On the sixth day of Bookmas…
The 2015 Audiobook Challenge is over! This is one challenge I will definitely be taking up again in 2016; it has helped me to engage once more with audiobooks. I am in awe over my final audiobook total for this year, as I only started the challenge in May. I really thought I wouldn’t listen to more than 5/6 audiobooks (making me a Weekend Warrior, though only just), especially as I didn’t listen to anything on the bus or train. In fact, I wondered if it was even possible to listen at any time other than in bed for ten minutes before sleep.
As it is, I’m feeling quite smug about how innovative I have been with my listening habits. It has been a year full of D.I.Y in my house, and a perfect time to play some audiobooks to fill the hours of painting. As much of the painting was done with my Mum, it was fun to listen to and giggle along to the same story, and to update each other on what we had missed if one of us left the room. I also found that listening to audiobooks was a good way of passing the time on the treadmill or exercise bike, as my phone doesn’t have enough storage for music, but Overdrive let me listen to as much as I wanted.
So here we are, my final list of audiobooks for 2015 (not all of them have links as some seem to be really hard to get hold of!):
1. Coraline (written by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Dawn French)
2. The Bonesetter’s Daughter (written by Amy Tan, narrated by Amy Tan and Joan Chen)
3. Big Girl Panties (written by Stephanie Evanovich, narrated by Katie Schorr)
I really didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded this one, but it ended up being really entertaining. I’m not convinced that the message of the story is particularly a positive one, but a good (and at times saucy) story all the same.
4. The Good House (written by Ann Leary, narrated by Caitlin Thorburn)
5. The Night Circus (written by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale)
I ranted about how much I love The Night Circus back in August’s update, and my opinion hasn’t changed much since then!
6. Slummy Mummy (written by Fiona Neill, narrated by Katherine Kellgren)
I wouldn’t consider this my usual cup of tea, and I don’t think I even would have glanced at the book if it hadn’t been for the audiobook catching my eye. Katherine Kellgren as narrator was perfect for Lucy the protagonist, and portrayed her dry wit very well.
7. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (written by Laurie Viera Rigler, narrated by Liza Ross)
I figure the author must have done a lot of research to write this one, as she goes to so much effort to bring history to life; I felt I was actually there, mingling with the Georgian gentry alongside Jane/Courtney. Minus points for James’ unconvincing accent.
8. The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight (written by Jenny Valentine, narrated by Joe Van Moyland)
Final level for 2015 Audiobook Challenge: Weeekend Warrior (5-10)
More information about the challenge can be found at The Book Nympho.
Did anyone else do this challenge this year? I’d love to know what levels everyone managed to achieve!