Why I Love Audio Books on CD

Once you are exposed to literature it can have a profound effect on you. The word ‘literature’ means familiarity with written letters. Throughout the course of my life I have studied and read the works of Dickens, Shakespeare and other great authors. Their work has made me appreciate the frailty of human nature as well as the reality that there are age old problems which depict quite well how the human drama unfolds.

When I was a child my parents purchased LP records which usually featured famous actors narrating or playing a part in a well known story. I cherish those memories as some of the richest ones in my life. It was my first exposure to the great classic works of literature. It was also great entertainment and provided many hours of great conversation with other family members.

Recently I was playing with my daughter and we were engaged in a sword fight straight from medieval times. As my daughter stabbed me with her plastic sword and I confronted my obvious fate I blurted out those famous lines from Hamlet. “To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Question.” What struck me about this incident was the powerful effect these words had on my daughter. She listened quite intently to those lines like a musical conductor hearing an orchestra for the first time. Since that experience she has begun listening to great stories offered on audio books on cd.

I vividly recall listening in enthusiastically as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn planned their adventures down the Mississippi. Or pondering the challenges of the Swiss Family Robinson as they were forced to learn and master the elements of survival on a deserted island. The stories were so vivid and powerful. They captured my imagination and taught me powerful moral lessons. But they were also just plain fun.

What is the best book you have ever read?
Chances are that same book is available as an audio book on cd.

While I wholeheartedly love reading books, in the past few years I have become a huge fan of audio books on cd. These books allow me to consume literature and powerful action adventures while I am driving my car or multi-tasking on some project. Besides the entertainment value they have made me appreciate how I spend my time. Where before I would just drive my car, today I can drive my car and listen to the entire works of a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Audio books on cd enrich my life in many ways.

The audio book market is a billion dollar a year market. The industry was founded in 1932 by Congress to help and assist blind to read. These programs were called the Talking Book Program and today cover every imaginable source of literature possible. There is a rich storytelling tradition embedded on audio books on cd. If you are interested in broadening your horizons and learning more I highly recommend that you start getting involved with audio books on cd.