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There is nothing more inspiring than listening to a lecture or a Q and A session done by an expert in his field.

Regardless of the subject matter, hearing someone talk who is passionate and knowledgeable is always enjoyable and often enlightening.

If you don’t live in a metropolitan area where such events are readily available, however, or if you can’t find the time to attend these appearances, you can still enjoy the benefits of live presentations through audio recordings.

There are titles available that feature specialists from nearly every segment of society that can educate, inform and entertain as you listen. Audio books that showcase businessmen, comedians, storytellers and other gifted folks sharing their talents with an appreciative audience.

Take a look at some of the inspiring live events you can attend through audio recordings.

Cultural Events:

Audio Books Live EventThe 92nd St. Y in New York City has recorded interviews and one-man shows by a wide variety of speakers. Author Frank McCourt, actor William Shatner, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are just a few of the people who have shared their lives and opinions with enthusiastic audiences.

You can even find some interesting titles for free. Audio books online let you listen to performances such as “An Interview with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson” that focuses on their Starcatchers Series about the young Peter Pan are available at no cost.

Business Presentations:

Noted author Stephen R. Covey did a lecture called “The Speed of Trust: Live from L A” that is available as a 3-hour audiobook. You can also learn “How to Turn Your Book into a Bestseller” or “How to Make More Money and Find New Customers” by listening to live events. Consulting an audiobook forum and reading posts written by like-minded folks who give their honest opinions of the performances can help you find the perfect title.

Political Events:

You can hear presentations on all kinds of political topics such as Stephen Colbert’s take on the “White House Correspondent’s Dinner.” There are recordings of lectures by economist Paul Krugman, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former President Jimmy Carter and many more political figures.

Personal Growth Lectures:

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer will tell you that “Your Life Begins Now!” in his dynamic presentation. You can also gain an understanding of Feng Shui, learn how to use yoga for meditation and achieve financial independence by listening to live events recorded as audiobooks.


If you love to hear a good story, on-stage presentations by Garrison Keillor, Julia Sweeney, or Dave Barry might be the recordings for you. There is even a stage show featuring the stories of Mark Twain brought to life by actor McAvoy Layne.

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