Posted on March 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those of us who have endured road trips or prolonged tedious tasks with the help of an audiobook (or several of them) owe a special thanks to Duvall Hecht.

Hecht, who died last month at age ninety-one, launched the company Books on Tape and helped popularize the audiobook.

According to his New York Times obituary, Hecht grew weary of a long rush-hour commute and first tried playing book recordings made for blind people.

But he quickly exhausted that selection and decided to expand the market.

This wasn't Hecht's first incredible accomplishment, either — he was an Olympic gold medalist in rowing and a Marine fighter pilot.

Read all about Hecht's remarkable life in the NY Times.

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