Friday, June 01, 2012

June is Audiobook Month

In a recent consumer survey, the Audio Publishers Association learned that 25% of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year.  Audiobooks provide listening enjoyment, learning expressions, vocabulary building, and engages the mind in storytelling.

Here are some favorite audiobook titles or favorite moments from the Chatt State staff and faculty:

Great Expectations by Dickens. (Laura Young)

If you laugh at Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, and if you watch re-runs of SNL when Tina Fey starred, you absolutely have to listen to her memoir Bossypants. Tina’s humor and love of life and all its topsy-turviness are showcased in this highly entertaining look at her life so far.  Read by Tina herself, Bossypants will make any car trip more enjoyable, any walk less boring, and any quiet afternoon perk right up! (Tisa Houck)

One reason I enjoy audiobooks is to hear the language.  Hearing Elizabeth Gilbert slide easily into Italian in her book Eat, Pray, Love or hearing the multiple English accents in any of the Charles Dickens audiobooks adds a new dimension to the enjoyment of the story. (Sandra Williford)

One of my favorite audiobooks is Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”  I have listened to it at least 3 times driving from Chattanooga to my hometown Abingdon, Va. (Donna Seagle)  

Audiobooks provided a great way for my family to knock out summer reading on the road and a chance to stop the book and talk about what was going, what does that word mean, or to tell a related-story. These were great family moments I still remember. (Dwight Hunter)

Audiobooks are a great tool for building literacy. Teachers and librarians report that listening to audiobooks helps children build better vocabularies and also helps them to read with better expression.

Judy Blume in her public service announcement for audiobooks talks about the joys of bringing her written characters to life.

Get caught listening today! Check out this month's display of audiobooks at your Chattanooga State Library!


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