You just finished an audiobook. Do you tell your friend you read the book or that you listened to the book?
I say I read it. By the audio book.
I use them interchangeably.
Most people with whom I talk about books, and what I've read/listened to, know that I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and that I'm most likely talking about an audiobook, if I refer to that I'm reading/listening to *now.*
But I think that I usually say that I'm *listening to* the book.
They also know that I have a lot of ebooks and printed books, and that I fill in gaps in series of books - mostly mystery series - with print or ebooks, if I can't get them as audiobooks. So they know that I may be referring to an audiobook *or* an ebook or printed book. And sometimes I don't even remember which version I used for which book. Not that that comes up much; there's only one person I discuss mystery series with very much.
For anyone else, if I mention a book for the first time, I *may* say that I've read it, but I'll *immediately* qualify that by saying that I *listened* to it as an audiobook.
I have no problem telling ppl I listened to an audiobook.
Lately I have been doing both. I read at night, and during my commute I pick up where I left off with the audio version, they go back tp the book when I get home.
I think that I would say read the book out of habit. I’ve never listened to an audiobook though.