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Free audio books what is the best method

When I was young I read all the books written by Douglas Adams. I liked it so much that I have managed to persuade my parents to buy the audio books of the titles I have read. I remember getting larges boxes with up to twenty audio cassettes for each book and listening to one cassette each night. Today one can get audio books in 3 different methods audio books on cassettes, audio books on CDs and audio books on MP3 or other media files. In this article I will examine the pros and cons of each audio book method.

1. Audio books on cassettes are the oldest method. Their quality is moderate. However, their quality maintains stable for long periods. Each cassette usually contains one or two chapters of the audio book. Most of the listeners find it inconvenient to change the cassettes so frequently. However, some find it easy having a cassette for each chapter. The main disadvantage of audio books on cassettes is the fact that audio book on cassettes weight more than the old fashioned book and occupies more space. It is definitely less convenient. Furthermore, it costs more than the same title on all other methods the old fashioned book, audio book on a CD or on an MP3 file.

2. Audio books on CDs exist in the market for more than 10 years. However, this method is not as popular as one think it should be. Although it is cheaper and far more convenient than audio books on cassettes it is still as common as audio books on cassettes used to be. Some tend to ascribe this phenomenon to the mass return to the old fashioned books in the past few years.

3. Audio books on MP3 or other media files have many advantages they are much cheaper than the other audio books methods, they occupy no physical space at all and their quality is good. Their popularity increased enormously in the past year, but they are still less popular than the other audio books methods. It is estimated that the popularity of MP3 mobile players as IPod will initiate a revolution considering audio books.

Buy Used Text Books- Save Education Expenses

Education is the key to be successful in life. Education enhances knowledge. To be educated, you need to study a lot of books. It is absolutely not necessary that the books you study for enhancing your knowledge and skill has to be brand new rather we can always build knowledge by reading used textbooks or second hand text books. In this way we are actually saving lot of money and also gaining the desired knowledge. Especially if you are a college going person then every penny counts. With the limited amount of pocket money, you need to bear all the necessary expenses of your education as well as your personal expense. It is always better to save money if you can. One of the most expensive areas of attending school or college seems to be the cost of the text books.

One way to save money on text books is to Buy Used Textbooks from a marketplace. Used textbooks vary in quality but most of them are in good condition. You might find some tick marks on the pages of the books and also some notes included in the margin but it should hardly make any difference rather it will help the student to locate important topics which will make him or her easier to study. It may help you out more than it may hinder you. Buying used books is a great way to save money especially for the students who are not financially very strong.

Textbooks that have already been owned tend to be substantially less expensive than new ones. Choosing to purchase gently used books for classes can save the aspiring college student, who already is looking at a hefty school bill, a lot. Used text books are popular among students who have tight budgets because their price tags are much lesser as compared to the brand new text books. The idea of owning the textbook is also more appealing to many. The student gets the same information from the used text book as they would get it from a new text book. There is absolutely no need to purchase a brand new text book when you can save several hundred dollars by purchasing used text books. Especially, students seek relief from rising prices through the purchase of used copies of textbooks, which tend to be less expensive. Most market place offer used textbooks at lower rates. So, buy used text books and save as much education expenses as you can.

Books That Changed The World

The Communist Manifesto, co-authored with Friedrich Engels, was published in 1848. Commissioned by the Communist League, the manifesto urged the working classes to overthrow its rulers and establish a classless society without private property. The Russian Revolution turned his theory into reality and the world was never the same again.

Das Kapital, published in 1867, is critique of capitalism and how it exploits the workers. If the Communist Manifesto urges action then Das Kapital explains why change is required. Would Douglas Coupland have popularized the term McJob in his 1991 novel, Generation X, without Marx and his work so long ago.

If you look at the colourful blurbs on the dust jackets of books, many publishers claim their author has written a book that changes the world. In reality, very few books change the world but here are some candidates…….some have stronger claims than others.

The Bible The book that defines Christianity, billions of people have lived their lives according to its text. Christians have gone into battle to defend what the book stands for.

The Qur’an / Koran /Al-Qur’an The book that defines Islam, billions of people have lived their lives according to its text. Muslims have gone into battle to defend what the book stands for.

Magna Carta (1215) Written in Latin, the Magna Carta is quite simply one of the key moments in the history of democracy. Among other things, the charter established habeas corpus meaning that citizens cant be thrown in jail at the drop of a hat. Much of its content comes from the Charter of Liberties issued by Henry I in 1100.

On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859) perhaps the greatest science book of all time as it established the principle of evolutionary biology (although this concept is still contested in some places south of the Mason-Dixon Line).

