Time is a valuable commodity and we never seem to have enough
of it. Sometimes I feel I can't squeeze in one more thing. Enter
iMinds, which produces short audio books on numerous topics in
the areas of science, philosophy, history, sports, the arts, and
religion to name a few.
The beauty of these recordings is the eight-minute length. Think
of all the eight-minute time slot potentials in your day: exercising,
eating lunch, doing yard work, driving to music lessons, or getting
dinner together. The short amount of time required, the affordability
($1.69), and the superb quality add up to a winning combination.
The voices (Australian accents, I believe), perfect diction, and
accuracy of information make for easy and interesting listening--and
I was able to download a sampling of the products: Thanksgiving,
Aurora Borealis, Bay of Pigs, Great Fire of London, Eternal Truths,
and Rosetta Stone. There are more than 400 titles from which to
choose. We tried them as a family, and I must admit that I was
not expecting my children (ages ten, twelve, and fifteen) to be
thrilled, as these downloads are aimed at adults who wish to fill
some holes in their knowledge. To my surprise, the kids loved them!
They found them interesting and concise, and appreciated the broad
vocabulary used and the background music.
Each audio book has carefully chosen, appropriate background music
that fits the mood of the topic. At times, the music seemed to
be competing with the narrator for center-stage. I would have preferred
a lower volume level for the music.
It is amazing how much pertinent information is packed into these
short downloads. Background, dates, and the significance of the
topic are all covered. I would encourage you to check out the iMinds
website to download some quality knowledge-to-go!