Discover the Magic of Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy your favorite books while multitasking. Whether you’re getting ready for a road trip or a crafter whose hands are busy with knitting needles or puzzle pieces, audiobooks let you keep listening – any time, any where. Have fun with these facts about audiobooks.

The First Audiobook

Audiobooks first emerged in 1932 with the establishment of a recording studio by The American Foundation for the Blind. Each side held about 15 minutes of speech. Initial recordings included William Shakespeare’s plays, The Constitution, and the novel “As the Earth Turns” by Gladys Hasty Carroll.

The Longest Audiobook

The longest audio book is 146,444 minutes and 52 seconds long, titled Shree Haricharitramrut Sagar. This biography of Lord Swaminarayan, a prominent figure in Hinduism is 101 days in length.

Audiobooks are Good for You and the Environment

Studies have shown that listening to audiobooks improves cognitive functioning. For people dealing with ADD or ADAD, listening to an audiobook while doing other tasks helped their focus. Listening to audiobooks is also beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairment.

Like ebooks and other digital content, audiobooks require less resources (ink, paper, transportation) to be produced and distributed. Listening to an audiobook is good for Mother Earth!

Are you an audiobook listener? Comment with your favorite way to listen or your favorite narrator for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

15 Comments

  1. I LOVE audiobooks! I listen to them whenever I’m alone in my car, and when I’m working out at the gym (beats the headbanging stuff they usually play). I always have at least one in rotation.

  2. I love audiobooks and listen to mine in the car. I do a lot of house sitting out of my hometown area, so those books are life savers on a long trip! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  3. My favorite way to listen to audiobooks is while lying in the hammock that I have set up in my backyard.

  4. I adore audio books. I usually have one going a good deal of the time. I knit, crochet, embroidery, sew, quilt. Yep, crafty me listens to audio books while I read. Love them . Favorite narrators? James Marsters. Ryan West. Susan Ericksen. Marguerite Gavin. Wil Wheaton. Shane East. To name a few. AI? You can keep it. I won’t listen to it. Give me a live person who can emote and pronounce all to words correctly, or at least the same, ALL the time. MHO!

    1. I agree with you so much on the AI. Sadly, for authors like myself who are not making a lot of money, AI is free. No, it’s not the same, but until I can afford narrators, its what I have to use. Someday…

  5. I usually listen on my way to work, while working and then on my way home. Trying to get my spouse to listen more now that he’s having problems since his 2nd concussion but it’s not working to my advantage.

    1. Hi Kendra,
      Somehow I missed your comment. I”m so so sorry to hear your husband has had two concussions. Those are scary. Hopefully, he’s doing better. Have a great weekend.

      Sylvia

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