Frank Deford’s book, I’d Know That Voice Anywhere, is a collection of his commentaries on National Public Radio. In the foreward to the book, he writes about the experience of listening versus reading:
…I am intrigued at this proposition that what I have spoken/voiced for the ear is here seeking to catch the approval of the eye. It’s unusual, maybe even risky, to attempt such a particular trans-communication.
…Nowadays, there’s probably more crossover headed in the other direction, written words being given a second exposure by a vocal professional—books on tape. Myself, once I left my mother’s lap, I’ve never heard a book read to me that I found as enjoyable as when I read it myself.