It's too bad audiobooks are never made.
"Never" is not correct. The most recent audio was "Star Trek (2009)", and it was unabridged.
If you are german there are some newish audiobooks for you.
Seriously why is/was more demand for german audiobooks?
They would be made by a smaller company, with smaller running costs, lower performer fees, and for a more dedicated audience. There are perhaps less commercial concerns.