Why Stand-Up Comedians Are So Popular On Audiobooks

People are talking about audiobooks more and more these days, but many aren’t aware of what material you can get on them. In fact there’s a very interesting and varied range of topics covered, and audiobooks showcasing stand-up comedians are one of the biggest sellers right now.

There are many reasons why this type of audio book is so popular. This is because comedy has such a profound effect on human emotions.

Comedy audiobooks are excellent for alleviating boredom when travelling, waiting for someone, exercising, cooking, doing office work, washing clothes, cleaning and tidying, the list is endless. Having a chuckle will make the time fly by, keep you motivated and productively on track.

There are many situations where we can get stressed, nervous, and unhappy. You may have missed your train, be sitting in a waiting room for a doctor or dentist, recovering from illness, injury, disappointment, shock or bereavement.

Having a laugh will help you through sad, difficult, depressing times. A comedy audiobook will lift your spirits and help you keep the blues at bay.

There are other situations which are stressful, but you really need to ‘perform’ with your usual confidence in order to get the outcome you want.

You could be going on a first date, appearing on stage, going to an interview, an appraisal, a tricky meeting, or asking your boss for a rise. Having a laugh will remove your feelings of unease and calm your nerves so you sparkle and shine like the star you really are, and get the result you really want.

Audio books enable you to walk around listening to some of the world’s top stand-up comedians on stage at the height of their powers. Imagine the effect that will have on your mood.

The mighty Billy Connolly in all his full-on, manic, hilarious glory will have you in stitches. Billy’s full-flight school of delivery is unrelenting and comes at you like a Highland warrior in the heat of battle. Much of his material is autobiographical, dealing especially with his childhood in Glasgow, Scotland. Big Slipper and Incontinence Pants are a couple of his best sketches.

The surreal humour of Bill Bailey will really put a smile on your face. With his thin goatee beard, Bill calls himself “half troll”, and “confused hippy”. He appeared on the British comedy TV show Black Books, and entertains brilliantly as a personality on British TV panel games and chat-shows. Bill makes regular appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, and Have I Got News for You.

If you enjoy wry observation, listen to the Irish stand-up comedy genius Dylan Moran. Dylan is known for his effortless comedy brilliance, and his hilarious world-weary attitude. His often apparent drunkenness and his somewhat grumpy but warm and engaging delivery make him very similar to Dave Allen from the 1970s and Eighties. With a rich vocabulary, Moran has a surreal way of expressing things, accompanied by a wonderful lyrical Irish Whimsy. He just speaks his mind, whatever his mind may be saying at the time.

With audio books like these, you’ll be able to banish feelings of boredom, stress and unhappiness, and enjoy a happier, more confident and productive mental state.

iPod Video: The Evolution Continues

It’s finally here! What you’ve been waiting for. First, the iPod played songs, then it displayed photos and then podcasts. And now it will even play videos! Wondering what I’m talking about?? The iPod Video, of course!

The iPod has forever changed the way people listen to music and the iPod Video is the evolution of the revolution. The iPod video has raised the bar higher, further enhancing the way you experience music. Packed with a host of amazing never-before-seen-or-heard features that will blow you away, the new iPod Video is slimmer, lighter and cooler!

It is available in 30 GB and 60 GB models starting at $299. The iPod Video can hold up to 15000 songs, full-color album art and up to 25000 pictures. So you have heard that song before; well now, you can see it as well. With the new iPod you can have your cake and eat it too! It supports up to 150 hours of video and has a 2.5-inch color display that lets you take your music videos wherever you go. So, trust me when I say this one is music not only to the ears, but to your eyes as well!

This iPod is under half an inch thick and the new 30 GB model is 45% more compact than the original iPod. Even the 60 GB iPod video is over 10% slimmer than the last 30 GB iPod. What’s even more amazing is that you now get up to 20 hours of battery life, (for the record, that is 5 hours more than before), a bigger display and another iPod color option, and that is sleek black! So many features in such a compact package! Well, as usual, with the iPod, less is more…

But, that isn’t all. You can also read audiobooks and keep memories fresh with photo slideshows, complete with music. You can watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows. You can even consult your calendar or look up an e-mail address. You can even find the time in another city, state or country. Heck, I wonder if it does the dishes, too??

The Apple click wheel lets you access everything with the touch of a finger. You can also control the volume and browse options using the touch sensitive screen. The ease of operating it just gives you one more reason to buy the iPod Video.

There’s also a neat list of accessories that you can use with your iPod Video. For instance you can get a wired remote to listen to FM radio, In-ear headphones, USB power adapter, leather case, AV connection kit, Universal dock, Apple remote, Camera connector etc.

So, if you are a music freak, don’t wait any longer, go buy an iPod Video. You won’t regret it. Happy humming!

Stephen King Audio Books – The Talisman Revisited

Recently I discovered that Stephen King and DreamWorks are working on a TV mini series of “The Talisman” for release in 2008. I had to reach back way into my memory to remember what this book was about. I was quickly reunited with this terrific story while listening to the audio book version.

The Talisman, as written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, takes us through the fantastic journey of Jack Sawyer. He is a young man that faces a momentous task of helping save his mother from the grips of cancer. A mysterious artifact known as The Talisman holds the power to help his mother, but it lies in a parallel universe on the opposite side of the United States. The Talisman chronicles Jack’s adventures through the dark, yet sensational alternate universe envisioned by King and Straub.

Although not a typical horror story in the traditional manner of Stephen King or Peter Straub, it is still a gripping tale of adventure and suspense. Much of the story takes place mostly within the “Territories” of Jack Sawyer’s alternate world. Troubles and triumphs are constantly found between both worlds, which keep this fantasy tale intriguing.

Although I enjoy them sometime, I am not big fan of movies made from novels. Partially this is due from the question of how do you condense a 400+ page book into a two hour show or three part mini series. Usually these watered down versions leave one disappointed or frustrated with the adaptation.

A perfect example of this is the adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”. This mini series condensed a monstrous novel into a two or three night television story. Many of the characters were either combined or put in places or situations that they never were to begin with. Even though King himself wrote the television version, so many wonderful characters were not able to stand out and completely flesh the story.

Before you miss out on a large part of the story why not listen to The Talisman on audio? The great thing about audio books is that you can listen almost anywhere. The second best thing about audio books is that you can usually listen while doing other things like driving, exercising, or relaxing. With the great availability of audio books these days, you no longer have the excuse of not being able to read a great book.