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Why audiobooks rule: Performance art transforms books

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Funny how things come full circle. Once upon a time the hottest ticket in town was the storyteller who brought tales and legends to life with nothing but a voice. What thrilled and captivated audiences who hung on every word? Their performance. Today, we listen to audiobooks, which are indeed performances. The audiobook revolution is exploding; listening to a favorite book read aloud by a brilliant narrator has never been more popular. Publishers invest increasing sums of money into producing big-budget audiobooks with multiple high-profile narrators (Hollywood is getting into the mix), and the Audie Awards are becoming more and more prestigious. Part of the genius of audiobooks is their adaptability. We can bring them with us on a jog, entertain…

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