Audio Books for Self-Improvement? You Bet!

Audio book version of the book Speak With Confidence
Audio book version of Speak With Confidence

As human beings, we want to be better.

Prettier. Slimmer. More athletic. Smarter. Multi-lingual. Great cooks. Great hair. Organized home.

You think I’m wrong? Watch infomercials and you’ll see that I’m right. Those “programs” wouldn’t populate the airwaves if they didn’t work. They work really well.

Why? Because, as human beings, we want to be better.

A very easy way to get better? “Read” an audio book. Continue reading Audio Books for Self-Improvement? You Bet!

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A List of Audio Books for Summer “Reading”

picture of the cover of Carrie Prejean's "Still Standing" audio book, audio products, Sandy Weaver Carman, writers, authors, speakers, trainers, coachesAre you addicted to audio books yet? I became addicted to them years ago, thanks to my dog-show traveling buddy, Loreen. She and I often shared long rides to dog shows, and long listens to audio books. She is to blame for my audio book addiction, and I love her for it!

In the summer, people pile into their cars and go for long rides, usually for vacation, and it can be annoying trying to find the kind of radio station you like, especially when you’re between large cities. Face it, if you travel across the country, there is much more open space and much less “large city,” which makes radio listening much more difficult. Continue reading A List of Audio Books for Summer “Reading”

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Audio Book Pioneer Tony Schulte Hits “End of Disc”

Tony Schulte smiles for the camera audio book, audio products, Sandy Weaver Carman, authors, writers, speakers, trainers, coachesAnthony “Tony” Schulte was on a long drive from New York City to Martha’s Vineyard. It was a trip he and his family took often, and according to his daughter, Lucy Danzinger, her dad said, “‘Why don’t they have cassettes with books on them? We have to have that.” The era of the audio book was born.

That was in 1985. While passing Jane Friedman in the hallway at Random House Publishing, he asked her, “How about starting an audio division?” At his request, she started it, and that division of Random House is now the largest audio book publisher in the market. Continue reading Audio Book Pioneer Tony Schulte Hits “End of Disc”

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