Audiobook Challenge

This event is co-hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer. The idea is to determine the level of listener you want to be and then work to listen to a number of books needed over the course of the year. There are two check-ins – one mid-year and one at the end to see how you did. Participants will have the chance to win audiobooks.

2018 Audiobook Challenge
**According to a Publisher’s Weekly article on June 21, 2018: Audiobook Revenue Jumped 22.7% in 2018.

Yay, more people are listening! Even better, “libraries remain major drivers for audiobook consumption.” Double yay, that’s where I get my audio books:)

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. 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 2018 than you did in 2017.
  • 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, 2018, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2018.

Achievement Levels

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 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+
I’ve become an audio book addict and wouldn’t get through nearly as many books as I want to without them. I love the ease of this challenge; simply listen to more audiobooks than you did the year before and you’ve achieved it.

My 2018 audio books list so far:

1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ★★★☆☆

2. The Dry by Jane Harper ★★★☆☆

3. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn ★★☆☆☆

4. The Last Child by John Hart ★★★★☆

5. The Outsider by Stephen King ★★1/2☆☆

6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova ★★★1/2☆

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read by Jim Dale) ★★★★★

8. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb ★1/2☆☆☆

My recent audio book numbers are: 6 in 2017 and 11 in 2016.

*Update December 2018: I completed the challenge with 8 audiobooks, I’m a Weekend Warrior (ironic, because I only listen during the work-week on my commutes) I will try for 11 audiobooks next year.

Do you enjoy listening to audio books, or are you a strictly print-books only type? 

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