Audio books have surged in popularity in recent years, enabled by their ease of use and advancements in smart phones. Gone are the days of numbered cassettes and bulky players. Technology has created more opportunities to listen to good books.
But not everyone believes listening to books is a good thing — biases in favor of reading run deep, and those who listen are often accused of “cheating.” There’s a common perception that listening doesn’t require the same amount of work to reach understanding as reading does.
I believe it boils down to what you want the reader to experience or learn. If you are looking at increasing the ability to decode, then reading is what is needed. But, if you want the reader to absorb a text, and experience it, then it doesn’t matter if they read it or listen to it.