Audiobook Challenge Update



This post is to update my progress on the audiobook challenge!

I said I would listen to 30-50 books between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Let’s see how I’m doing (all titles are clickable to go to Goodreads!):


Never Let Me Go

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

One Plus One

Still Alice

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

The Woodlanders

Cousin Kate

In Cold Blood

The Book of Joe

The Professor

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

The Invention of Wings

Wessex Tales


The End of the Affair

Only Time Will Tell

Moral Disorder and Other Stories

One Last Thing Before I Go

Astonish Me

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

King and Maxwell

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age

This is Where I Leave You

I Capture the Castle

Adam Bede

The Sound and the Fury

This Side of Paradise

The Girl on the Train

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Madame Bovary

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The Beautiful and Damned


Well, I’ve listened to 35 audiobooks so far this year! That’s way over half of the novels that I’ve finished this year. Without audible and the library, I definitely wouldn’t read as many books. It was able to swap out a lot of my paperback books at paperbackswap, so I do have some that I want to read, but I usually opt for an audiobook first because I find them the most relaxing. I really liked As You Wish and Still Alice because both were read by the author!

What do you think about audiobooks? Do you love it when the author reads the novel?

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  • Wow you’ve listened to a ton! That’s awesome!

    • I mostly listen instead of read hard copies – they’re my last resort. I listen at double speed, too, so I can get through more! I didn’t do the math, but it’s way more than half so far for the year 🙂

  • Wow, you are doing amazing with those audiobooks! I’ve never tried audiobooks but I’ve been wanting to give them a try. I get a lot of migraines so it’s getting hard for me to read all of the books on my list, so I thought it might be easier to listen to them.

    • I listen at double speed, but you might do ok at single speed. If it is the focusing on the page that hurts your head, then I would definitely recommend them. I actually find them really relaxing. Like, when I am super sick, I can just lay down and listen with the lights off and the sound low. (I went through a month long headache last April – it wasn’t a migraine, just a chronic headache – and I could exercise and basically do anything but watch TV. The movement and lights hurt so much. That’s when I started audiobooks).
      If you are listening to something “lighter,” especially once you’ve already started it and know the characters, you can listen while you drive or do something else around the house (or take a bubble bath!). I get a lot from the library and load them on to my ipad, to make them more portable because my phone is totally full. I’m working on a tutorial. I change the format so that I can speed them up, but I would highly recommend them! They’re free at the library, so it can’t hurt to try. If you do end up loading them onto an iphone/ipad or using the audible app (or I’ve heard that the Overdrive app does this, but my library is bad and doesn’t have any audibooks on overdrive), you can even increase the speed to 1.25 or 1.5, which some people like.
      I think you can get one free Audible book at any time! Anyway, that’s how much I love audiobooks! You should try one, especially if migraines are keeping you from reading.

  • Get it, girl! I’m listening to Hollow City right now and The Invention of Wings is next on my list! It makes my commute SOO much more manageable.

    • I haven’ heard of Hollow City. The Invention of Wings was great, I thought. We had to read another book by the author, The Secret Life of Bees, for my Southern Lit class.
      I wrote a tutorial – I think I’m posting next week – on how to play audio cds at a faster speed with a portable device! It’s the only way to get through some of those 25-30 hour long “classics.” I enjoy them, but I really couldn’t devote 30 hours to them.

  • wow, this is awesome!! you are blasting through it. i love when an audiobook is read by the author! as you wish is on my list, i’ll have to make sure i listen to it when i get around to it.

    • You should like As You Wish! Not only does the writer/main actor read it, but other people involved in the movie read bits. Some people only say a line or two, but some people read a ton. It’s great! It’s short, too!

  • I have fallen in love with audiobooks, it’s such a great way to read more books and fit more reading into your day. I have yet to listen to one read by the author though.

    • Exactly! Like, I woke up before my husband, so I was like, I’ll just relax by closing my eyes and listening to this audiobook. I got through a bunch, but then I realized that I did fall back asleep… but, still, you can multi-task with them! I would probably only read 1/4 or 1/3 or the total number of books that I do, if I didn’t have audiobooks!
      I think this month was the first time I had any read by the author, so it was funny that I had a few. I’ve listened to ones with interviews with the authors at the ends, but there is something special about the author reading a memoir. I was really impressed that the author of a fiction novel, Still Alice, read her novel (I believe there was a previous recording, but I could be wrong).

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