Audiobooks can be so theatrical! Part of it is your imagination and the other part has to do with the narrator.
Depending on the audiobook you listen to, the narrator puts on a performance, changing and adapting his or her voice for each character. A narrator can make or break an audiobook. So if you've tried an audiobook and not liked it, give them another chance.
I discovered audiobooks not too long ago and love them! My first audiobook was Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage. The narrator, Michal Friedman does an amazing job in distinguishing between the characters and makes each character memorable and recognizable.
I heard the fierce determination in the main character Mo Lo Beau along with the humor and sarcasm in the other characters. The characters just came to life for me.
Although some may think that listening to audiobooks is not “reading” I disagree.
Audiobooks are just another way of discovering new stories. I enjoy audiobooks for many reasons but one point I like to make to parents and families is that they make stories accessible to all children regardless of reading levels! Everyone can enjoy and appreciate stories!
There are many benefits of listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks can be used to:
- Hear and differentiate between expression, humor, and tone
- Focus on the sounds and pronunciation of words
- Follow along with the narrator
- Discover new vocabulary words
- Develop and strengthen listening skills
- Tap in to the imagination
With your DPPL library card, from home you can also check out free audiobooks on Hoopla or MyMediaMall/Overdrive and listen to them on your phone, laptop, and tablets!
Want more titles? Come see one of the Youth Services Librarians!
Check out these audiobooks at the library:
by Shelia Turnage
Read by Michal Friedman
by E.L. Konigsburg
Read by Jan Miner
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson
by J.K. Rowling
Read by Jim Dale
by Neil Gaiman
Read by Neil Gaiman
by Rebecca Stead
Read by Cynthia Holloway