Story-Listening is a Necessary Skill
The storytelling process involves three components involving every participant:
the telling of the story
the listening to the story.
The telling is not limited to the person speaking, nor is the listening only for the audience.
Everyone is involved in all three. The teller must pay attention or "listen" to the audience and the audience is always communicating with the teller (nonverbal communication).
So "story-listening" is a necessary skill.