Audio Books & Dramas

Contrary to popular opinion, audio books aren't just for the illiterate. In our increasingly auditory and decreasingly restful society, sometimes the only way to "read" books is by listening to them. Consider it story time for adults, except these aren't picture books, and you're more likely to be stuck in rush hour traffic than sitting on the library floor.

Of course, many of the audio books we offer are also for kids. As educators and psychologists learn more about the human mind and its variations, they understand more about learning styles; many people are auditory learners, simply meaning that they learn best by hearing. Listening to stories or history or whatever is a better way to help some kids internalize information than making them stare at a page until they have it memorized.

Education is about more than mere memorization, anyway. It's about absorbing and analyzing the knowledge and attitudes of others, understanding why they act and think the way they do. A good audio book can accomplish this just as well as a good book, and sometimes better—it's less time consuming to listen to a track over and over until you understand than it is to read the same two or three pages.

A lot of audio books aren't very good. Either the recordings are terrible, or the "reader" can't read, or there's too much cheesy music in the background that you're spending more effort wishing Kenny G had never picked up a saxophone than actually listening to the words being read. We've made it a point to carry only those that are high quality, and only quality titles.

We've also made it a point to link to Librivox wherever possible. Librivox is a website offering free audio books from the public domain, most of which are read by unpaid volunteers. As a result, the quality of the readings is all over the place: some are great, some are pretty awful. Still, this is a fantastic resource for free audio books that you can download or listen to online.

From time to time customers have asked why we don't carry more audio books. While we are constantly working on expanding our selection, there are two main reasons: Librivox is one, and the library is the other. Local library systems are offering an ever-increasing number of audio books, both for checkout and download, and we encourage you to take advantage of that service, especially since it's free.

You'll find mostly classic fiction in this category, with some theology, history, and historical fiction thrown in for good measure. All of these are books you could listen to as a family, though some will be over the heads of younger kids. Whether you're trying to save time, have auditory learners, or simply would rather listen than read, we encourage you to consider audio books as an important and viable supplement to your homeschool and your life.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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77 Items found Print
Abraham Lincoln - Audio Book
by Geoff Benge, Janet Benge
Audio Heroes from Emerald Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
$18.50
Ben Carson - Audio Book
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
Beric the Briton - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$25.00
Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom - Audio Drama (CD)
from Tyndale House
for 4th-9th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$10.48
By Right of Conquest - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
By the Shores of Silver Lake - Audio Book (CD)
Little House Series #5
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-6th grade
1940 Newbery Honor Book
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
C. S. Lewis: The Signature Classics Audio Collection
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperAudio
for 10th-Adult
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
Captain Bayley's Heir - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Captain John Smith - Audio Book
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
$18.50
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - Audio CD
by Jean Lee Latham
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$28.50
Cat of Bubastes - CDs
by G. A. Henty
from Greathall Productions
Historical Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Cat of Bubastes - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Chronicles of Narnia - Audio Book Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-9th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$60.00
Collection of Just So Stories - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 3rd-8th grade
Daniel Boone - Audio Book
by Geoff Benge, Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
Early American History - Your Story Hour CDs
by Your Story Hour
from Your Story Hour
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Your Story Hour Audio Dramas (Location: U-YSHCD)
Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
English Family in the American Wilderness
by Rebecca Burlend
from Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences
for 8th-Adult
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: G4C-HIS)
Farmer Boy - Audio CD
Little House Series #3
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Unabridged from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-6th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
Final Reckoning - Audio Book (MP3 CD)
by G. A. Henty
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 4th-8th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
First Four Years - Audio CD
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-8th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$20.79
For the Temple - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler & Sybil Deucher
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
Friends though Divided - Audio Book
by G. A. Henty
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 4th-8th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Galileo and the Stargazers - CD
by Jim Weiss
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 4th-8th grade
$14.95
George Washington - Audio Book
Heroes of History
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
Good Night - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Greathall Productions
for 3rd-8th grade
Handel at the Court of Kings - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
Henty Short Stories Volume 1 - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Hiding Place - Audio Drama (CD)
by Corrie Ten Boom
Unabridged from Focus on the Family
for 6th-10th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$14.39
Hobbit - Audio Book (CD)
by J. R. R. Tolkien and Narrator Rob Inglis
from Recorded Books, LLC
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
In Freedom's Cause - Audio Drama
by G. A. Henty
for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
In Freedom's Cause - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
In the Reign of Terror - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
James Herriot's Treasury for Children - Audio Book (CD)
by James Herriot (read by Jim Dale)
Unabridged from Macmillan
Realistic Fiction for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$11.96
Joseph Haydn - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg, Robin Williams (Narrator)
30th Anniversary Edition from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Stories: Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
1982 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: O5B-PIC)
$15.19 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Jungle Book - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Greathall Productions
for 3rd-8th grade
$14.95
Knight of the White Cross - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Lion of the North - CDs
by G. A. Henty
from Greathall Productions
for 4th-8th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$28.50
Little Town on the Prairie - Audio CD
Little House Series #7
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-8th grade
1942 Newbery Honor Book
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
$20.79
Masters of the Renaissance - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Greathall Productions
for 3rd-8th grade
$14.95
Men of Iron - Audio Book (MP3)
by Howard Pyle
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 4th-9th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
Milton Hershey - Audio Book
by Geoff Benge, Janet Benge
from Emerald Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Heroes of History (Location: N7A-BIO)
$18.50
Mozart the Wonder Boy - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler & Sybil Deucher
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
Mystery of History Volume II - Audio Book
by Linda Lacour Hobar
from Mystery of History
for 4th-8th grade
in Mystery of History (Location: F6E-HIS)
On the Banks of Plum Creek - Audio CD
Little House Series #4
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
from HarperCollins
Realistic Fiction/Pioneers for 3rd-6th grade
1938 Newbery Honor Book
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: U)
Out on the Pampas - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: U-Henty)
$19.00
Paganini, Master of Strings - MP3 Audio Book
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
$11.17
Pearl Harbor Attacked! December 7, 1941 - CD
Old Time Radio Shows
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
for 4th-8th grade
$13.30
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