Audible – audio books, original series & podcasts

Category: Books

Ages: 18+ 11-14
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

You have probably heard of Audible but it is included here as it can work wonders for children taking the 11+. The range and quality of spoken books is breath-taking and children can consume a vast amount of literature on journeys, waiting rooms, anywhere they can use a phone or a tablet. This enables children to develop more vocabulary, understanding of style, appreciation of plot and character development and simply to enjoy books.

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Teacher Review

Some children like to read, others do not. If your child falls into the latter category you will be faced with the dreadful balancing act, encouraging reading yet not wanting to make it into a chore.
 
Audible can be a magic wand to use here. Children can select from even the most recent publications, choose narrators whom they may have seen on television or heard on the radio and settle back to hear the story. The narrators chosen are, on the whole, excellent. They use their skills to bring the words alive as they read. Many children will select their next audio book based on the narrator and thus hear stories they may never have encountered before.
 
Some children like to read along with the audio and chose books based on copies they have at home. This also encourages children to read with a greater grasp of comprehension and to speed up their reading.
 
Teachers and tutors of the 11+ recommend children read frequently. Children may be asked about books they have recently read at the interview conducted in some schools. Audible provides an opportunity for children to have read, heard and understood a recent book. Even reluctant readers.
 
The selection does not end at fiction. Factual books are also available and can be used to bring studies alive. Tales of arctic adventure, ship wreck survival or the pitfalls of being the youngest in a family of 6 are all here. Children can learn to appreciate different genres of literature, notice the differences between modern tales and those from history, to see the world from a thousand different perspectives.
 
Some parents will feel that the monthly cost to access the audible archive is too high. Possibly these parents would feel that money was better spend on ‘real’ books. Others would point out that their child has gained much more than a packed bookshelf from audio books. These stories are kept in their child’s imagination. 

From the Developer

Enjoy books and great stories? Download audiobooks from Audible, an Amazon company, to listen to books on the go.

Any time is story time with Audible. With more than 200,000 titles, including audiobooks, short stories, dramas and non-fiction titles all downloadable to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Audible has audiobooks ranging from best sellers to classics, and everything in-between.

Now you can listen to a good book even when you can’t pick one up - on your commute to work, when training at the gym, while folding laundry, or any other time simply for pure enjoyment.

Audible Features:

Best Sellers such as:
• 50 Shades of Grey
• A Game of Thrones
• The Martian

A wide range of popular categories like:
• Crime and thriller
• Science fiction
• Fantasy
• Romance
• Mystery
• Horror
• Self development
• Mindfulness and meditation
• Business
• Kids’ books
• Bible, religion & spirituality
• Many more!

Download books to your device over Wi-Fi
• Download and listen to audiobooks in one convenient app
• Stream samples to see if a story is for you
• Download books to listen offline – during long drives, gym sessions, walks and more

Audiobook chapter navigation, bookmarking, sleep mode, variable narration speed, button-free mode
• Audiobooks are easy to navigate
• Audio can be sped up or slowed down for optimally read narration
• Audiobook bookmarks, just like when reading a book, let you instantly pick up where you left off

Download audiobooks while you listen with multitasking
• Download audiobooks in the background while you listen to your favourite book
• Audiobooks keep playing while you download new books

With Whispersync for Voice switch between listening on the audiobook player and reading on a compatible Kindle device without ever losing your place
• Available on thousands of ebooks and audiobooks
• Switch seamlessly between listening to your audiobooks and reading on your companion Kindle eBook reader

Be more proactive. Earn badges and keep track of your listening habits
• Track your listening to become more productive in the New Year and for 2016
• Earn rewards while you listen
• Listening habits are easy to track to help improve your efficiency

Share your reading habits with friends
• Connect to Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know what you’re listening to

Get insider information about author events and more with the Audible Newsfeed
• Audible will make sure you’re the first to hear about new events

Listening with Audible is always time well spent. Download the free audiobook app now and discover a smarter way to use your smartphone.

Supports Audible.co.uk, Audible.com, Audible.com.au, Audible.co.jp, Audible.de, and Audible.fr

Let us help you at www.audible.co.uk/help or get in touch on Twitter @audibleuk

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