Read with Your Ears? It's National Audiobook Month!

Not that we need a special month to love audiobooks, but since June is National Audiobook Month, we're going to give this medium a big shout! If you have never tried listening to a book, I'd like to encourage you to give it a go. Listening to a book, narrated by a skilled voice actor, can be a wonderful experience and provide a mini-vacation for tired eyes. With multiple formats available, and more titles coming out in audio than ever before, I guarantee that nearly everyone can find listening happiness with an audiobook.

Books on CD are the traditional format, and though some car manufacturers are phasing out CD players in their vehicles, nearly two third of cars on the road in the United States right now are CD-ready. Listening to a book while driving is much safer than texting (!) and can really take the sting out of a traffic jam. Need to brush up on a language? That time spent in the car is no longer wasted. Road trip with the family? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will get you all the way to Billings, Montana (8 hours) and Frank Herbert's Dune will last all the way to Toronto, Canada (21 hours)!

Did you know that audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry? The Audiobook Publishers Association recently reported that 26% of the U.S. population has listened to an audiobook in the last 12 months. Denver Public Library has two great resources for downloadable audio - the Overdrive and RBDigital collections. Both require you to load apps on your device, but after that, it's clear sailing. Overdrive also recently introduced its Libby app, which simplifies the whole searching, downloading and listening process.

If you're wondering what it is like to be an audiobook narrator, drop by Central Library on Saturday, June 16, 1-2 p.m. to hear Marc Thompson, voice actor extraordinaire, talk about the recording process. You'll find his name plastered all over Star Wars audiobooks - ask him to do C-3PO! And maybe check out an audiobook while you're here, 'cause after all, it's National Audiobook Month.

Written by Dodie on June 8, 2018


Alyssa on June 20, 2018


I am used listen stories, audios on daily basis on average 8 hours sometimes while working. It keeps engaging to work and enhance my productivity also as per my experience as it don’t let me get bored. Thanks for letting know about National Audiobook Month, would sure love to listen to a book and enjoyed this Read with Your Ears concept.

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Anonymous on November 15, 2018


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William on November 21, 2018


Whether it is audiobook month or not, it is really very unique to learn with ears and gives a new experience along with enhancing your listening power. I have been listening stories and loved much than to read, I seriously imaging all the characters in my mind and enjoying listening the narrated audio which is very nicely tell by the story teller or voice actor. It is also an art.