Audio Books From Radio Shows, Old And New


By: Bill Urell

Yes, even radio shows come in audio books. The demand for audio books have increased so that not only non-fiction books, poetry and romance books are transported to audio, but radio shows are also jumping into the bandwagon.

Treat a radio show audio book as you would a radio show program. There are so many topics tackled in this auditory form.

For example, parents can purchase a radio show audio book dealing with childhood matters. It will allow them to increase their knowledge when it comes to parenthood and caring for their children.

Then there are radio shows that come in audio books. Here are some examples:

- The Joan Kenley Show

You can enjoy style, substance and humor to the next level. Questions in this program can wake you up and ignite your imagination.

- Prairie Home Companion

This is a collection of skits, songs and monologues from the radio show A Prairie Home Companion for over 30 years. Humor and wackiness serve as both excellent introduction for new listeners and will teleport old fans back in time. This is a collection that is worth listening to over and over again.

- The David Shayler Radio Show

This radio show not only comes in CDs and cassettes, it can also be downloaded in MP3 and WAV format.

- The Tufnell Tapes

This is about the misadventures of a bankrupt British businessman in Southern California.

This year alone, consumers have experienced the benefits of modern technology when it comes to audio books. Pushing the envelope further, audio books are made available to Podcasts!

In fact, XM Satellite Radios music stations and Audible Inc. have an exclusive partnership which would bring together XMs 150 music and talk-radio channels and Audibles 70,000 hours of audio content altogether and in the form of audio books that will be broadcasted on Podcasts.

Because XM is recognized for having the best technology and best content when it comes to satellite radio, the collaboration with Audible can result to good content distribution of radio show audio books.

Not only that, these radio show audo books can also be downloaded from the Internet and then uploaded onto devices like iPods and podcasts. The Audible site offers certain XM radio talk shows. Examples are The Opie & Anthony Show and The Bob Edwards Show.

There are also radio show audio books targeted to children. Here are some examples:

- 39 Steps by John Buchan

The Butler enters a room in Mr. Richard Hannays apartment. A secret agent lies dying. A dagger is the agents back and his last words are, Tell Mr. Hannay, the 39 steps, high tide. Mr. Hannay sets out on a journey to resolve the murder mystery that brings him in an adventure involving assassination, impostors and secret plans.

-Adventures of Captain Hudson by Tim Knofler and Ron Grigsby

In the pilot episode, the reluctant hero Captain Jim Hudson and his crew embark on an unexpected journey that takes them into the desert regions of the Southwestern US.

-Adventures of Red Ryder and Little Beaver by Radio Spirits

From the West comes Americas famous fighting pair Red Ryder and Little Beaver with their horse thunder. They are famous for tracking down outlaws. Its a wild west tale that will surely entertain the young and the old.

-Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is as cold as winter and he puts money above everything else. But one Christmas Eve, he is visited by four ghosts and he soon realizes that the best riches are not found in banks. A Christmas Carol is one of the worlds best loved Christmas stories.

- Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

This amazing audio drama series based on the best-selling The Chronicles of Narnia books by CS Lewis, it stars David Suchet as Aslan the Great Lion and Paul Scofield as the Storyteller. Be transported to that magical world which will inspire your imagination. The audio set includes all seven books: The Magicians Nephew,The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treade, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle.

- Escape by Radio Spirits

Escape from ordinary life with six stories of high adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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