Audio Adventures Explained

Audio Adventures Explained

Audio theatre—just like reading, but in a more fun, entertaining and engaging way—allows children to tap into, exercise and build their imagination by letting them create their own self-generated visual images and mental movies.

1. The Audio Book

An audio book is a recording of a text simply being read. A reading of the complete text is noted as “unabridged,” while readings of a reduced version are labeled as “abridged.” Spoken word books have been around since the 1930s and became popular in the eighties. The term “talking book” was coined during the 1930s when “book for the blind” programs gained in popularity.

2. The Audio Drama

Audio drama (sometimes called radio or audio theater) is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on the radio or published on CDs or MP3s. With no visual component whatsoever, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. Listening Breakthrough!

3. Active Listening Audio Adventure

The newest genre in audio listening is Active Listening Audio Adventures. Active Listening Audio Adventures are audio dramas with fast-moving stories designed to keep the listener captivated by the story. Quickly paced and Plot-rich use of powerful sound effects makes this new listening format truly unique. Parents love it because it truly “captures” the imagination of children. Some describe it as 3-D sound effects.

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