You’ve probably heard that audiobooks serve as a useful resource for struggling readers. Classroom teachers sometimes use audiobooks to help students gain access to material that’s too difficult for them to read independently. Audiobooks help novice readers build vocabulary, boost pronunciation skills, and develop fluency.
What you might not have considered is what audiobooks offer proficient readers.
When we listen to a book, we’re forced to slow down. We’re more likely to notice details and savor the author’s language. Audiobooks ground readers in the here and now. They offer all readers a powerful new way to experience story.
But not all audiobooks are created equal. In this podcast episode, you’ll hear about what goes on behind the scenes in audiobook production. You’ll also hear samples from an array of distinguished audio titles including YA classics as well as newer works of contemporary realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, historical fiction, and novels written in verse.
What is your favorite audiobook you have listened to?