2016 Audiobook Challenge

Posted January 1, 2016 by smutmatters in Challenges / 1 Comment


Join The Book Nympho and Hot Listens for the 4th year of great audiobooks.

Audiobooks are great for those times you want to read but can’t for some reason like driving, doing chores, working out, or if you’re one of the lucky ones like me, listen to them at work.

I know some of you are thinking, audiobooks? Pass. I thought that once too. But when you find a great narrator they can make the story even better. There are some series I will only listen even if I can get the Arc I’ll wait until the audio is available because the narrator does such a great job bring the book to life.

reading challenge details:

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. 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 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • 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, Shelfari, Booklikes, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button (on the sidebar) 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.


  • 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) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+


My level goal for 2016 is Marathoner – 50 or more audiobooks. I love audiobooks. I listen to them constantly. In the car, exercising, cleaning the house, cooking, while I’m playing video games, while I’m shopping, while I’m working…. I always have my headphones in. In fact, headphones are one thing I will always buy the best I can afford. Since they spend so much time in my ears, I’m extremely picky about them. We got a new puppy a few months ago and one of the first things he did was chew up my Bose earbuds. He’s lucky I didn’t give him back to the shelter. (I’m kidding. I would never give a dog back to a shelter.)

Anyway… According to my spreadsheet, I listened to 60 audiobooks last year. That seems low; maybe I missed a few, but I’m going to make my actual goal for this challenge 70 audiobooks. It’ll be challenging because I also listen to a lot of podcasts, but I’m also taking part in some fitness challenges, so hopefully I can use the added workouts and the added audiobooks to motivate me on both.  I’ll also use this post to track my progress. Grab the button and join the fun!

Books Read for Challenge:

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Tricked by Kevin Hearne

The Quiche of Death – Agatha Raisin #1 by MC Beaton

Trapped by Kevin Hearne

All I Want by Jill Shalvis

Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne

The Vicious Vet – Agatha Raisin #2 by MC Beaton

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Storm Front by Jim Buther

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams

The Last Word by Ellery Adams

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Written in Stone Ellery Adams

Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams

When a Scot Ties a Knot by Tessa Dare

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Broken Harbor by Tara French

Far From True by Linwood Barclay

The Offer by Karina Halle

The Pact by Karina Halle

Roomhate by Penelope Ward

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

You by Caroline Kepnes

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton

The Baller by Vi Keeland

Stuck-Up Suit by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Writing All the Wrongs by Ellery Adams

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