I think the answer to his question is "yeah, sort of."
Listening is obviously not just like reading. The reader's voice, the inflections that they use, the speed at which they read can all add to (or detract from) the words on the page. But whether you listen to or read a book the end result is the same--you know the story and can talk about it with other people who have read it.
I listen to about the same number of books that I read. I find that a few years after I consume books I can't remember which ones I listened to and which ones I read. I know the story and that is the important thing.
I love to listen to audiobooks in the car, while I do dishes, fold laundry, mop the floor, and make dinner. Sometimes my husband and I will listen to an audiobook in the evening while we play a board game or do a puzzle together (this makes us sound like old people--we're not. We're just nerds.).
Reading time has become increasingly difficult to scrounge up as I've had children. Some days I can't get three minutes together to sit down and read a book, but I can always listen to one. So, whether or not it counts as reading, I am very thankful for audiobooks and their ability to keep me connected to the outside world.
Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you hate them?