How did audio books – sometimes jokingly called “books for ears” - come about? How were they adopted in Italy? And how can their great popularity in recent years be explained? Leafing through the Alfabeto italiano, the page opens at the letter O, O for Orecchie or Ears in English, which we have become accustomed to using not only to listen to conversations around us and the music we like, but also for experiencing a written text in a different way. With Carla Fiorentino (Emons) and Francesco Bono (Audible)