I don't think its cheating, its just a different experience. I create my own voices in my head, which create the characters for me. I don't have too much interest, but I did borrow a history set on CD and if had to read it, I'd never make it. Listening to it in the car makes me space out some as well. However, if people need that to get through a book, that's better than nothing. Some people have a hard time comprehending/focusing while reading. While I don't consider it the same, its better than the alternative. I agree with Bas, yuck, though, I like the smell, tactile experience, etc. of reading a book. However, most of mine is done in the bathroom.