I want to start this post of by saying I LOVE audiobooks. I love them so much I gave up a publishing contract with a good publisher over my audiobook rights. As some might know I work full time as a freelance illustrator and cover designer. Drawing can take up a lot of time throughout the day. Instead of listening to music, I listen to books. I average about 3 audiobooks a week. They help me get through my day and get through my “to be read list”. Audiobooks make up at least 90% of my day to day reading. The majority of them are middle-grade books.
Why am I such a lover of audiobooks? Check out this list below to find out. There are many benefits from reading an audiobook. These are just a few:
- Storytelling out loud goes back to the beginning of time. It is how we all used to “read” a story. The love of the spoken word grew into all sorts of other forms of entertainment: readings, theater, and movies. When we listen to an audiobook we are embracing that love that is fused in our very makeup.
- Listening to books can actually help your reading levels. Listening to how words are pronounced and how sentences are spoken aloud can actually strengthen your reading. This is why parents are encouraged by doctors to read aloud to their children at least twenty minutes a day.
- Most narrators have experience in the theater and they showcase that during their productions of audiobooks. Narrators diversify the books by giving different voices to each of the characters and making the senses more real and gripping. I remember my first time listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read by Jim Dale. It was fantastic! I had read that book probably half a dozen times before listening to the audiobook. To be honest, I never enjoyed it as much as I did when Jim Dale read it to me. I really believe that it also promotes literacy to children and gets them excited to read on their own.
- Audiobooks are readily available. Most libraries carry them, and with companies like iTunes and Audible, audiobooks are at our figure tips. This is particularly nice because lots of teachers encourage kids to listen to the audiobook as they follow along in the print version. This too helps advance reading levels.
- Piggybacking on reading along with audiobook I’d like to share a little about Amazon’s Whispersync technology. You can purchase an eBook from Amazon and then get the audiobook (also at a discounted price of normally $1.99) and then you can listen to the book as you read on your kindle. It’s quite fascinating. Each word highlights as the narrator reads along. I think this is a marvelous tool for those that want to advance their reading skills, especially kids.
Did you know that many of the Emblazon authors have audiobooks available? I just found this out myself. They have all been added to my “listening list”. The few that I have had the opportunity to let my ears devour have been sensational. They took me right into another world and kept me entertained up until the very end. Like all good books they left me with a linger of that world still on my mind.
I invite you to listen to an audiobook. If you never have, oh what a treat you are in for. If you have before keep doing it. If your first experience wasn’t so good. Try again. Most people want to tackle an audiobook by listening to something brain challenging like War and Peace. Not that it isn’t a great book, but it might not be your best audiobook “first”. Make your “first” be a middle-grade book…seriously. You will have fun. You will laugh. You will cry. You will become a fan of audiobooks for a lifetime.
List of audiobooks by Emblazoner authors:
- Curse of the Double Digits, by Lynn Kelley
- Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, by LRW Lee
- Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning, Book 2, by LRW Lee
- The Dream Keeper: The Dream Keeper Chronicles, Volume 1, by Mikey Brooks
- The Dreamstone: The Dream Keeper Chronicles, Volume 2, by Mikey Brooks
- A Measure of Disorder, by Alan Tucker
- Jump Boys, by Alex Banks
- Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble: Noah Zarc Book 1, by D. Robert Pease
- Noah Zarc: Cataclysm: Noah Zarc, Book 2, by D. Robert Pease
- Noah Zarc: Declaration: Noah Zarc Book 3, by D. Robert Pease
- Open Minds: Mindjack, Book 1, by Susan Kaye Quinn
- Closed Hearts: Mindjack, Book 2, by Susan Kaye Quinn
- The Candle Star, by Michelle Isenhoff
Some of my “recent” favs to give a listen:
- Seven Wonders, Book 1: The Colossus Rises, by Peter Lerangis
- The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier
- The Princess Sisters, by Stacy Lynn Carroll
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Let me know how your audiobook experiences are going. I love to hear what others think of audiobooks. If you need more suggestions just let me know I have a wickedly long list of favorite audiobooks. My top favorite right now: The Dream Keeper Chronicles books 1 and 2 (I know, I know those are my books. But I still love them). Now go listen to a book!