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Ben Hur - Audio Book
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Ben Hur could be said to be the first blockbuster. After it was published in 1880, it sold over two million copies and was translated into numerous languages. It combines all the best elements of popular classic, epic, and action story set against a background of authoritative historical detail.
The pace and immediacy of Ben Hur was the basis of its appeal to film-makers, and Charlton Heston's portrayal of the title role is one of the classics of the cinema. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this vivid reading shows, the story – together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose – makes it ideally suited to the audiobook.
Typically children spend the first ten to twelve years of their lives with an intellectual capacity that exceeds their reading ability. Involved parents recognize this and make reading to their children a part of their everyday routine. As a result, those children tend to have improved listening and comprehension skills, larger vocabularies, and better imaginations. But even in families where read-aloud books are the norm, most teaching parents just do not have the luxury of spending countless hours reading to their children. For them, audiobooks are a windfall.
Encourages Critical Thinking
Just like with reading, listening to an audiobook requires that the child work to interpret the meaning, think critically about the content, and use his imagination. Also, audiobooks can expose your child to unfamiliar dialects, accents, or even the pronunciation of certain uncommon words. This exposure will develop your child's sense of the rich and various ways in which language can be used to convey meaning.
Easier to Digest
In many cases, a child that would balk at reading a classic book will eagerly listen to the same title read by an animated and skilled reader. And sometimes, due to the intensity and the emotional grip of an unusually gifted reader, the listener may retain even more of the storyline than if he had read it himself.
Multitasking Now Possible - Drudgeries Become Enticing
On top of that, using audiobooks in homeschool gives parents time to deal with more pressing issues. And audiobooks used on vacations or commutes provide a link to a vast array of topics for discussion between the listening parents and children. Plus, audiobooks can make the dreariest tasks -- be they cleaning, weeding, or folding laundry -- the highlight of the day. Merely insert a CD and be instantly transported into the virtual pages of a book. And there is nothing quite as relaxing as doing a craft while listening to a book on tape. Professionally recorded classics bring life and depth to your whole family's literary experience.
Abridged or Unabridged?
Many of the classic audiobooks we sell are abridged, and some families are confused as to what the difference is between abridged and unabridged audiobooks. Simply put, an unabridged audiobook contains every word from the original book. An abridged audiobook is shortened, to make it more of a manageable listen.
As you know, books were written to be read silently. Because we read in our heads faster than we can read out loud, what would be an enjoyable read becomes laborious to listen to. While countless readers skim over boring passages, that of course is impossible to do when listening to an audiobook. So most families prefer the abridged version where the nonessential is removed. Any audiobook that has been skillfully and painstakingly abridged will maintain the heart of the original work while enhancing the listening experience.
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