Staying abreast about currents events is good for many reasons. Listening to radio reporting, though not as popular as before, is one good medium to make it happen even if you’re sorting files or commuting going to your office. With the latest portable audio playing devices, it also becomes easier to stay informed wherever you are. However what if you like to hear is only uplifting tips with no commercial break?
Audiobooks become learning tools for busy folks and non-readers to get stories and information they want. It’s perhaps an alternative to radio and podcast, but not exactly competing with the two because it’s not discussions you’ll hear, but clear voices of book readers or narrators. Listening to audiobook has good effects in your career and personality development like enhancing your spoken English.
According to Pearson English, an English Language Learning institution based in United Kingdom, audiobooks and podcasts can help to become better in comprehension and speaking skills. Furthermore, these audio materials will help to know context of words and right pronunciation.
To audiobook listeners’ delight, there also Hollywood celebrities that also did narration such as Nicole Kidman (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf), Kate Winslet (Therese Raquin by Emile Zola and Matilda by Roald Dahl), Meg Ryan (The Human Comedy by William Saroyan), Colin Firth ( The End of the Affair by Graham Greene) and Johnny Depp (Life by Keith Richards) .
On the other hand, choosing your kind of audiobooks also vital. The good news is many business and career books and even videos have audiobook versions now. Thus, if you can’t read “Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For” or want to know Carmine Gallo‘s Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds find their audiobook versions.