Divine Comedy by Dante (circa 1310) this book established a language, Italian, out of a series of regional dialects and describes a journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. To the Italians, Dante is the Supreme Poet (il Sommo Poeta).

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (6th century BC) Countless generals and leaders have praised this book as the definitive guide to military strategy and tactics. Thirteen aspects of warfare are each allocated a chapter.

Utopia by Thomas More (1516) the former Lord Chancellor coined the word Utopia with this book where private property does not exist and there is religious toleration, an unheard of notion for those days. Its a long way from todays classification of freedom but still a highly remarkable book.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) this anti-slavery novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the United States. It played a role in the build-up to the American Civil War and heavily influenced public opinion in Northern states.

Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776) this widely read pamphlet advocated independence for the American colonies from Britain. Paine, a great liberal thinker, also penned Rights of Man in 1791.

Philosophi Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton (1687) the book describes gravity and the laws of motion for the first time. It is the basis for modern engineering. A true landmark in science

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud (1899/1900]) – Die Traumdeutung revealed Freuds theory on dream analysis and introduces the ego. A flawed but influential book in understanding the human unconscious

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (Vol-1 1925 & vol-2 1926) This infamous book is essentially an autobiography that also outlines the National Socialist political ideology. Hitler changed the world, not his book, but Mein Kampf was a tool of the Nazi political machine.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947) this book is the perfect literary reply to Mein Kampf and the most powerful book in the 20th century. It was first published as Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942 1 Augustus 1944 (The Annex: diary notes from 12 June 1942 1 August 1944) but the 1952 English translations turned it into a worldwide success.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776) the first book on economics written as the Industrial Revolution began to gather pace. It promotes free market economics and consists of five books over two volumes. Donald Trump, Richard Branson and all the others owe Smith an eternal debt.

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (1859) this book is a key liberal work in proclaiming the rights of an individual. It established the Harm Principle – people can do anything they like as long as it does not harm others.

Experimental Researches in Electricity by Michael Faraday (1859) Not really a book but Faradays papers in four volumes. Without electricity, AbeBooks wouldnt be here so we think its quite important.

On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres by Nicholas Copernicus (1543) – De revolutionibus orbium coelestium introduced astronomy as we know it. The book outlines the heliocentric theory that the sun is at the center of the universe.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (circa 14th century) this book popularized the use of vernacular English in literature rather than Latin or French. Without Geoffrey, youd be reading this in Latin.

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1964) published by the Chinese Government, this book became known as the Little Red Book in the West. More than 900 million copies were printed and it became essential for every Chinese citizen to own one. A symbol of Maos cultural revolution.

The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth (1968) Would AbeBooks exist without this book? It covers programming algorithms and their analysis. Knuth began the project, which was originally planned to be one book, in 1962. The first three volumes were published in rapid succession, starting with volume 1 in 1968, volume 2 in 1969, and volume 3 in 1973.

Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson (1939) Thousands of alcoholics would argue that this book (nicknamed the Big Book), which introduced the 12-step recovery program, changed their world. First editions are hugely collectible.

Kama Sutra (circa 2nd century AD) this ancient Indian book concerns love more than sex. It could be argued that Richard Burtons 1883 translation started to change Western attitudes to sex.

Book Review Accident By Danielle Steele

At one time I had read most of Danielle Steeles novels but after a break of several years I wondered if her writing still had the power to draw me in and absorb me when I saw Accident on the bookshelves.

We start off playing happy families with 39 year old Page, 45 year old husband Brad and children Allyson 15, Andy 7. They live in San Francisco and as far as Page is concerned everything is near perfect, her marriage, children and lifestyle. So much so that she wonders about having another child before it’s too late.

Suddenly as is typical in Danielles novels their lives are torn apart one dreadful Saturday night. Allyson sneaks out on a double date with her school friend Chloe and two 17 year old boys Jamie and Phillip. It is Allysons very first date but knowing that her parents wont approve of her going out with an older boy she and Chloe tell their respective parents that they are at each others homes. They have an enjoyable night; a meal and the boys drink wine but only half a glass.

Allysons date Phillip is driving and the other couple are in the back seat. They are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge when another car driven by a Senators wife hits them. The crash causes the instantaneous death of the driver Phillip, Ally has terrific head injuries, Chloe has leg injuries and Jamie walks away with a few bruises. The senators wife is unharmed and her white dress isnt even marked.

She is going home from a party and claims not to have had a drink. The police believe her and dont bother to breathalyse her. They cannot tell how the accident was caused because there was too much damage to the youngsters car, but the implication in the newspapers is that Ben was under the influence of alcohol despite having had only half a glass of wine. The senators wife is an ex alcoholic and the families have to question whether she had lapsed and been drinking and if there was a cover up because of her husbands position.

