More and more people are listening to books rather than reading them, but how do the two experiences compare? Do people retain the same amount from audiobooks? Is one format easier to get into than the other? How do the different formats affect the experience of the book? Does the format change the way the book is interpreted?
No, people respond to audiobooks and real books in the same way
Audiobooks and real books have the same words
The words the author has chosen are designed to communicate a specific message and so, experiencing those words in any format will have a standardised effect.