(The Week) Society tends to be divided about the merit of audiobooks. Some argue they’re no different than physical books. Others are staunch opponents to them, even going so far as to suggest they’re linked to a decline in literacy. And even if you’re not opposed to books on tape, you likely harbor a quiet assumption that listening to a story is, well, lazy. But audiobooks are just a modern incarnation of a tradition that’s older than civilization itself: the act of listening to the voice of another human telling us a story.
We may think reading is the purest form of engaging with a story, but in reality, humans were listening to stories long before we were reading them.
Publication: The Week
Author: Erika Harlitz-Kern
Publish Date: 4.29.2020