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This page offers you the opportunity to search for some of the best audio CD books at the best prices on CD and download.
Our online catalogue is based on audio books in CD format, in every genre you can possibly think of, however you can also get access to download audio books from various reputable sites which we're certain will give you many hours of listening pleasure. [More below...]
The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela???s destiny. Emotive compelling and uplifting Long Walk to Freed...
Another set of unsolved crimes for television?s DI Jack Frost (A Touch of Frost) to stumble through. Read by David Jason the star of the television series. A serial killer is terrorising the senior citizens of Denton and the local police are succum...
Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor bad husband and dypsomaniac. He is desperately in need of work as he has been kicked out of the marital home Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction pr...
When the Titanic was launched in Belfast in 1911 she was the most luxurious liner of her generation and the largest moving object ever built. On April 14th 1911 at twenty minutes before midnight sailing at full speed she hit an iceberg and sank in...
From here you can find the best price audiobooks on CD available today. We can also supply them via audio books downloads, in abridged and unabridged versions by using our retailer banners.
Listen to our great range of unabridged and abridged audio books on CD - which version you buy is purely down to personal taste. So what is the difference between the two versions?
Put simply an abridged book is a shortened version of the book. It is condensed and contracted by using fewer words, but it still retains the original sense of the book.
An unabridged book is the opposite. It contains the original content, and it is not condensed or shortened. Further information on audio book abridgement is available.
If the details of audio books online do not make reference to the specific version you require and you do have a particular preference, then please contact the seller directly for more information.
It is our belief that the abridged versions are generally released first which may mean that if it doesn't state the audio books on CD as being unabridged audio books then you may assume it to be abridged. If in doubt, please contact the seller using the Go to Shop button.
As an example the Agatha Christie Collection is currently available in the abridged audio books version. They come in a beautiful gift box which features 16 stories, a stunning 48 CDs and over 47 hours of pure listening pleasure!
If classic literature is your thing you need look no further than our classic fiction books section to find such authors as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and of course Agatha Christie to name but a few.
The Evolution of Audio Books
Throughout the early 70s audio recordings were produced in LP vinyl record format. However, it wasn't until after the production of the audio cassette that this particular medium for books came into its own.
Despite that there were still innumerable authors who were resistant to the idea of having their books produced as audio books which meant that the majority of audio books by the early 80s were genuine productions and not based upon published novels.
Because of the invention of handy cassette recorders, audiotapes had come to be commonplace and by the late 60s public libraries had turned into a source of free audio books, mainly on vinyl records but also on cassettes. Instructional and educational recordings hit the market at first, leading to self-help audio tapes and eventually as novels.
Audio Books in CD and Downloads Format
The BBC produce many and varied audio books in CD format from Agatha Christie, comedy classics, Fawlty Towers and P D James to Doctor Who and Sharpe to Thomas and Friends or David Attenborough. If you prefer to purchase your books in an audio books download then we can direct you to Waterstones and other sites from which to purchase.
With the coming of the world wide web, broadband internet tools, completely new compressed audio formats and relatively small media players, the popularity of audio books increased significantly.
Many audio books online are distributed on CD, cassette tapes, downloadable digital formats (eg mp3, Windows Media Audio (wma)) and preloaded digital in which the audio content is preloaded and sold together with a hardware device.
Audio books have been used to teach children to read and to increase their reading comprehension and audio books on CD are great gifts for the blind or partially sighted. You can also find audio books online for kids at great prices here, so they can listen to their favourite books at any time of the day or night.
Audio Books on CD
Audiobooks are considered a perfect learning resource owing to their format. Unlike conventional books or a video program, one can learn from an audio book while doing other activities which do not call for much thought, like housework or exercising indoors. Audio books are perfect tools for studying foreign language books.
The preferred use of unabridged audio books by adults is listening to them when driving or travelling on public transport as an alternative to radio. Many individuals listen to audio books in order to relax or as they drift off into sleep.
Reading a book is a wonderful thing and a great medium for feeding the imagination. Unabridged audio books, particularly, brings with it another dimension as the accents and voices created and used by the narrator to tell the story helps the listener to follow the story and visualise the characters in the book more clearly.
An author could write that the man spoke quite gruffly or that they let out a shrill piercing scream but although brilliant descriptive writing is a necessary requirement in a book, to hear these sounds and words in an audio book can actually bring the entire book to life!
The complete Harry Potter set, for example, is available as unabridged audio books and each and every story is brought vividly to life by Stephen Fry.
Listening to the best audio CD books is a real pleasure and allows you to hear your favourite books spoken by some of the best actors and celebrities. The Harry Potter series of books has been produced in audio format and are delightfully read by Stephen Fry in the UK versions and Jim Dale in the US version. Decide for yourself which one you like best by watching the video in our YouTube Videos section.
Many audio book titles are also available in electronic format and can be found in our eBooks and eReaders category.
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