2016 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up!

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2016 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up!. Come and Join us!

2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge


The Audiobook Challenge is back for 2016! Join Hot Listens for the 4th year of great audio books.

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 hope all those new and old junkies can join us once again for The 2016 Audiobook Challenge.
Listening is never been better, thanks to the popularity of Audiobooks just about everything is being published on audio…YAY!

There has never been a better time for reading with our ears 🙂

Challenge Details
  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at anytime.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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+
Audio Resources





Ambling Books

Free Resources
Overdrive through your local library

Audiobook Jukebox audios for review

For a complete list click HERE

Follow my co-host The Book Nympho

The Book Nympho

Updates will be posted every 6 mo/ Giveaways every 6mo.

Join us!

Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I have to remember to add my link to the final post, it goes live on Saturday. This past year, I listened to 32 audiobooks! I am planning on Binge listener again this year. Wish me luck.

  2. I listened to 170 books so far this year! I’ve recorded them all on Goodreads, and some books did not list an audio or Audible version. But I didn’t read any of them. I’m psyched! I’m definitely in the marathon category for 2016!

    • 170 is great. Yes, Goodreads doesn’t have all the books listed in a good audio format. I like to have the square image and the narrator listed, but they don’t always have them. Great job. Can’t wait for next year.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…2015 Audiobook Challenge Wrap-up and GiveawayMy Profile

  3. Hehe I know I’ll be signing up again for 2016. I think I’ve done 30 or so this year so far!

  4. Yay, so glad this is up now…not that I was getting impatient or anything…hehehe. 🙂 Can’t wait to start my challenges again. 🙂

  5. Hi, I’m in again. Got 30 this year, will try for the same next year. Can’t wait!

    • I recommend starting with a book that you’ve already read and loved. I started listening as revisiting books. If you miss something, it isn’t a big deal, because you already know the story. Good luck
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…2015 Audiobook Challenge Wrap-up and GiveawayMy Profile

  6. I’ve listened to 47 this year and I’m pretty shocked by that number! It seems like a lot! 🙂 I’ll go for the My Precious level for 2016 but maybe I’ll be bumping that up to over 50!

  7. I’ll go for socially awkward. I’ll keep track on my GoodReads shelf and update monthly on the blog.

  8. YAY! I’m signing up again, even if I didn’t meet my goal this year. I have some really good ones I want to listen to, though, and having a challenge to help me keep on track is great.

  9. CANNOT WAIT! I’m listening to a book right now! hehe!

  10. I’m not sure that I can top my 2015 total of 66 audiobooks so far, but I’ll aim for Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+ this time. I’m looking forward to more potentially great reads for next year to help me make my 2016 GoodReads challenge and the 2016 Audiobook challenge. Happy listening everyone!

  11. I don’t have a bog and will keep my list on Goodreads and also a board on Pinterest. I listen to YouTube all day at work and have run out of stuff to listen to, so I a, excited about this challenge. I plan to be a Marathoner. My goal is 52 but will probably surpass that goal. Thanks for hosting the challenge .

  12. I’m thinking of joining this challenge. I really need to get back to exercising and there’s nothing better than listening to a book on the dreadmill or evilliptical. Well, music is good, too, but I prefer a book. If I join the challenge maybe my motivation will get a kick in the ass. Win-win, right? 😀
    A Voracious Reader recently posted…AVR Weekly News ~ 123rd EditionMy Profile

    • That sounds like a great idea. I love dreadmill or evilliptical. I find that I will stay on my dreadmill (hehe) longer if I’m listening to a great book that I don’t want to stop listening to. We would love to have you join.

      You could also think about joining #FitReaders with TheGeekyBlogger and That’s What I’m Talking About. It is a no pressure where we all just cheer each other on and sometimes challenge each other to do more.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…2015 Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway HopMy Profile

  13. I’m going to give it a shot since I “discovered” I like audiobooks this year. I’ll go with Socially Awkward 15-20. I’ll create a shelf on Goodreads or I wouldn’t know my count.

