This Valentine’s Day I’m joining up with Donna and David Brown to share the #LoveToListen giveaway. We hope you’ll enjoy these five fun audio facts and will share your own recommended listens!

Many short, spoken word recordings were sold on cylinder in the late 1800s and early 1900s (Source)

According to a Donald Katz at Audible, the cost of recording an audiobook has fallen from around $25,000 in the late 1990s to around $2,000-US$3,000 in 2014. (Source)

Listening Library – an audiobook publishing company which had its golden anniversary in 2005 – chose Around the World in 80 Days for its first recording in 1955. (Source)

In 1931 the Congress established the talking-book program, which was intended to help blind adults who couldn’t read print. This program was called “Books for the Adult Blind Project”. (Source)

The 2012 Audio Publishers Association Annual Survey of Members showed that 6 million more audiobooks were sold in 2012 than were sold in 2011! (Source)

The #LoveToListen giveaway is sponsored by these audiobooks

About In Leah's Wake
In Leah's WakeIn this haunting coming-of-age novel, award-winning author Terri Giuliano Long delves into every parents’ nightmare as a rebellious teenage daughter unravels before her family, forcing them to reevaluate the choices they’ve made….

Star player and captain of her soccer team, sixteen-year-old Leah Tyler has a bright future ahead of her. Though she’s only in her junior year of high school, several colleges have already expressed interest in recruiting Leah–including Harvard, where her father desperately wants her to go. But when she meets bad boy Todd Corbett, her life soon spirals dangerously out of control.

From ignoring her curfew to experimenting with drugs, Leah is breaking every rule. For the first time in her life, she feels like she’s the one in control, making her own decisions instead of following her parents’ dreams. But as Leah is about to discover, her actions have the power to forever fracture her family.

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Losing Heart
About Losing Heart
Losing Heart“I hate you. I hate you with all of Sylvia’s heart.”

Helen has waited for months for the heart that will save her life. After reaching out to the grieving mother of her donor heart, Helen realizes that a second chance comes at a price. The price, she soon realizes, is much steeper than she’d ever have chosen to pay.
There’s more than one way to break a heart. There’s more than one way to destroy a life.

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Man vs Cat
About Man vs Cat
Man vs CatHistory has known many famous cats – Garfield, Mr Bigglesworth, Simon’s Cat, the Aristocats, the Cheshire cat and the Keyboard Cat on YouTube.

In recent years these feline things have replaced man’s best friend as the most popular pet in the U.S. while the Ancient Egyptians once worshipped them as gods. This was a mistake and I’m here to tell you why.

Man vs Cat is the story of one man, one woman and the six cats that changed their lives forever. To the woman they brought love and affection, to the man they brought sleepless nights, fear, paranoia and even ruined his jigsaw. Need I say more?

Parental advisory: our cats cannot be relied upon to moderate their language. Sorry kids, this isn’t for you!

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