Audiobooks: Are You Listening

Audiobooks: Are You Listening

Have you ever listened to audiobooks? Many people find them to be a convenient, affordable alternative to reading. Reading is one of the first things to be sacrificed these days, as time is a precious commodity. Thanks to audiobooks, this is no longer an issue because you can listen on your phone.

What are Audio Books?

Audiobooks are often called the spoken word since someone reads the book for you. Famous actors or voice actors sometimes narrate fictional audiobooks, bringing the characters to life with their captivating voices. Some books are so captivating that you feel as if you’re immersed in the story.

Benefits of Audio Books?

Many people learn by listening to books rather than reading them. Studies have shown that audio books can help with pronunciation and comprehension. Audio Books also have the advantage of being an instant download, so you won’t have to wait for an Amazon delivery or have to visit a book store.

People listening to audiobooks

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Where Should I Listen to Audio Books?

The best feature of audio products is their flexibility. As you clean the house or do other chores, you can listen to someone else read for you. It’s common for people to listen to audio books while they drive, work out, or do any other activity where they have time to listen. 

How Do You Download Audio Books?

You can download many apps for your phone, computer, or tablet, just like computer programs. There are hundreds (or even thousands) of fiction and non-fiction downloadable audiobooks available at online bookstores.

Several companies, including Spotify, Audible, Apple Books, and Rakuten Kobo, make it easy to download an audiobook after creating an account. Many of them allow you to listen to a portion of the book before you buy it.

Where Can I Download Audio Books for Free?

Most audiobook services, including Spotify and Audible, offer free books and allow you to listen to a few for free before paying. A selection of free audiobooks is also available to Amazon Prime members every month.

You can download free audiobooks in the public domain from many sources, including LibreVox, Loyal Books, Project Guttenberg, Open Culture, Internet Archives, and Overdrive. 

Reedsy has a great article on this: The 20 Best Places To Find Free Audiobooks Online.

Top Five Audio Books of 2021

According to Parade, these were the top five audiobooks of 2021. You can click here to read their entire list of 30.

  1. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green (non-fiction)
  2. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner (non-fiction)
  3. Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid on Audible (mystery)
  4. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir on Audible, (science fiction)
  5. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave on Audible (thriller)

Nine Audio Books to Improve Your Mind

Below are some of the best non-fiction audiobooks to improve your mind.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie 
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  • Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  • Build Your Self Esteem by Glenn Harrold 
  • Develop a Powerful Memory by Glenn Harrold
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Power is within You by Louise L. Hay 
  • Creating Inner Peace and Calm by Glenn Harrold

Final Thoughts

Start downloading audiobooks and build your library today. Do you listen to audiobooks or do you still prefer print? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

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