Literary, self-improvement, historical… There is a great variety in the available audiobooks, which, the truth is, are not preferred by traditional bookworms because by listening to a narrative, you break the meaning of reading, meaning, for some, sacred. Audiobooks provide blind and people with various difficulties related to reading and concentration the opportunity to get acquainted with masterpieces of world literature and beyond.
A lovely, clear voice reading a play can keep you company and travel, while at the same time you can do something else or try to relax. Audiobooks are impressive, educational, informative, fun, and ideal for a lot of little time. Audiobooks can also change the way we listen, read and learn, improve our knowledge, especially for young readers, and better observe the language we speak.
Cumulatively some of the benefits for regular audiobooks listening are:
- 52% increase in reading accuracy
- Increase reading speed, expand vocabulary and improve fluency
- Teaching pronunciation especially if it is an audiobook in another language
- Improved understanding by 76%
- Improved test performance by 21% as it effectively helps in learning
Especially for students:
- 27% of children from kindergarten to the age of 12 learn through hearing
- Students can hear and understand twice as much as just reading
- The combination of text and audio increases the retrieval of information by 40% than if only the text existed
Hearing is the first language skill we acquire, and 85% of what we learn. Listening to Audiobooks can make the learning process much more manageable for young students who have difficulty reading. It also makes it comprehensive and fun. There are endless reasons why audiobooks are an essential part of learning, whether they are educational books or literature.
Why would I want to listen to a book instead of reading it?
For many reasons: Because, say, you make a long train/ship/plane trip, and you want to wander out the window listening to the story, instead of staring at the pages of your book. Because you are of a certain age, and the eyes get tired of reading from one point onwards. Because you are generally an acoustic kind of person. Because it is a new, interesting, if not all, way of approaching literature, and you want to see if it suits you before you reject it.
We said “new”, and this is not entirely true: Audiobooks — mainly poetry and plays — have been around since 1930. They became popular first in the US and then in other parts of the world in the 1980s when publishing houses began to release the audio version of the books they published at the same time or shortly after the physics one. Nowadays, audiobooks sell so much that famous actors are hired to record audiobooks of new and classic books. Professional voice actors work and create content for audiobooks, and it is pretty common. You can see a variety of narrators at voquent.com, a voice agency that can cater to any particular need and style of storytelling.