Anyway, I was curious to know how many pages one hour of listening corresponds to and therefore I decided to do a small study on the books that I have listened to the past year. You can find the complete list of books that I have listened to below. The first column gives you the title of the book, the second gives you how many pages the book is (gathered this data from amazon.com). The third column gives you the reading pace for that particular book i.e., pages per hour.
I will give the most important statistics here. In total I have listened to audiobooks for a total of 284 hours this past year. This amounts to 5.5h per week or 0.8h per day. These 284h were spent listening to a total of 24 books, totalling 8469 pages. This amounts to 163 pages per week or 23 pages per day.
So what about the reading pace? To get the average number of pages you get through in an hour one can merely divide the total number of pages with the total listening time, 8469/284 = 30. That is, the average reading speed of audible readers is about 30 pages per hour, with a range from 22,2 (The 2nd world war by Anthony Beevor), to 54 (The science of evil by Simon Baron Cohen). The standard deviation was 7.79 pages per hour.
Here is the entire list of books I have listened to the past year, as well as the number of pages, the duration of the audibook and the average reading pace of that book:
|Blood and thunder||499||21||23,76|
|Energy for future presidents||305||9,5||32,11|
|The Universe within||191||6,5||29,38|
|How pleasure works||223||7||31,86|
|Thinking fast and slow||483||20||24,15|
|We are anonymous||428||14||30,57|
|Half the sky||259||10,5||24,67|
|The Moral Lanscape||320||7||45,71|
|The world until yesterday||512||18,5||27,68|
|The undercover economist||265||8,5||31,18|
|The willpower instinct||272||8,5||32,00|
|The science of evil||272||5||54,40|
|A history of the world in 6 glasses||311||7,5||41,47|
|God is not great||336||9||37,33|
|The Second world war||880||39,5||22,28|
|Who's in charge||272||8||34,00|
ps: An assumption of this analysis is that the number of words per page is approximately the same for different books - an assumption that is likely to be false for some books and may therefore bias the results.