Tom Sandler and I recently published an audio book featuring Tom reading “Until I Smile At You”, the book I wrote about his famous song-writing mother Ruth Lowe.
But here’s what I learned as part of this exercise: audiobooks are the fastest-growing sector of publishing. In fact, one in five Americans have listened to an audiobook in the past year, according to the Pew Research Center. The popularity is largely due to convenience: for some, listening to a book makes their commuting times bearable. Others enjoy having free hands so they can clean or finish household chores. Others recall the joy associated of those early childhood years when a relative read to them right before bedtime.
I first became aware of audiobooks many years ago when they dawned as a source of reading pleasure for the blind. But now, audiobooks are for everyone and they are seen as an alternative to TV. The booming popularity of audiobooks coincides with the rise of podcasts, showing an increasing thirst for audio content. Covid has helped as well: people dealing with symptoms often draw the blinds and put on an audiobook to while away the time. As one expert said, “Being read to is a intimate and comforting thing, a human connection at a time when a lot of people are feeling isolated from one another.”
Interested in hearing “Until I Smile At You”? Just go here: https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/until-i-smile-at-you-how-one-girls-heartbreak-electrified-frank-sinatras-fame/535181
And to learn more about “Until I Smile At You”, go here: https://www.untilismileatyou.com