According to the ST I am part of the growing trend - a hyper-reader, someone who listens to audio books. Most of the new hyper- readers are younger than me 21% aged 18-24 and 25% 25-34. "Hyper- readers are people who like to listen whilst they drive, commute or do the housework" . That's me, I rarely listen to music in the car it's the spoken word I enjoy. My latest download is the new Peter Lovesy "Another One Goes Tonight".
The beauty of audible ( who belong to amazon) is that I can have the books on my laptop, iPad, iPhone and iPod and copy them onto a CD if I want to. Before the BBC got rid of their shop I used to buy Audible CDs from them too- I was replacing my old tapes slowly but surely. I have a longish drive coming up in September and am hoping to listen to my Sherlock Holmes collection.
For some reason, I seem to absorb information better through my eyes than my ears. Maybe it has something to do with my impaired hearing. I also tend to become bored and start missing parts of the dialogue when I listen to people talking for too long and I may even fall asleep. On the rare occasions when I drive our car these days, I normally listen to news if I switch on the radio at all.
But I guess it all boils down to what you are used to, so young people surely outnumber us in the grandparent generation when it comes to being frequent hyper-readers.
I use audible to help me fall asleep @heretix,. You can set the app to turn off after varying times. I usually set it to 15 minutes then I don't have to rewind too much the next morning. Sometimes I can fall asleep in a minute using this system. For reading I find the auto biography of Anthony Powell (Dance To The Music of Time) which I bought from my local library sale . There are four volumes and I am still on Volume 1 Chapter1.
LOL, Flying Pigs ! I have a sound pillow to help me mask the tinnitus when I go to bed, so that I fall asleep easier when I'm supposed to. I normally choose a combination of waves on the beach, rain and thunder, but maybe a sound book may work just as well? Probably not the main purpose that the actors had in mind when they recorded it, though...
It's worth a try. If nothing else you can put the story back on if you wake up again and can't get back to sleep. Some of the narrators are very annoying- one who does the Lord Peter Wimsey books is really, really irritating. I like the BBC radio dramatisations.