Mar 02, 2022
By Andy Johnson
His name was Duvall Hecht and if you’ve ever enjoyed listening to an audio book you have him to thank.
Hecht was the founder of “Books on Tape” which converted the written word into recorded sound and helped popularize the concept of audiobooks.
He was also an Olympic gold medalist in rowing, a Marine Corps pilot and, with the establishment of Books on Tape in 1975, an entrepreneur who harnessed the – then – new technology of cassette tapes to offer what was then a novel way of experiencing literature.
Duvall Hecht has died of congestive heart failure at his home in California.
He was 91.