Since having children I haven't had nearly as much time for reading as I used to, so audio books have been something of a lifeline for me, book addict that I am. It's not the same as reading a physical book but it's a lot better than nothing. I keep track of my books in a reading journal regardless what format they are in, but if they are audiobooks I make a note of the fact in case I want to track them down again later.
You can get them in book shops and libraries or online. They are available on cds or as mp3s (which you can either get on an mp3 cd, which my local library has lots of) or you can download them online. There are sites where you can buy them to download (like www.audible.com which will give you a free book to try if you're not a member yet) or get them for free at various places like www.librivox.org.
I read a lot of books on the train to and from work. And I love listening to audiobooks in my car as I drive from place to place. I have learned so much from the audio books. I find them instrumental in continuing my education, my personal development and my love of listening to a well told story. I wouldn't be without an audiobook even though I regularly read books.
I used to listen to audio books when I lived in a regional area however once I stopped driving so much when I came back to the suburbs, I stopped this, as I would only get small bits of the book which I would find would be annoying.
Before when I did listen to them in the car, I had a good hour to hear the story and an hour on the way back -this happened each time I had to go to the city.
I love audio books, and if I like the actor reading, or it's a book I'm interested in, then I'll listen why driving around. I did need to pull over when I listened to Animal Farm because I was so upset by what happened...I love Stacey Keach reading Hemingway and Christopher Lee reading anything...
Honestly, I don't think it counts. It's far too easy to 'zone out' and fail to give the story as much attention as you would if you were reading it yourself. I prefer reading paper books because I need to see the words on the page. I'm more visually oriented.
Have listened to one. That was more than enough!
I find having to listen to a 'voice', hopefully it's a voice from someone who speaks clearly, without any accent, very annoying!
In my career, listening to people over the phone, for 45 years', was PLENTY!
So it's paper books for me 1000%!
Don't like reading hundreds' of lines from a computer screen. Used to have to go through dozens' of pages at a time in my job.....scrolling up & down repeatedly.
Does your eyes' in after long sessions' of having to do that!