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4 Reasons To Give Audiobooks a Try

‘The 24th Hour’ by James Patterson is the perfect opportunity

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The majority of U.S. adults are audiobook fans. In fact, Americans love audiobooks more and more every year! Fifty-three percent of adults say they’ve listened to an audiobook in the past year, up from 45 percent in 2022. That means a whopping 140 million Americans are tuning in to audiobooks!

Why do we love audiobooks? Let us count the ways.

1. Audiobooks let you multitask. In the spirit of Mary Poppins’ spoonful of sugar, audiobooks make day-to-day chores – washing dishes, folding laundry, making dinner – much more fun. One or two chapters make the medicine go down!

2. Audiobooks go where you go. Queue up your audiobook in the car between errands or while walking the dog. Gripped by an exciting plot twist? No, you do not mind heading back to the grocery store for more eggs.

3. You can take a break from screens. So much of life these days happens on a screen. But audiobooks? No screen required! Listen on headphones, a portable speaker, your car’s sound system…and give your eyes some downtime.

4. Audiobooks are widely available. There are options aplenty for purchasing audiobooks or selecting a number of titles (or unlimited) with a monthly subscription plan. Explore Audible, Apple Books, and Spotify. Or, support your local bookstore with Libro.fm.

Need an audiobook recommendation? James Patterson’s latest Women’s Murder Club book, The 24th Hour, is now available!


Synopsis: Crime writer Cindy Thomas is getting married. But when she and her friends – SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, and Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano – get together to celebrate, a woman is assaulted at the restaurant. Suddenly, the Women’s Murder Club is embroiled in a new, perplexing case involving a high-society killer, a billionaire San Francisco couple, a plaintiff with disturbing memory gaps, and more.

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About the Author:

James Patterson is the most popular storyteller of our time. He is the creator of unforgettable characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Jane Effing Smith, and Maximum Ride, and of breathtaking true stories about the Kennedys, John Lennon, and Princess Diana, as well as military heroes, police officers, and ER nurses. He has coauthored #1 best-selling novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton, told the story of his own life in James Patterson by James Patterson, and received an Edgar Award, ten Emmy Awards, the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, and the National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator:

January LaVoy is an AudioFile Magazine Golden Voice, with 18 Audie Awards nominations (solo and multicast) and seven wins. She was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly magazine, has received multiple SOVAS (Society of Voice Arts and Sciences) awards, and over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards. LaVoy shares a 2021 Grammy nomination with Meryl Streep and the cast of the Charlotte’s Web audiobook, in which she plays the title role of Charlotte. She has voiced dozens of commercial campaigns and promos, can be heard in museums and planetariums across the U.S. and Europe, and is known worldwide as one of the voices of The Sunday Read on “The Daily” podcast (from The New York Times).

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