An audio book is a recording of a text simply being read. A reading of the complete text is noted as "unabridged," while readings of a reduced version are labeled as "abridged." Spoken word books have been around since the 1930s and became popular in the eighties. The term "talking book" was coined during the 1930s when "book for the blind" programs gained in popularity.
Audio drama (sometimes called radio or audio theater) is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on the radio or published on CDs or MP3s. With no visual component whatsoever, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. Listening Breakthrough!
The newest genre in audio listening is Active Listening Audio Adventures. Active Listening Audio Adventures are audio dramas with fast-moving stories designed to keep the listener captivated by the story. Quickly paced and Plot-rich use of powerful sound effects makes this new listening format truly unique. Parents love it because it truly "captures" the imagination of children. Some describe it as 3-D sound effects.
In Freedom's Cause has set the bar high as an Active Listening Audio Drama. Here's one example of how the new In Freedom's Cause "Active Listening Audio Adventure" affected this family: "We are a busy homeschooling family with six children, ages 12, 11, 10, 9, 7 and 5 – life never seems to slow (or quiet) down. But I’ll tell you what! Yesterday, when we were driving to my husband’s office, I put in In Freedom's Cause and I’m not kidding — I didn’t hear a peep from my kids during the entire 20 minute drive! They were truly captivated. I almost felt like I had gotten a 20 minute power nap during that time! And I also see this as a wonderful bridge to the literary world – my boys are now asking if they can start reading Henty!"
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