Audiobooks are readings of books
down by usually one reader. They can be Abridged or Unabridged (more about that
later). They can also be dramatised with multiple actors reading different
Why listen to
Human Beings have long had an
oral tradition. We used to sit around the campfire listening to stories.
Children love having stories read to them. Audiobooks are in that oral
tradition. More than that you can listen to audio books when you are doing something
else. Many people get terribly car sick (well car sick, bus sick, plane sick...any kind of
motion sick), and for them there is no way to read a book while in a car or a bus (or
anything moving). An audio book is fantastic on along car/bus/plane/boat
journey. The just time flies as you are taken away on an imaginary journey that
is just like reading (except you can keep you eyes closed)
Audio Books are great when you are doing boring things.
When you do the vacuuming, cleaning the house .... Take an audio book while you do the gardening, taking a walk ..
Audio Books are good for all
sorts of other people
Audio Books are great for children on
long car trips, boys (its usually boys) who don't like to read - get them to
listen to an adventure Audio Book and they will be hooked. - Good for older
people with failing eyesight. Sitting in hospital, or recuperating from an
illness can be much more enjoyable listening to an Audio Book.
Truck Drivers and other long distance
drivers often use Audio Books for fatigue management. Its a great way to keep
you alert and attentive on a long drive.
Audio Books can give you a
For example listening to an Audio
Bible can be totally different to reading the Bible. Some Bible Audio Books are
voiced with multiple actors voices giving the Bible a theatrical feeling. Some
other Audio Books have been recorded with multiple voices - BBC Lord of the
Rings, the Star Wars Trilogy, the New "Dune" AudioBook. These Audio Books become more like movie versions
of books than standard Audio Books.
Abridged Audiobooks, and a cut-down
version of the book, which may be anything to a quarter of its length to three
quarters. Unabridged Audiobooks have every word of the book read.
Learning new things with
There are many Business Audio
Books , audio books that allow you listen to great business ideas while you are
driving around to appointments. Audio Books like Psychology of Selling, Freakonomics
and Buffetology. There are some
great History Audio Books titles as well. Stephen Ambrose Band
of Brothers , John M Barry The Great
Influenza, Bill Bryson - A Short
History of nearly Everything.
Great Motivation from AudioBooks
There are great
motivational Audio Books like Anthony Robbins Audio Books (Awaken
the Giant, Live with
Passion...) Dr Phil Audio Books for solving life's
problems and Zig Ziglar for example, which you can listen to time again.
Some people listen to Anthony Robbins while lifting weights at the
Audio Books make great
An Audio Book is something
different to give as a gift. Just find out what sort of player they have (e.g.
do they have a tape player, a CD player at home or in their car) and get the
sort of book you think they would like. There are plenty of bestsellers around
where you can't go to far wrong, and you can never go wrong buying a child a
Harry Potter Audio Books (there are six of them now - soon to be seven!)
The disappointments of Buying Audio
Some Audio Books sellers have the Audio
Book they are selling ready to post, but most do not.
Most On-line AudioBook sellers are what are called drop
shippers. This means that the Audio Book seller has either NO audio books
at all, or maybe a few of the best sellers. This means most time when they get
your on-line purchase they turn around and then order it from the publisher. The
publisher will send it to the on-line retailer and then the on-line retailer
will send it to you once they have received it. The problem with this is its
really slow!. You are relying on the publisher not the on-line retailer , and if
the publisher is busy (Christmas, holidays etc) you will just have to wait.
Worse still is when an on-line retailer sells you an Audio Book that has gone
out of stock at the publisher. This will take time to find out, and in the end
all you will get is a refund ...no Audio Book.
We order Audio Books from publishers all the time, andwe know how
often they suddenly go out of stock (even really popular titles), or are really
slow in delivery. Trust an online Audio Book
seller who really has the Audio Book in their hands - ask them if you are
Most of the biggest on-line Audiobook
sellers in Australia are drop shippers - they do not have audiobooks in
get free AudioBooks at http://librivox.org/
More free AudioBooks at Gutenberg
Definitive Audio book guide at Wikipedia