In the past, stories were transmitted orally. Writing was meant to document government and history by officials, while everyday people listened to the community's greatest storyteller weave tales of wonder that ultimately taught a moral lesson. Today, technology allows audio libraries about Islam to bring that past culture back to life.
Now there are whole programs and websites that host audio for either rental or complete sale. The audio folio business is now reaching toward a billion dollar revenue business. Audio books are also affordable. They are half the price of hard cover books yet are as portable and can be enjoyed over and over.
Books take readers on an adventure to a different world, whether it is set in the past or in a regular character's point of view. Audio books allow readers to transcend further into the world with a great narrator that really brings the story alive.
Audio folio makers understand the narrator is vital into making an audio folio successful. This is especially true when the book subject is out of scope for some listeners, such as a person who knows English as a second language listening to a book about the Civil War. A narrator who embodies that theme and style will allow listeners to grasp the concept easier.
Reading and listening are different activities. Audio books are akin to watching a film without visuals. Listening to a book by a foreign author read by a voice actor with the author's culture and shared understanding will help people of a different nationality understand the meaning better. It can also be a method to help people learn a second language easier.
For this reason, audio book makers are beginning to hire celebrities to voice audio books. Sometimes a recognized voice helps people connect to the book or subject easier. For example, celebrities lend their voices to children's books that tell moral stories from different cultures.
Hiring narrators is now evolving further. In the past, a single author would read the entire story. Sometimes narrators would be able to change their voices for different characters, but often narrators would just read the story straight through. Now they are hiring different actors for the various characters, along with a base narrator.
It takes a lot of talent to narrate an audio book. There can be no hesitation, no strange pauses or breathes, and no stuttering. A 200 page book takes six hours to listen to on audio, and it takes narrators even longer to record the narration in a way that is seamless and without error. The narrators also have to act the book out, even if they have no interest in what the topic is.
Audio books are ideal for long road trips for all kinds of people, and they do not strain the eyes. People will read the book at home and continue listening to the story in the car.
Many audio book listeners are non readers. This version of reading allows people who have trouble or do not enjoy reading to experience a story. Audio are also excellent for people who have visually disability and sensory disorders.