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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Audiobooks: an addition or alternative to reading - interlude

I had listened to audiobooks a few times during school, but I wasn't too keen on them. A few years ago one of the books I wanted to borrow from the library was only available in audio format, so I decided to give it a try. It opened up a new avenue for my reading.

Audiobooks are a wonderful invention. At one time they were available as records and audio cassettes. Now they are more frequently found in CD and digital format. Many books are often offered as both unabridged and abridged (shortened/condensed).

There are many services for payment for audiobooks. There are also free resources like local libraries that often carry many newer books and Librivox.org that carries out of copyright texts in audio format. The Library of Philadelphia also has library card available for a fee, if you want to check out digital media there.

If you're looking for a way to add reading to your life or to add a couple extra books to your reading list, audiobooks may be the way to go. By listening to audiobooks during my daily commute to and from work, I normally add 2 books to my monthly count. Many people enjoy listening to audiobooks while working, exercising, or even cleaning the house. It's a great way to indulge a hobby, while getting stuff done.

Of course, a good narrator makes a huge difference between whether the book is a hit or a miss in this particular format. Narrators like Dick Hill make the characters come to life. He makes it easy to tell one character from the other by the way he speaks. Events take on real tenderness or urgency with just the change of his tone.

Many books I had difficulty getting through when reading were much more palatable in audio format.

I suggest giving audiobooks a try, if you haven't already.

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