Hi snapcase! Smoke me a kipper!
This all comes down to personaly choice. The abridged version can be fun if you've read the book and know the whole story and, for example, if you are on a long car journey and want something to relieve the boredom.
I also enjoyed Blackadder and Tony Robinson's character.
There's classical music station I listen to over here called Classic FM and Tony Robinson has done several very funny programs about the lives of classical composers and a book called The Complete Guide to Classical Music. But - there is an advert for this book on the station that gets played quite often and it drives me nuts!
It has Tony saying: "If you've never even thought of buying a book about classical music, then the Classic FM Guide to Classical Music is just what you've been waiting for!"
Now call me sillyif you like, but if I'f never even thought of buying a book on classical music, why would this one be just what I've been waiting for? It makes no sense at all. I don't know if Tony wrote the advert, but it makes me cringe every time I hear it - so I'm blaming him.
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