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Why Audio Books?

The funny thing about getting a person started on an audio book is convincing them first that it’s really no different from a regular book. It seems that the leap from the printed page to a compact disk has left a lot of people skeptical about how easy it is to use and appreciate an audio book. The age bracket also comes into play; much younger people are harder to convince than older ones.

For people with hearing disabilities and the American Congress created the “Books for the Adult Blind Project” which actually utilized talking-books and in a short while, the mass reproduction of them began. In later years the audio book would take the form of public-service, with institutions like the National Library Service putting out millions of copies of recorded books to blind citizens all across the country.

A Little Audio Book History

It was technology which pushed the audio book format into the realm of popular culture and mass consumer patronage. In the 60s, the development of the cassette player recorder allowed not only ease of use, but portability. In an age where everyone was trumpeting self-improvement, recordings of an instructional or educational nature became popular, reaching its peak with self-help audio-books and then naturally including general topics such as the humanities.

Today, the audio book has leapt into cyberspace and into 21st century technology that has made it more accessible than ever before. It can now be downloaded and its formats fitted unto any digital listening device such as phones and MP3 players. Married with such hip and cutting edge modern tools, appreciation for a classic such as Jane Austen or William Shakespeare is expected to grow even among a generation who would be more inclined to read a comic book.

The advent of the compact disc, audio book recordings developed its own market complete with rentals and producers who wanted a bigger slice of what had become a billion-dollar industry by introducing high-quality recordings done with large cast of voices and polished in high-tech studios.

Voices in the Dark - Latest Audio Books
Voices in the Dark offers free high bit-rate MP3 Audio Books.

Mamatas, Nick - Move Under Ground - Book 1, Chapter 1
21 Feb 2007 at 11:39pm
Move Under Ground is a horror novel which combines the Beat style of Jack Kerouac with the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Recorded with the permission of Nick Mamatas and under rights granted by a Creative Commons license. Full book text available at www.moveunderground.org. This book is being recorded gradually due to time constraints. Keep your eye on the RSS feed for new chapters. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 28:48
Rick Kennett - Isle of the Dancing Dead
20 Feb 2006 at 10:13pm
The coffins in the Chenoweth Grand Tomb don't stay where they're put, and university student-turned-gravedigger George doesn't buy old hand Monty's ghost story explanation. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 13:10
Henry David Thoreau - Walden - Chapter 3 - Reading
31 Jul 2005 at 12:14pm
Thoreau's notes on living alone in the woods in a house he fashioned himself for over two years. Read by: Dawn Keenan Audio duration: 21:30
H. P. Lovecraft - The Street
26 Jul 2005 at 2:31am
Do things and places have a soul? Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 14:51
H. P. Lovecraft - The Beast in the Cave
20 Jul 2005 at 10:16pm
The narrator breaks away from his touring party in Mammoth Cave and becomes lost in the darkness. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 17:23
H. P. Lovecraft - The Alchemist
20 Jul 2005 at 10:13pm
The latest decendant of a long line of nobility confronts the six hundred year-old curse that has cut down his forefathers at the age of 32. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 24:20
Henry David Thoreau - Walden - Chapter 5 - Solitude
18 Jul 2005 at 12:53am
Thoreau's notes on living alone in the woods in a house he fashioned himself for over two years. Read by: Dawn Keenan Audio duration: 18:55
Irving, Washington - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Part 4
23 Jun 2005 at 11:56am
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster of a quiet farming community, encounters something mysterious in the night. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 15:55
Irving, Washington - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Part 3
23 Jun 2005 at 11:56am
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster of a quiet farming community, encounters something mysterious in the night. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 22:23
Irving, Washington - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Part 2
23 Jun 2005 at 11:56am
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster of a quiet farming community, encounters something mysterious in the night. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 22:44
Irving, Washington - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Part 1
23 Jun 2005 at 11:55am
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster of a quiet farming community, encounters something mysterious in the night. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 22:24
Munro, H. H. - Reginald
23 Jun 2005 at 2:25am
Our first encounter with Reginald: his cousin (our narrator) takes him to a garden party, with disastrous results. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 7:53
Plato - Apology
22 Jun 2005 at 1:24am
Socrates's final defence and statements before and as he is condemned to death, written by Plato. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Read by: Dawn Keenan Audio duration: 64:12
Rudyard Kipling - The Beginning of the Armadillos
12 Jun 2005 at 12:38pm
Young Painted Jaguar has a series of encounters with a hedgehog and a tortoise. Read by: Dawn Keenan Audio duration: 16:47
The Brothers Grimm - Brother and Sister
12 Jun 2005 at 12:36pm
Brother and Sister run away from the evil stepmother that treats them so poorly and have adventures in the world. Read by: Sean Puckett Audio duration: 14:46

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