The benefits of listening to audio books

I am over at Writing to be Read with a post about the benefits of audio books for children. Thank you Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me.

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I love listening to audio books. There is no better way, in my experience, to appreciate a good book than listening to it being read aloud by a skilled reader. I listen to approximately four audio books in a six week period, many of which are classic books.

My love of listening to stories started when I was a little girl, although audio books were few and far between then. I remember listening repeatedly to a cassette with four stories about a family’s adventures in the wild west of America which I was given as a birthday present. My father also bought me a couple of LP’s, including Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty, and I listened to these often.

During our music appreciation lessons at school, our teacher played us the audio books of Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale for children, which comprises of a…

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    1. Hi Bella, I buy my audio books through Amazon US and they offer a deal where you can buy three audio book credits for US$30 which makes the books US$10 each which is not nearly as bad. I bought the whole Wheel of Time series for my mom using these credits.

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  1. I enjoyed your post. You make a very good case for the benefits of audio books for children’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. And it was nice to be reminded of Peter and the Wolf, a favorite of mine and my daughter’s.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Liz. I also love audio books and use that medium for more complex reads like Fahrenheit 451 which I am currently listening too. Michael has listened to 3 audio books in two weeks which is fantastic.

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  2. Wonderful post, Robbie. I had many sets of audio books for students when I was teaching. One good thing was I could pay attention to the students and turn the pages while the audio was on otherwise I would have to do 3 or 4 things which teachers always do.

    Yes, I started listening to audio books myself. Amazon just sent me a sticker because I listened for one hour during lunch time!!

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  3. When I taught college classes, I had some of my students listen to the required texts when they struggled to get through them on their own. As long as they were ready for our discussions, I didn’t care how they prepared. I am glad that your valid thoughts on audio books was shared on another blog so more people could hear them.

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  4. Great post Robbie, you are certainly on tour this week! Good for you. And I agree. I think audio books are wonderful for reading to children and for busy adults who can listen while doing something else. 🙂

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  5. Me too Robbie, especially when knitting, 🙂 though I have been known to get carried away in the plot of the book while listening and forget what stitches I am supposed to be knitting as I lose track of the pattern.. So now tend to listen only when on a less complicated pattern lol

    Many thanks for sharing Robbie.. ❤

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    1. I don’t listen in the car if I am going somewhere new as I can also get to distracted by the story, Sue. I like listening while I do fondant art although I haven’t done much for a while. I just haven’t had much time for it lately.

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  6. I LOVE listening to audio books, Robbie, especially when I am traveling and driving by myself. I have a 70 minute drive one way to the delta each weekend in the summer and its the perfect time to listen to pass the time. It is rather nice to be read to! I installed the chirp app (discounted audiobooks and I also enjoy the Overdrive app that links to the public library system. You can download audiobooks to a device or e-books to your kindle free for 21 days.

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    1. I also love audio books, Terri. I buy the Amazon audio special where you get three credits for US$30. Some of the audio books are over US$50 so it works out to be a big saving. I also listen mainly when I drive. Thanks for visiting and reading.

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