Audio Books FAQ

What titles are available in audio book format?

Today our choices in audio books are vast and increasing every day. It is common to find many of the most popular and newest books available in audio book format. Nearly all of the titles from the New York Times' best sellers list are available online. Everything from learning Spanish to comedy now appear in an audio version. It is even possible with some services to get daily news sources such as the Wall Street Journal delivered to you in an abridged format. Recordings like these are perfect for your daily commute when you only have a short amount of time available to catch up on the daily news

What is an unabridged audio book?

An unabridged audio book is a word for word narration of the printed book. Unabridged version usualy only have one narrator.

What is an abridged audio book?

An abridged audio book is a condensed version of the printed book with unnecessary text left out. Abridged audio books are often approved by the author themselves.

What is a dramatized audio book?

A dramatized audio book is a scripted play-like version of the printed book, usually performed with a full cast and often with sound effects and music.

What are some common ways to purchase Audio Books?

The market for audio books has grown considerably in the last few years. No longer are we limited to traditional bookstores for purchasing our audio recordings. Many people commonly purchase their audio books from online retailers a la carte or in monthly subscription such as book clubs. It is now also possible to rent audio books online similar to you do with DVD movies or Video Games. Please review our guide to retailers to figure out which method is best for you. Then check out our Deals section to find numerous special offers and discounts for purchasing online.

Who are the audio book narrators?

At first glance many consider audio books simply "some man or woman who are reading you a book", but there is so much more to audio books than this. It is important to appreciate the presentation and narration of an audio book almost as much as the content of the audio book itself. The range of narrators for audio editions varies from professional speakers to the authors themselves or famous figures from TV and film. Where else can you find an opportunity to sit back and listen to a brilliant mind tell you their tale directly. Some of the best audio book experiences I have ever had were due to my enjoyment of the style and enthusiasm brought to the recording by its narrator. In many cases the narration of an audio book is treated with as much care and thought as was given to the radio shows many Americans have grown up with. It is important to consider this when choosing your audio book. Listen to samples of recordings before your purchase to make sure you enjoy the narrator's presentation.