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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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