I know exactly what you are talking about because I have the same problem. Mostly I listen to audio books, and I even convert my ebooks (epubs) to electronic audio books when I don't want to buy or can't find the professional ones.
I've gotten to where sitting and "reading" is very difficult for me. However I have one, out of the box, suggestion.
It's what I do for movies I'm not sure I want to see, and it works great for non-fiction books, e.g. school books.
Read the chapter "backwards". Not word for word, but section by section. If there is not a definitive section, then several paragraphs at a time. Eventually you'll either get to the front of the chapter, or are versed enough in the content to start at the beginning of the chapter and read through.
(Yes, I'm one of those people who have to read the ending before I read the book. [or end of the movie before I watch it] I have a problem with stress, and even the stress of a well written mystery can cause me problems. Whereas I will re-read a good book hundreds of times because I know how it will end. I'm looking for technique and details.)
I hope this wierd suggestion might help.
PS I have a folder full of mazes I drew in school while listening to the teachers.
Last edited by AJ Starr; 01-26-2013 at 05:55 PM.