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The Audio Book
One friend has commented that he reads through audio books and has read more since using this technology. Companies like “Books on Tape” and “Recorded Books” began with tape cassettes in the 1980’s, evolved to compact disks in the 1990’s, and now offer downloadable files for MP3 players. Most public libraries offer all forms – cassettes, CD’s, and file downloads- at no cost to the reader. My library has over 16,000 titles available to download. Just get a library card and start listening err….reading.
Listening to audio books is a great way to catch up on the classics like Moby Dick and War and Peace, or the Bible, or that novel on your reading list which you just can’t get around to starting. It gives readers access to books which they may never read otherwise due to time constraints or other barriers.
When you began listening to audio books, you quickly become familiar with the narrator format. Narrators add depth and color to a story. Most create unique dialect and personality for each of the characters, making them come alive. The narrator’s story telling is what makes audio books so popular. If you are a fan of “Recorded Books”, chances are you have heard narrator George Guidall. On this blog, Mr. Guidall is the standard by which all narrators should be measured.
An acquaintance said to me last week that people learn in many different ways – through visual and auditory means. If this is true, the enjoyment of good literature through audio books will increase readership. It will inspire the 286 million MP3 player owners, reported by ZDNet, to absorb more knowledge – whether it’s by listening to or reading a book.