An Audio book is a book read by professional actors and recorded into a tape or an audio CD.
Why do you need it if you have a regular book?There are two major reasons why audio books appeared on the market. First, to read a regular book you would need to be in a more or less comfortable surrounding, you would also need good vision and illumination. However, you can listen to the audio books virtually in any conditions:
- while working out, having breakfast, taking a walk
- commuting to or from work or in public transportation.
- while running household errands
- in your car, especially standing in traffic jams or during long drives.
Second, this professional performance allows you to catch some intricate nuances you would otherwise miss. Sometimes a difference between reading a regular book and listening to an audio book is compared to reading the notes and listening to a live musical performance.
Who needs audio books?Everyone who does not want to waste time, but wishes to use it for leisure, entertainment or to elevate one's cultural level. In our opinion, it is especially beneficial to:
- Drivers. Why waste time, while you can "read" Chekhov's stories or Marinina's thriller while en route to or from work? Audio books are indispensable for traffic jams, on the train or for the long drives between the cities. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo, for example, is 22 hours of playing time, which will last all the way from NY to Toronto and back.
- House persons. How many hours a day do you spent cleaning, cooking or washing dishes? 2-3 hours, sometimes even more? Days go by; the time is flying adding nothing to your intellect or knowledge. Meanwhile you can spend those hours listening to your favorite classics or detective stories.
- Blind and visually impaired people. You can present an audio book to your mother and give her eyes some rest. It would also do you some good too if you take your own eyes off that fine print, especially if you worked with computers or documents all day long.
If you want to get your child used to reading, try putting an audio book into his or her player: reading aloud is closer to a normal conversation and is more easily comprehended.
If you don't have time to read, you can always find some time to listen, because we regularly spend so much of it for travel, household choirs or other routine work, while those hours can be used for enjoying a book.
Take a closer look at your day!