I'm an avid reader as many of you probably are. I've got stacks of book waiting to be read on book shelves in every room! I belong to a group of readers on yahoo whose latest thread has been about audio books. I've never gotten into audio books, as I felt that I needed to actually read the book to make it "legitimate" in my mind!
While hooking recently, I was listening to my Ipod and thought about audio books and decided to give it a try. I went to our local library (which has a large selection of audio books), found a book on my list that I wanted to read, and signed it out. I loaded it on my Ipod and found that I loved it! I not only listen while hooking, but also while cleaning up, doing dishes, ironing, etc. I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to concentrate, but I've had no problem at all.
Audio books can be expensive to purchase, so I'm lucky the library has such a great selection.
So, I guess I'm highly recommending this idea of "killing two birds with one stone." I will say that sometimes in the early morning, I find that just sitting in the quiet and hooking has a meditative quality to it, and I wouldn't want to give that up. But the books-on-CD have turned out to be a nice alternative to the TV.
Give it a try!