Unfortunately, audible doesn't seem to provide an answer why they have abridged titles in their library only saying that: We try to provide unabridged audio in our catalogue of titles whenever possible. However this is not always possible so we will occasionally have some abridged audiobooks. Thanks audible, that was really helpful!! ???I personally would prefer the unabridged version in any case so I think the next book we choose (if there is an audible version of it or I can obtain one from elsewhere) should be the full thing as I don't want to miss anything out......unless it's really boring ::)Anyway Laura, enjoy the book. I did even though my version was short.