1. They allow the non readers to also gain the knowledge that the book offers.
Audiobooks have traditionally been used with second-language learners, learning-disabled students, and struggling readers or nonreaders. In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in helping these students to access literature and enjoy books. But they have not been widely used with average, avid, or gifted readers.
- Introduce students to books above their reading level
- Model good interpretive reading
- Teach critical listening
- Highlight the humor in books
- Introduce new genres that students might not otherwise consider
- Introduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
- Sidestep unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and old-fashioned literary styles
- Provide a read-aloud model
2. Audio books can work as a family bonding medium
Provide a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations. Often times, important and critical topics such as child abuse, bullying, sex and drugs can be discussed with the help of audio books on those topics. Parents can better connect with their children and discuss these topics openly and at the right age.
3. Well narrated and good quality books are always received well.
For some, the pace may be too fast or too slow. For others, the narrator’s voice can be irritating or the use of cassette or CD players can be cumbersome when compared to the flexibility of the book. But the majority of listeners will find listening to well-narrated, quality literature to be a transformative experience.
4. Very useful in classrooms
If there are budgets and the technology means available, schools should definitely introduce audiobooks in their annual curriculum. As mentioned earlier, they are important to teach several important skills such as critical listening and help expand the student’s vocabulary to a large extent.
Audiobooks can be a welcome addition to every classroom. For avid readers and for those struggling to become readers and those who have given up hope, Audiobooks have something to offer all of them and can become one of the most important means to impart knowledge and bring about a welcome change in the way people consume books.