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Over the years, our family has made use of audiobooks. You can find audiobooks for works of fiction as well as nonfiction. Whether it is to help a struggling reader or allow the family to enjoy the story together, audiobooks can revolutionize your reading.
A Quick Story
Abby loved reading but she struggled to remember what she’d read five minutes after she closed the book. “Why is it that I can recall a conversation that I had fifteen years ago with near-perfect accuracy, but I can’t remember the last chapter of the book I read?” She asked a friend.
Abby’s friend, Hannah was a schoolteacher. She suggested that perhaps Abby wasn’t a visual learner but an audio one. “It’s like the FM/AM dials on a radio. You can listen to either, but some people get better reception with one over the other. It’s the same way with visual versus audio learners.”
When Abby considered her friend’s words, they made sense to her. So she began listening to audiobooks and found it very easy to keep up with the plot of her favorite novels. In fact, Abby began “reading” more than ever before.
Abby was delighted to find how natural audiobooks felt. Even though she continued reading the old-fashioned way, she loved hearing her favorite books come to life.
3 Ways Audiobooks Can Revolutionize Your Reading
If you’ve wanted to dive into the wonderful world of audiobooks, here’s what you should know…
Audiobooks Improve Reading Comprehension
Abby’s not alone. Audiobooks can improve your reading comprehension by about 76%. That means you’re absorbing more information at a faster rate than you were by simply reading.
In fact, audiobooks can be especially helpful for those who struggle with reading.
If you have a learning disorder like dyslexia, then you may spend more time trying to figure out what a page says than absorbing the content of it. This means even though you’re trying your best, your brain is busy focusing on the words rather than the topic. Naturally, this can be frustrating since you feel like you don’t understand what you read.
If you want to help a beginning or struggling reader, you can have the print copy open to follow while listening to the audiobook. This helps them associated the spoken words with the written.
Audiobooks Make It Easier to Learn
When you have a tough topic to tackle, don’t feel like you have to choose between reading the text or listening to an audiobook. Students who listen to the audio first then read the same book are 40% more likely to recall what they’ve read. Of course, multiple exposures never hurts when learning!
By combining both audio and text, you get the best of both worlds. This can be helpful if you’re studying a topic for a college class or preparing to write an in-depth project like a thesis. You’ll retain more information and feel more confident after your preparation.
For the homeschool parent, some companies like Apologia offer mp3 recordings of their texts. We’ve used them with Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set and Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition. There are more companies that do this as well. Such as Story of the World read by Jim Weiss.
Audiobooks Can Come to Life
If you find yourself re-reading the same sentence again and again, you might be having trouble with imagining the scene. This can make it difficult for you to get into what you’re reading and can make recalling it tough, too.
But with audiobooks, the content comes to life. Many audiobooks add in sounds and tracks so it feels like you’re in the middle of the scene you’re reading. Instead of reading about a crying baby and a lonely train whistle, these sounds might be on the audio creating the feeling you’re there.
Just keep in mind that not all audiobooks are created equal. We’ve encountered a few ‘duds’ along the way, too.
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