Audio Books give us the ability to experience a wealth of stories from the world of literature without having to turn a page. They can be useful in a wide variety of situations, whether you want to finish the latest book by your favourite author whilst driving a car, if you wish to take your mind off of a bad migraine, or if someone is blind and they wish to experience fantastic works just like everyone else. As a result the world of the audio book continues to grow and in the digital age it is now easier than ever to get hold of the next big thing.

Whilst books have been around for as long as we can remember the ability to record someone’s voice and make it available on a wide scale is a much more recent phenomenon (though audio books have been readily available since the 1930s). But it is a natural way to enjoy a story, after all before books were being bound around the world people were meeting around camp fires and sharing stories out loud in person to large groups of people. Story telling is a part of human nature and audio books bring it back to its most basic form.

Sometimes a famous person might also be employed to read the story for audio books, adding to the experience and making it into something even more memorable. But audio books are not just restricted to fictional stories and this is why there are plenty of factual audio books out there that can also be enjoyed through tape recorders, CD players or computers/mp3 players.

So for whatever reason you might choose them, audio books provide a welcome alternative to the written page and allow books to reach a wider audience, ensuring that we will continue to enjoy them for years to come.

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