(1) I'm a visual person. When I read using my eyes, I retain more than when I use only my ears. It was true in college and graduate school, too, when I took notes while listening to the professor lecture. Unless I wrote it down (making it "visual" for me), I didn't get as much from a class.As for "reading," I'm with Eva about one being equal to the other. As long as the "reader" is satisfied with the way s/he takes in a book, so am I. When I take long trips, it's really nice to have an audiobook to enjoy while driving the long stretches. So far, I have never reviewed an audiobook, in part because (as I said above) I can't quote very well from it. Would I ever? Sure, but I would probably get a bound copy of the book, find the part I wanted to quote, and then write the book review. But that's just the way I do things. I wouldn't expect it from anyone else.
(2) Taking notes while listening to an audiobook is near impossible for me. First, I can't write as fast as a narrator can read, which means I have to back up over and over. Second, I can't write down a page number that I can later return to before writing a book review.
So what do YOU think of audiobooks?