Although as far back as the 1930s there’s been audio capabilities from spoken albums, it was about the 1980s and later when publishers and book sellers began to put videocassettes, DVDs, and compact discs on their shelves. Nowadays, we’ve gone a step further by hearing the words of the author in a downloadable format. Is all this audio stuff taking away from words that would once be read with our eyes?
Many who support today’s newest method of reading would think not. Here are a few benefits of audiobooks for young and old:
- Listening to a narrator tell a story allows one to create a visual of a story. Audio books enhance writing, vocabulary, speaking and listening skills. Hearing the spoken words of a novel will open minds up to the historical tradition of storytelling.
- The spoken words of a novel can be amusing as many narrators are actors projecting their own unique tone of voices for different characters in the book.
- There are many folks who would love to read, but find it difficult to keep focus of a 300 page novel. Hence, their books pile up only half read if even that.
- The several hours of a road trip can pass by much quicker when listening to an audio book. In fact, I know of many who listen to book after book simply during their drive to work every day.
- Books can be listened to in a group, as a family. All will hear the same thing, but may have different thoughts and interpretations which may be opened for discussion. Audio books could also be a new way of participating in a book club.
- Audio books are perfect for busy lifestyles while working out, taking a walk, riding a bike, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house and more. That audio book will make your undesired chores not seem so bad!