It is quite confusing; some people love literature but absolutely detest reading! This can be very frustrating when you are looking to buy them a birthday or Christmas gift. For instance, your friend is constantly on the computer, programming and developing is his job. No doubt his interest in hard copy books is zero. But at the same time, he absolutely adores comic tales, stories and intellectual comedies, he is also devoted to radio talk programs and NPR. The most generous and logical gift for him would be something that tells him tales, makes him laugh and also talks to him – an audio CD book.
All audio CD books follow the print version by the dot and almost all are narrated by somebody who has an appealing voice, usually a singer, performer or some kind of television or radio voice. So, my friend’s audio CD book, Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is saved from in any loss through translation. Similarly the self-help book or the epic does not lose anything.
Some of the printed books are perfect material for being converted into an audio CD book. Books like Foucault’s Pendulum by the amazing wordsmith Umberto Eco is an excellent choice for a hypnotic experience when traveling and especially if you love philosophy and mysteries delight you.
Audio CD books are a great companion for commuters who cannot stand the constant interruptions of a public radio. The elderly and the visually handicapped also get a great way to continue reading books. Audio CD books make for a wonderful tool for learners with mental, visual or other learning differences where a text material falls short. Through a number of states and small provinces, organizations and volunteers record books on audiotapes for use by those who need them. Schools and institutions also have programs where they can order a book that everybody else is reading to be converted into an audio CD book for those who require it.
However, be prepared to search well for that perfect story or material available on audio. I am still looking for an audio CD book of the posthumous works of Jonathan Kennedy O’Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces and also for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For this Christmas my friend has received an entire box set of Monty Python and his simply delighted. While he listens to the book, he has sent the transcribed clips to me for reading. Well, some people simply listen better than others!