other in the series due to this fact.

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  • Lori F.
  • 23-10-12

Prefer unabridged but not too bad

The abridged version leaves out much of the soul searching and parentheses that Ms Lackey indulges in, which is good. But this version, as other readers have said, goes a little - just a little - too far. The scene where Hypatia chooses a 'brawn' is cut drastically and looses it's coherance. The bits with the bear are cut too much. Lars is cut too much. Etc. The book is cut to a little more that two hours. A three hour version would be much better.

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  • Sassy1980
  • 26-03-11

Unabridged Version

This is my favorite of Anne MacCaffrey's Ships series - however, the abridgement detracts from the story. I would love to hear this as an unabridged version.

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  • Schillil
  • 06-07-18

Love the book, but this is not good

I've loved this book for many years, but this audiobook is very poorly executed. Abridgments don't bother me too much if they are just trimming things back, but this cut out large swaths of a book that isn't terribly long to begin with. Whole conversations that are later referenced are cut out. Sometimes they splice sentences from two seperate people into one.

And then there is the reader. She didn't really use any voices at all. I, an untrained parent reading to my children, use more varied voices for characters. It isn't that Tia's voice sounded like the narration voice. It is that Tia, Alex, Dr Kenny, Hank, and all the rest had the same voice with no accenting, no deepening for the guys, no real lighter voice for young Tia. Frankly, it was boring to listen to.

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  • Leo Douglas
  • 30-08-17

The ship who searched

I love her stories. This one was short but sweet. I'll get more and keep reading.

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  • Lisa F.
  • 07-04-17

Favorite Book

This is one of my favorite books. However I do NOT like this abridged version as the various parts cut do damage to the fullness of the character of Hypatia. I will always prefer to read the actual book in this case and am forevermore likely to pay only for unabridged audiobooks.