Audio Books and the Importance of Listening

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I am a reader. But I’m an admittedly slow reader. It takes me a very long time to finish a book. But I’ll work at it slowly each night. Being frustrated that my schedule was not allowing me to read all the stories that I wanted to, I recently turned to audiobooks and I wanted to share with you little bit about my experience.

Now I’ve always known about audio books, but I simply enjoy READING so much I just didn’t want to sacrifice a book to audio. Well, I was missing out.

I recently listened to the middle grade audiobook “Bigger than a Breadbox” by Laurel Snyder. It is an awesome story about when magic can and can’t do, beautifully read by Chris Fogg. The sound of the story had it’s own personality and I loved every moment of it. The experience is completely different than reading, and not too unlike watching a movie, but your ears and brain are doing all the work instead of your eyes.

After some research on the web I found a few interesting articles about the benefits of audiobooks and reasons why it’s not only a good idea but beneficial to add them to your “reading” repertoire.

This slideshare, shows some of the benefits of audiobooks for children and teens, like increased reading proficiency, increased vocabulary and pronunciation.

This pdf is a bibliography of articles and research on the benefits of audiobooks for young readers.

Here is a teacher and librarian resource site touching on the importance of audiobooks.

Free public domain audio books:

http://www.audiobooksforfree.com/browse/Childrens/Children-Classics

https://librivox.org/

Audiobooks as a whole can be cost prohibitive and so I recommend checking out your local libraries which use Overdrive and/or OneClickDigital for audio books that you can easily download.

So there’s no reason not to try out a great audiobook. Let us know what you’ve listened to!

 

AnshaKotyk Ansha Kotyk continues to read paperbacks and ebooks, but now a whole new world has opened up with the sound of audiobooks.

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7 thoughts on “Audio Books and the Importance of Listening

  1. Great post, Ansha. I would also add a website, Podiobooks.com, to your list of free audiobooks.

    I agree with your assessment. I recently listened to The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks and loved hearing the various character’s voices. The narrator made the book come alive.

    I’d also add a site called Coloniel Radio Theater at colonialradio.com. This is a fun group of people who take audiobooks to a whole ‘nuther level. They rewrite the script and make it into an old time radio theater. My favorite so far is their version of The Star Angel which won an award.

  2. I’m a long-time fan of audiobooks. Don’t forget that your library is probably a great source for audiobooks in a variety of formats including digital downloads. Our library also lends Playaways. Playaways are a self-contained audiobook players with the books preloaded. Just throw in a battery and hook up earbuds or plug into a speaker and it’s read to play. They are very portable which make them great for kids or to take walking. (http://library.playaway.com/).

    Another source for free audiobooks is SYNC YA. SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer. You can find their 2014 lineup at http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

    Happy listening!

  3. I only ever listen to audiobooks when I’m in the car because, like you, I’d prefer to read. And I’m a very visual learner. I tend to miss things when I just listen. But I get them from the library for my boys on occassion, to give myself a break during read aloud time. They love them! And one of them, in particular, is a very auditory learner. Audiobooks are one more valuable tool to add to my bag of language arts tricks.

  4. I LOVE audio books. Amazon now offers a bit discount on audiobooks (if available) when we buy an eBook. So that makes them a bit more affordable. I’ve only got one audiobook out so far, for Curse of the Double Digits. It’s only $1.99 for the audiobook when the eBook is bought from Amazon (currently $1.99). I need to check out those links you have in your post.

    Awesome blog post, Ansha. I listen to audio books at night and it helps me fall asleep. The next night, I just go back to the last part I remember before I fell asleep. I also listen to the text-to-speech option on my Kindle for books I don’t have the audio version of.

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