Month: August 2009

Reading Audio Books for Academic Projects – Is This Cheating?

I recently ran across an article debating whether completing school reading via audiobook is cheating. The basic question is this: Must one actually physically read the written word for the activity to count as “reading”? There are strong arguments for both sides. No Way! There are those who believe that sitting down and reading each word on the page is only way to read. The first of several definitions of read on Dictionary.com is this: to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music. This certainly...

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Audio Book Author Spotlight: Kathy Reichs

K athy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist who has taken her experiences on the job and translated them into a series of bestselling novels and a hit television show.Her twelve titles featuring Temperance Brennan are available in audiobook format in abridged and unabridged versions. Forensic Anthropologist Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for North Carolina as well as for the province of Quebec. Her expertise in the field laid the foundation for her novels featuring Temperance Brennan. Forensic Anthropology is the study of human remains to be utilized in the legal...

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New Titles From Bestselling Audio Books Authors

This week, three authors who are regulars on the NY Times Best Seller List have new releases. James Patterson is a former chairman of an advertising company and is known for his thrillers and mysteries. Kathy Reichs, an American crime writer is also a professor of anthropology. Dick Francis has to date written 41 international bestsellers and is an acclaimed author of some of the world’s best thrillers. All offer brand new crime thrillers on  audiobook this week. James Patterson You may recall my disappointment with the prolific writer’s tendency to collaborate. James Patterson is at it again with the...

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Electronic Readers Battle: Will Audio Books Be Included?

Amazon’s Kindle has dominated the eReader marketplace for the past year or so. Several companies are developing competing products to be released within the next year. My big question is: When are these eReaders going to perfect the integration of audiobooks? Amazon’s Kindle Amazon’s Kindleis the gold standard for eReaders. With a paper-like display, 1/3 inch thickness and 10.2 ounce weight, the Kindle is lighter and smaller than most books. The device features 3G wireless – and this is its differentiator. The wireless connection allows users to download books, magazines, and newspapers without an internet connection, computer interface, or Wi-Fi....

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Celebrate Ray Bradbury’s Birthday with One of His Classic Audio Books

I remember when I first read Fahrenheit 451. I was in high school and dreading another horrible selection from my teacher. When she handed out the novel, I rolled my eyes with an “Oh, no… not science fiction” murmur. 25 years later, as I listen to the audiobook again, I am still a little ashamed of that reaction. Fahrenheit 451 If you have not read it, I highly recommend Fahrenheit 451. The title actually refers to the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. In this alarming future, firemen set fires rather than put them out… and...

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