Page rushes to the hospital to find her daughter in a coma and needing brain surgery. The doctors cannot tell whether she will live or not and if she lives how badly affected she will be. At first she cannot contact her husband who is supposed to be on a business trip and has to get in touch through his boss. Normally he leaves a contact number, why hasnt he this time, why did he sound annoyed at her and why did he only take an hour to get to the hospital when it should have taken six?

Yes the story drew me in and absorbed me for at least the first two thirds of the book. Danielle Steele writes in an easy to read manner that plays on your emotions. Throughout I wanted Allyson to come out of her coma and every time she had a setback and was expected to die I felt sad but then glad when she stabilised.

The book is mainly about a woman and mother dealing with problems that come out of the blue but are far reaching. Page has to juggle her life around spending hours at her daughters bedside willing her to come out of the coma and without much support. Wondering if she will ever be the same if she does, how much the familys lives will be affected if there is brain damage, but most of all preparing herself for Allysons death.

She also needs to spend quality time with her young son and faces the dilemma of should she reassure Andy and let him think that everything is going to be back to normal or should she prepare him for the worst. Then there are marital problems to be faced, more reassurance for Andy it isnt his fault that his wonderful father is turning into a rat.

More crap is thrown at Page when her selfish mother and sister who live in New York come to stay for a week. Supposedly out of concern but they expect to be waited on hand and foot and are more interested in shopping and getting their hair and nails done than visiting the hospital.

Danielle described those two characters very well. She made me loathe them but I think that she didnt need to go further and add that the two women had locked Page in her bedroom with her doctor father when she was a young teenager. Too much information and I felt unnecessary to bring incest into the storyline. I also felt that the whole scenario was unrealistic. If I had moved thousands of miles to get away from the gruesome twosome I wouldnt have them to stay in my home thats for sure. But then Danielle was throwing every bit of conflict that she could at her main character to test her strength and courage.

As a main character, Page came across well. We are shown that a woman portrayed originally as very ordinary can produce an extraordinary amount of inner strength to enable her to deal with terrible situations without falling apart.

There are some special moments in the book when Andy befriends Bjorn, Chloes 18 year old brother. Bjorn has a mental age of ten and loves being around young children and Andy is proud to have an older friend. It was a nice touch to add the character of Bjorn and a demonstration of how good can come from bad. I would have liked to read more about the developing friendship, it expressed to me how young children dont have prejudices and can easily accept somebody who is a little different. A week after finishing Accident I feel that I enjoyed those small sections the most.

I enjoyed reading the rest of the book to a certain extent, my emotions were played with and at first I found it hard to put down. Then the storyline became all too familiar and I realised why I had stopped reading Danielle Steele before. After the first few chapters I had a good idea of what was going to happen, leaving little surprise element, though the ending did leave some questions unanswered.

If I were new to reading Danielle Steeles novels I would probably have thoroughly enjoyed this one. Perhaps over familiarity with her style and technique induced a boredom in me towards the end which I would normally only find when reading work from less skilled authors. I feel a little sad to be taking Danielle Steele off my reading list knowing that I was previously enthusiastic about her work. I have changed but Danielle hasn’t.

I find it hard to rate this novel because I would have found it compelling throughout a few years ago and know that my tastes have changed. Therefore I will recommend it to those who like a romantic/tragic read with the power to play on your emotions

Audio book myths or the audio book phobicpeople

Audio books are becoming more and more popular. Yet, there are a lot of individual people that are afraid of trying audio books they are the audio book phobic people. I have interviewed some of them recently and collected the so called reasons that separate them from the audio book world. I have proven to each one of them that those reasons are only myths and even succeeded in persuading some of them to try those threatening audio books. Here are the main myths I have encountered:

1. I believe audio books are expensive wrong. In fact, there are free downloadable audio books online. Audio books on mp3 files are usually cheaper than the same title in its book version. Audio book on Cd and books on tape could cost more but are still not expensive.

2. I think that audio books will never be a good substitute for the real books Right. Audio books publishers do not see audio books as potential books substitutes. They are only an extension for the book concept. You can learn foreign languages or learn history by listening to audio books You will enjoy it more this way than reading a book about it. Audio books are intended for the times of the day when you can not read books.

3. I have no time to listen to audio books Wrong. Most of the people listen to audio books driving, cleaning the house, jogging etc. You can not read books in these times. Did you know that the average annual delay due to traffic congestion has more than tripled since 1982 and that More than 19 million commuters travel more than 45 minutes each way to their jobs. In fact, More than 97 million workers drive alone to work each day;

To sum up, to all of you audio book phobic people who claim they can not afford audio books. Listen to me; you can not afford not listening to audio books.