  14. Wooo hoo I’m in again for Marathoner!

  15. I’ll be joining as a Newbie and posting on my tumblr blog. =D

  16. I’m a romance audio junkie. I’ll give it Binge Listener a shot.

  17. I’ll keep track on Goodreads. I’ve never done this before but I think I can do Marathoner!

  18. I’m in My Precious

  19. This is my first time for this challenge and I’m really excited. I started listening to audiobooks last year and now I’m addicted. I just downloaded 3 audiobooks from Overdrive so I’ll be ready to start on January 1. Thanks for hosting!!
    Kathy recently posted…2016 Reading Challenges Sign-Ups #2My Profile

  20. I’m going for Newbie because I am a newbie to audiobooks! 🙂 I posted my Goodreads shelf for the challenge above, but I will also be on Instagram as wickedlydelicioustales.

  21. I’m starting all my challenges at the lowest level and hoping to be able to get to a higher level during the year. :O)

  22. I’m happy to have come across this challenge via Kathryn of The Book Date. I’ve been listening to audiobooks more now while knitting holiday gifts, etc.

  23. Good luck with your goals! I wish I could get into audiobooks more, I know I would get so many more books read if I could.

    • I love listening to them while I do other tasks, especially while driving. My road rage is much less since I started listening to audiobooks. I do know many people who can’t listen to them. I usually tell people to start of trying by revisiting a story they already love. Then if you miss something, the biggest complaint of most new listeners, you already know the story. It kinda helps you get the feel of audiobooks.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Hot New Audiobooks-January 2016My Profile

      • That’s a great idea for getting a feel for them. I might try that once. Indeed if I miss something at least it’s okay as I already know the story. Thanks for the tip!

        I can see how listening while driving would be rgeat. I work from home and hardly travel, so I can’t imagine when I would listen to them. Maybe while cooking? I also hate earbuds, so I would need to play them on my computer.
        Lola recently posted…Lola’s Advice: How to get more Reviews for your BookMy Profile

  24. I am doing Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10

    I am getting ready to post my first. Will be live in about 20 minutes.

  25. Last year I listened to 32 books, so this year I’m going with “Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30.”

  26. I have done audiobooks before, but not much. I saw this challenge, and I figured I would take a chance and add a bit more audio to my reading diet in 2016. Since I am doing other challenges, and I am not sure how well Overdrive will work here, I am setting myself low as newbie. We’ll see.

    Best, and keep on blogging.

  27. Nice to see this challenge! I managed 23 audiobooks in 2015, so I’m signing up for Binge Listener this year. Cross your fingers for me! 😉

  28. It should be fun to work on this challenge. I’ve been listening to books almost non-stop for almost a year now. It was a way to make yard work more fun last spring. I started with Scribd.com but then they changed the subscription in August so that the $8.99 membership only gets you one book a month. Even with that I think it’s a better deal than Audible.com. I switched to Tunein.com all fall. It’s a good option for those whose library doesn’t have a good selection. There isn’t a limit on it. Thank goodness for Overdrive though. Even though my library is small it has a reciprocal agreement with a much larger library in our state. I had to travel there to get a library card but now I have a wonderful selection of audiobooks. It’s February and I’ve logged 42 books on goodreads already… I think I can safely go for marathoner.

    • Sounds great. So glad you could join us. I’ll have to check out Tunein.com. I love the fact that libraries are so easy. I’m able get quite a few audios from the one by my office. Happy listening!
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Hunted Audiobook by Rebecca Zanetti (REVIEW)My Profile

  29. I didn’t read all the comments so I am sorry if you already answered this…
    Is there going to be a linky or something for us to put our reviews on?
    Or how will you know how far we are and if we are keeping up?

    • We don’t do a Linky for each review, because you are allowed to count books you don’t review. We do a follow up post in June and another in December. There will be Linkys on those posts. People usually do a post about their progress. Some people list all their books, others will list their favorites, some will list just the ones that they reviewed. We’re very informal here. It’s all about fun and the love of audiobooks.
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Deadline Audiobook by Mira Grant (REVIEW)My Profile

  30. I just signed up to this challenge and excited to get going.

  31. I’m excited to be doing this challenge!! I use axis 360 and overdrive through my local library on my phone and I couldn’t love it more.

  32. Hi, Are you doing this again next year?

  33. I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. I enjoyed listening to audiobooks and finding out what others were listening to. It makes such a difference listening to a great narrator versus not such a good one, so I really enjoyed reading what people thought of different narrators. Thanks everyone!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this challenge. I agree 100% that a narrator can make or break an audiobook. My list of great narrators continues to grow. I hope you find even more audiobooks and narrators in 2017. Happy New Year!
      Melanie Simmons recently posted…Sinner Audiobook by Eve Langlais (REVIEW)My Profile


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