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Audio Books: A New Way To Learn

Aug 17, 2007
Audio books are books you can enjoy by listening to them. Commonly, these are literary works that come to life, at least for the sense of hearing, through the voices of professional narrators or even famous actors. Audio books have changed the way people read books by making it more convenient and easy. This new literary format is taking bibliophiles by storm.

There are two types of services where you can enjoy audio books. The first and the classic one is audio book rentals. This set up permits a reader to rent a specific number of audio books that are recorded in common media devices like cassette tapes and compact discs. In this arrangement, you order the audio books from vendors, wait for the mailman to deliver the audio books, finish reading them within a specified period or pay penalties, return the audio books thru vendor's prepaid mail.

Obviously, this burdensome and winding process of renting or acquiring a book, not to mention the hassles of carrying or losing the cassette tapes or compact discs, has discouraged some book lovers from ever ordering audio books. So vendors, and major libraries this time, have ingeniously come up with the second type of audio book service, the audio book download.

As the name suggests, this service offers an option of acquiring or renting books by means of downloading the audio book online. For a minimal monthly cost, you can download a number of your favorite literary titles without waiting for delivery and without an obligation to return them as the encryption code for the audio books automatically expire on the due date.

Audio book rental and audio book download have their pros and cons. For instance, rentals are available only in the States, while downloads can be made anywhere in the world. Of course, rentals can be a lot cheaper, but downloads do not make you wait for the delivery. Notwithstanding the many advantages and disadvantages of these two audio book services, audio books are the newest vehicles for learning; together, audio book rental and download are effective and convenient in the following areas:

Driving Your Car

Driving can be very tiresome, if not totally draining. A perfect way to pass the time and keep your cool amidst the tangled traffic is by listening to audio books. If you are living far from your place of work, convert those long driving hours into learning sessions. An audio book is all you need to keep yourself alert while driving and to feed yourself new knowledge.

Taking Mass Transit

If you are taking the train or the bus to work, whay not be learning as you travel? This lifestyle leaves you no room for reading and learning new things; and you know what they say about reading and becoming a person of substance. Through audio books, you do not need to allocate precious time for reading books and experiencing its favorable effects on your personality. By using audio books, you can be reading books anytime, anywhere, and in any position at that!

Keeping Your Skills Up

Advancement in technology is happening faster than anyone can cope with. The sad part is, if you are left behind by the ever changing technological progress, you lose your way of life. But through audio books, you can play catch up with what is current in the world of science and technology. Update your skills, not by attending seminars which you can have a hard time allocating time for, but through audio books.

Audio books will definitely save you time, energy, and money while you start sharpening your skills.

Learning New Languages

The best way for anybody to learn a foreign language is to be immersed in a community or a society that speaks the language you want to learn. Native speakers of the foreign tongue that you want to learn will help you know the pronunciation and other intricacies of the language. Just like English, other languages will have idiomatic expressions that are difficult to imbue if you do not spend time with a native speaker.

However, only few of us have the time and money to actually learn French in Paris or Swahili in Africa. Audio books are the perfect choice if you want to learn new languages during your free time. Audio books will teach you not just how to read but how to say the words correctly.
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