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As you have discovered, After Effects is nowhere near a "real-time" environment to work in. Trying to sync your animation to audio in AE on the fly is a pain. One technique I use a lot is to deselect all layers in my comp, press the period key on the number pad to initiate audio playback, then hit the asterisk key on the number pad to insert markers at salient points. You can go through, stopping and starting as necessary, adding markers. If all your layers were deselected, the markers appear at the top of your timeline panel.
If you double click a marker, you can add notes. I find this is a good way to spot the key moments I have to hit in the animation.
Also, if you hold down command (ctrl on PC I guess) and scrub your timeline with the current time indicator, you get audio scrubbing. Other than that, it's a case of tweak/preview/tweak/preview/etc...
Oh yes - forgot to mention. There is a preferences setting that by default limits your audio previews to 30s (I think). You can change that if it helps.
I'll try the marker thing - at least i'll know when my animation should start moving....
If that doesnt work still I'll do the animation in flash...and import them to premier and layer it. Then I'll preview, do my changes in flash, re-import. It may even be faster - just cause animation is easier in flash...which makes this whole thing silly .
Any other methods to do this would be appreciate...cheers