Inspiring Audio Books Increase in Volume

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Self-help audio books grow in 2006 as new voices join the genre.

Simply Audiobooks ( makes self-help audio books on tape and CD more meaningful for its members by including titles that touch on real experiences from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

“It is vital to our business, especially our books on CD rental service, to stay closely attuned to our members' demands,” said Simply Audiobooks CEO, Sean Neville. “Traditional self-help audio books like "How to Make Friends and Influence People" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" are still popular, but people are looking for a broader and more colorful range of voices in 2006.”

One such title is Marcus Parker’s audio book, "The Product." An unconventional autobiography told as a self-help story, The Product explores Parker’s spiritual and physical journey as he attempts to overcome insurmountable odds. Hailed as the African-American version of “The Purpose-Driven Life”, Parker’s message, as communicated on his audio book and accompanying hip hop album, is that adversity and spirituality supersede materialism regardless of what cards we have been dealt across the table.

“A writer is anyone who has something to say,” according to Parker, who was born into an environment of poverty and addiction, raised by an albino mother and a man who was, unbeknownst to Parker, not his biological father. “[I have] a lot to say, specifically about rising above your circumstances, whatever they are, and going at life full speed ahead.”

Recent successes like James Frey’s "A Million Little Pieces" have demonstrated how much there is to learn from another’s story of overcoming adversity, whether the story is non-fiction or a more loosely written memoir.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America's top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information visit

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