Condensed/Abridged/Adapted... whatever the word is that indicates this is NOT how it was originally published - I won't buy any of them, I won't read any of them... I want the REAL story, the whole thing in the way the author intended it to be read. Including and Especially Les Miserables! Yes, I know that makes it longer than the Bible... but I love it that way! (and only feel a little guilty that I've never read the Bible in three days)
BUT - I'm here to admit my snobbery and repent of it. I could not find an unabridged copy of Little Women to save my life. Turns out other members of my book club had them at their homes... but I was left with a version that had been "adapted for modern reading". Granted, the "modern reading" that it was adapted for happened to be watching Barney Miller and Quincy M.E. on television instead of LOST and ER... but I think I'm glad of it! (ooh, "glad of it" that sounded SO Alcott)
As much as I enjoyed the story - I'm pretty sure that some of what was cut was the little plays they put on for each other and the newspaper articles they wrote together... and I was skimming those anyway... (more review here)
So to all the folks out there who make their living by "adapting", "abridging" and "condensing" - if I get a vote your jobs are safe... unless of course you adapt, abridge, and condense down to the level of the Cliffs Notes... in which case I still harbor a little resentment.