Re: Audio books vs actually reading them?
I absolutely love audio books, but only if they are read by the right sort of person. For example, I had the US and UK audio version of a Harry Potter book, but I absolutely couldn't stand Jim Dale after listening to Stephen Fry (I'm actually listening to him right now). Some good audio books are the Lord of the Rings (BBC version, although it's abridged so probably not the best), His Dark Materials (the narrator is actually Philip pullman). I've got a host of James bond books on tape (yes, cassette tapes), Narnia, some Redwall stuff.
But I'm not sure which is better, reading or listening. For one thing the book is infinitely cheaper than the audio version, so that's a nice incentive. And a book is also much faster, and you can pick up things like paragraph usage, sentence lengths, punctuation etc.