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Reasons for listening to audiobooks in the U.S. 2019

In 2019, it was found that U.S. spoken word audio content consumers most liked listening to audiobooks because they are entertaining, and 51 percent of adults listened to audiobooks to relax. Audiobooks offer consumers the opportunity to listen to spoken word audio whilst on the go, without the need to focus on reading a book in the traditional fashion, and have grown in popularity among adults of all ages in the U.S. in the last few years.

Reasons for listening to audiobooks among adults in the United States in 2019

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Release date

November 2019


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

3,013 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among respondents who ever use audiobooks and have done so in the past month

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

The question given by the source was phrased as follows: 'You listen to audiobooks when you want...?'

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