CD? What the hell is this mysterious "CD" thing you're describing? Try an iPod which remembers where in the audiobook you were, even if you listen to music or other books or podcasts and then return to the book :wink:
As for the experience of reading - since I got hooked on audiobooks, hiking, camping, running, train travel etc. became linked to the experience of 'reading' for me.
Heh. See, you kids with your baggy pants and mp3 players . . .
When I read, I like that to be the only activity I'm concentrating on. I love the feeling of paper under my fingers, of a book binding stretching, the smell of the pages, even the sound the paper makes when I turn a page.
When I do other activities, like hiking or whatever, I like to concentrate on just THAT experience. I don't want to be distracted by other sensory input. Likewise, I don't want to miss out an important part of a story because my attention is elsewhere.
A lot of this stems from the fact that my parents are both authors, and our house was absolutely packed with books.
Plus, when I read the book, all the voices of the characters sound the way I want them to sound, not someone else's interpretation. Not such a big deal with nonfiction, but when you include fiction it really does make a difference.