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Do you live a busy lifestyle with no time to sit down and read a physical book? Have no fear, audiobooks are here! Not only do they provide a convenient way to consume literature on the go, but studies have also shown that listening to audiobooks activates the same areas of the brain as reading a physical book. So, put down that screen and press play on your audiobook. Here are 13 reasons why you should make audiobooks a staple in your daily routine. Happy listening!
Some Narrators are Just so Good at their Job
There so many audiobooks on offer, yet a great narrator can really set a good audiobook apart apart from an amazing audiobook. Audiobooks narrated by professional voice actors tend to be more dynamic in the Storytelling department, Compared to a voice over talent with a good voice, yet poor storytelling qualities. The better the storyteller, the better the audiobook.
A great example is the Australian Horse Racing Series, "Contention" by Stephen Irwin. The Narration is Dynamic and Engaging, and the story is a rollercoaster ride through the Underbelly of the International Horse Racing Industry. A must listen.
Studies have shown that the same areas of the brain are activated when listening to audiobooks as when reading. This means that the brain does not differentiate between these two modes and that listening to audiobooks is just as effective as reading. This is good news for those who may not have the time to sit down and read a physical book, but still want to enjoy the benefits of reading. A compelling example is the best selling Brain Food Audiobook "Master Your Emotions" by Thibaut Meurisse.
Give your eyes a rest from all the screen time
The world is getting digitized more and more with time, which means that employees have to spend a lot of time in front of screens while working. This can result in tired and irritable eyes, making it difficult to read. Audiobooks offer a solution to this problem by allowing you to listen to the book with your eyes closed. Simply plug in your earphones, play the audiobook you're currently listening to, close your eyes and relax. Take a break from the screen and train your money mind with "The Barefoot Investor" by Scott Pape.
One of the major advantages of audiobooks is that you can listen to them while doing other activities. For example, you can listen to an audiobook while on a bus or car to work, cooking, jogging, gardening, or any other activity that allows for the use of headphones. This means that you can increase your reading time from just a few minutes to several hours by listening to audiobooks while completing other tasks. Try the Audio Drama "The Aussie Mana Apocalypse Trilogy", 16 brilliant Hours of Australian Post Apocalyptic Fantasy.
Energise Your Day
Many people find walking, driving, or cleaning the house to be monotonous and boring. However, audiobooks can help to make these activities more interesting and exciting. By listening to an audiobook while completing these tasks, you can convert your down time into an interesting and educational experience.
"Boys Adrift" by Leonard Sax, is a brilliant audiobook that addresses the challenges face by young men to todays society, and offers some radical solutions.
A Wholesome Experience
Audiobooks can provide an added layer of drama and suspense that elevates the way you experience the book. For example, if you've listened to the Harry Potter audiobooks by Stephen Fry or Jim Dale, or the BBC dramatizations of popular classics, you'll know what I'm talking about. The experience is rich, full of magic and wonder! And that's one of the biggest advantages of audiobooks: they can provide that added layer of drama and suspense, which elevates the way you live and experience the book.
If you are a fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, The "The Space Between Worlds" by Micaiha Johnson is fantastical listen through the Multiverse.
Listen to the Author Talking
Another major advantage of audiobooks is that several of them are narrated by the author themselves. This can make the whole experience of going through the book more personalized and richer. Some examples of amazing audiobooks that have been narrated by the author include "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, "Bridge of Clay" by Markus Zusak, "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, and "Mythos" by Stephen Fry.
A great example of a self read Audiobook is "Machiavelli for Women" by Stacey Vinek Smith
Make Great Books even more Entertaining
Some people may find thick books or works of non-fiction to be intimidating, but audiobooks can make these types of books more accessible. When listening to an audiobook, you don't have to worry about the thickness of the book, and if the narrator is good (which is often the case), you can actually enjoy listening to the book.
A stunning Crime/ Thriller is "The Angels Wept" by Ex-Detective, Jack Roney. The Narration is solid and the storyline has the precision only a Law man who's lived the life, can bring to a Detective Saga.
Listen with Family and Friends
Audiobooks can make it easy for families to read the same book together. Everyone can listen to the same amount of the book in a given time period, which allows everyone to stay on the same page.
A sensational audiobook for the Whole Family is "The Sleepy Puppy and Friends" by Robbin Miller. A wonderful collection of Children's Stories, backed by relaxing music like Jazz, Lo-fi Hip Hop and modern meditation music . Sure to have everyone with a big smile on their face as they drift off to sleep.
Audiobooks are available in a variety of formats, including Braille and large print, making them accessible for people with visual impairments or reading difficulties. This means that even those who are unable to read traditional print books are able to enjoy audiobooks.
"Vicarious" by Rhett C. Bruno is an epic imagination stimulation and if you love futuristic stories, this one's for you.
Audiobooks can be downloaded and listened to anytime, anywhere. This means that you can listen to an audiobook while on the go, during your commute, or while doing other activities.
If you loved Sherlock Holmes and detective novels "The Case of the Damaged Detective" by Drew Hayes takes a unexpected angle on the genre. A classic detective duo with a twist.
Improves Vocabulary and Pronunciation
Hearing words spoken out loud can help with vocabulary and pronunciation. This can be especially beneficial for children or non-native speakers learning a new language.
The New York Times bestseller "Limitless" by Jim Kwik is a full brain workout and sure to give you clear guidance on unlocking the potential of you mind.
Many audiobooks are available for free from libraries, can be purchased at a lower cost than physical books and of course, Free trials from platforms like Audible make for inexpensive listening. This makes them a cost-effective option for those who enjoy reading but may not have the budget to purchase multiple physical books.
Great for Commutes
Long commutes can be made more enjoyable with audiobooks. Instead of staring out the window or listening to music, you can listen to an audiobook and make the most of your time.
"Dirt and Dust" by Amelia Olsen, is an amazing story of a family over coming the trauma of her husband taking his own life. Amelia and her son Riley take on a 1400 kilometre Motorcycle tour to the Top End of Australia. The sights are amazing, yet nothing compares to the insights they discover.