When I was younger, I went to bed every night listening to an audiobook on a cassette tape. I can still remember that my favourite tape was The Secret Island by Enid Blyton, and even though I knew the story off by heart after a few plays, I still loved the excitement of listening to an adventure story as I fell into sleep.
Since then, maybe because I got better at falling asleep, I haven’t really listened to audiobooks. So, when I stumbled upon the 2015 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens, I thought I’d give it a go.
The idea of the challenge is simply to read and enjoy audiobooks. There are seven levels of progress ranging from Newbie (0-5 audiobooks listened to) and Marathoner (50+) and the blog includes a pretty concise list of where to get your hands on some audiobooks, including your local library.
Here is my progress so far:
Audiobooks listened to: 3
1. Coraline (written by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Dawn French) (Purchase here – sadly, my version narrated by Dawn French isn’t available on The Book Depository, though I’m sure it is sold elsewhere)
2. The Bonesetter’s Daughter (written by Amy Tan, narrated by Amy Tan and Joan Chen)
3. Big Girl Panties (Stephanie Evanovich, narrated by Katie Schorr) (Purchase here)
Coraline we got hold of very cheap when the library was selling off a load of their old cassettes, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Big Girl Panties were downloaded for free on a three week loan through Overdrive. I can’t seem to find The Bonesetter’s Daughter for sale anywhere at a reasonable price, which is a shame as the story was brilliant. It might be worth seeing if your library stock it if you were interested in giving it a listen to.
I’m currently on audiobook number four, working my way through The Good House (another Overdrive download, written by Ann Leary, narrated by Caitlin Thorburn). It is an intriguing listen (and with an excellent narrator) but I just can’t stop falling asleep when it is on! That’s what comes from having associated audiobooks with bedtime as a child.
My very modest goal for the year is Weekend Warrior (5-10 books), which I am confident I will achieve by 31st December.