Audiobook Challenge 2019


I’ve seen this challenge mentioned on Mogsy’s blog and it came at exactly the right time.

It’s co-hosted by The Caffeinated Reviewer & Hot Listens. Check out their posts here and here.

Here are the details for the challenge:

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.

And the levels of achievement:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

This challenge is great for me, because I won’t have as much time on my hands this year to sit down and enjoy a book. I’ve been struggling with audio books – I just prefer to read – and this might give me the ‘kick’ I need to get into it again. I used to love audio books & plays when I was a kid! It will come in handy when I have things to do on our new property. I can work/renovate and still listen to a story.

For the start, I’d like to listen to one book a month. And then see from there.

Those are the first 2 audio books I chose:

I’m looking forward to it!


  1. Yay, glad you’re hopping on board! To those who are new to audio, I always recommend finding a book you know you’ll love, maybe from a favorite author. And never underestimate the value of a good narrator! When I first started trying audiobooks, I had a really hard time getting into the format, and was about to dismiss audio as “not for me” until I tried a new series and the narrator was amazing! Got me hooked and I never looked back.

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    1. Oh, and also find a good app that can allow you to adjust playback speed. Most audiobooks sound WAY too slow for me, and my attention tends to drift. I always listen to my audiobooks at 2x speed at least. To me, that just sounds closer to natural talking speed.

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    2. Thanks! I know what you mean.. I tried a couple books and did NOT like the narrator. That did not help with the story^^

      I feel like I’m doing better listening to shorter books, so I’ll stick with Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series for now 🙂


  2. I hope you’ll enjoy this challenge! Btw Seanan McGuire: My first contact with her Indexing-Book was by Audible , read by Marie Robinette Kowal and I liked it very much. 🙂 Maybe you like the Dresden Files (I read the first one , but Konstanze (Winterkatze) read more) and they are narrated by James Marsters, sigh ;). If you are in to geeek myths, maybe you like to try Stephen Fry’s “Myth” narrated by himself or his Harry Potter-readings. I love to hear Neil Gaiman’s voice too btw. 🙂

    And if you like to liste to german books “once in a while”, I love David Nathan as narrator, he narrated for instance “Der Anschlag” von Stephen King. Or Andreas Fröhlich (I loved his entertaining narration of “Von Ratlosen und Löwenherzen – eine kurzweilige aber nützliche Geschichte des englischen Mittelalters” von Rebecca Gable) and maybe you’ll remebering his voice – he was one of the german voices of “Die drei Fragezeichen”).

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    1. I have Indexing on my wishlist 🙂 I might try out the audio versions of it as well 🙂 Maybe after I’m done with the Wayward Children books.

      Ooooh, James Marsters 😀 That is so funny, because I ONLY got audible in the first place after I heard he was the narrator for the Dresden Files 😀 I used to love them, but now I’m up to book 7 and can’t find motivation to continue because the last 3 or 4 were disappointing. I am not sure if even Mr. Marsters can tempt me again 😀 I will leave it open haha

      Thanks for all the recs! My dad loves the Gable books and always said I should try them. Maybe I will get the audio versions of those – would be nice to listen to German again 😉


  3. Ui, “Von Ratlosen…” is not a historical novel by this author but a funny – well, at least I think so, especially this audio version- nonfictional take of this topic. 🙂

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