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Do you listen or read audio books? A lot of people say they put on the headphones, press play, and read them. To me, this is perverse. When you were a child, you listened to your parent read you a book. You didn’t do the reading, they did: you did the listening. It’s the same with audiobooks: the narrator reads, you listen. You hear them: their voice, their interpretation. That’s listening! And, as an aside, it’s about time the spoken singular “they” became as acceptable as the spoken singular “you”.