5 Reasons Audiobooks are Great for Adults Too - and a FREE Trial Offer!

Do you find time to read as often as you would like to? How many books do you get through each year?

If you would like to read more, or there is a long list of books you'd love to read but never find time for, audiobooks could be the solution.

Whether you prefer modern thrillers or would love to work your way through the top 100 must-read classics, audiobooks are the answer.

Today we are celebrating the joys of listening to audiobooks, with a special offer for you too!

Whether you prefer the classics, modern thrillers or something more frivolous, there are plenty of audiobooks out there to suit all tastes.

Audible Plus is a brand new all-you-can-listen membership that offers access to thousands of titles, including a vast array of audiobooks, podcasts and originals that span genres, lengths, and formats.

Not sure about listening to your books? Let's bust a few myths:
  • Yes, audiobooks are reading.
  • Yes, they are as good as the real thing.
  • And yes, your brain does think it's the same as reading a book.

Here are the top 5 benefits of audiobooks:

1. Portability

Unlike a physical book or even a Kindle, you can 'read' your audiobook anywhere, on the train, when driving or doing chores and cooking at home, anywhere.

Have a book on in the background while you complete craft projects or sew, have one on in the car for that long journey to a less-than-thrilling meeting, have one on while you batch cook or spring clean - you may even be more productive because of it!

2. Entertainment

With many books read by trained actors who can do all the voices and really bring the book to life, audiobooks are hugely entertaining.

Many people fondly recall the Harry Potter books as told by Stephen Fry, his dulcet tones adding depth and nuance to the written word.

You can also share your books with others by listening to them together and then, like a good film, you can discuss them after.

3. Engagement

Keep getting all those minor characters confused?

Easily done in complex books but listening to them talk may be more engaging and stop your mind wandering.

Audiobooks can also be great for those tough novels that you feel you should read but find tedious or hard work.

An abridged audiobook Tolstoy or Dickens may be better than none at all!

4. Speed

Want to read the book before you see the film?  No time to read it?  Listen to it instead.  Download the latest must-see to listen to this week before you go to the cinema. 

Alternatively, if you've seen the series and want to get up to speed with the novels, you may not want to devote lots more hours to reading it, but listening to it while you do other things is more time efficient.

This also helps if you're not the world's fastest reader.

5. And relax...

Most of us were read to as children and it is still very soothing to listen to a story at bedtime.

Humans evolved with an aural tradition of storytelling around the fire, and listening to tales appeals to that deep-rooted part of our psyche.

Radio 4's Book at Bedtime has been popular for years for this very reason, but now anyone can listen to a book before they go to sleep - can you stop at a chapter a night though?

Have we convinced you yet?

If you would like to start trying audiobooks for yourself, online store Audible is running a great offer: one month free trial!

Why not head over to their site and and start your free trial?  You might just get the habit.

Try these audio delights and more at Audible.co.uk.

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