2018 Audiobook Challenge Semi-annual Update

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Miscellaneous | 21 comments

2018 Audiobook Challenge Semi-annual Update

Audiobook Challenge 2018 - Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

How is it already halfway through the year? It seems like we were just starting the year not that long ago. I started a new job in January and luckily, I’m still able to listen at work, so my audiobook numbers haven’t dropped. I did do a lot more relistens as I worked through my new duties. I had been kinda in that mood and it helped in that I didn’t have to listen quite as intensely as with a new listen.

I had so many great listens in the first half of this year. Molly Harper had an audio first story with How to Date Your Dragon, read by Amanda Ronconi. I listened to John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster, which is actually written by his lawyer, Judge Sam L. Amirante, and read by Robin Bloodworth. It was a very interesting and disturbing read. I even read by first Nora Roberts book, Year One, read by Julia Whelan.

I’ve also seen some series come to an end. Last Dragon Standing is the last book in Rachel Aaron’s Heartstriker series read by Vikas Adam. I will so miss Julian, Mercy and the gang. Scourged is the last book in Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles read by Luke Daniels.

I hope that I have just as many great listens in the second half of the year.


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 list

Dragon Reborn by Eve Langlais
Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price read by Emily Durante
How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper read by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis
Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson read by Luke Daniels
Firefighter Sea Dragon by Zoe Chant read by Lucy Rivers
Hot and Badgered (Honey Badgers Chronicles #1) by Shelly Laurenston read by Traci Odom
Twice the Witch (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #2) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
Coming to You Live (A Newsflesh Novella) by Mira Grant read by Christine Lakin
Pretend You're Safe (The Agency #1) Alexandra Ivy read by Jim Frangione
Murder's a Witch by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs read by Holter Graham
Last Dragon Standing Rachel Aaron Vikas Adam
Switchback by Melissa F Olson read by Luke Daniels
The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files #5) by Lisa Shearin read by Johnanna Parker
Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3) by Katie Ruggle read by Callie Beaulieu
Midnight Wolf (Shifters Unbound #11) by Jennifer Ashley read by Cris Dukehart
Witch Slapped (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #3) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
Agent G: Infiltrator by C.T. Phipps read by Jeffrey Kafer
Firefighter Griffin by Zoe Chant read by Lucy River
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop read by Alexandra Harris
Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong read by Amy Landon
I Was a Teenage Weredeer C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus Arielle DeLisle
Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles #9) by Kevin Hearne read by Luke Daniels

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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’ve only been doing one or two a month, but got three in June. Here is what I have listened to so far:
    Pandora’s Daughter–Iris Johansen
    Lord of the Flies–William Golding
    Escape From Mr. Limoncello’s Library–Chris Grabenstein
    Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes–Joyce Meyer
    Who Was Dr. Seuss?–Janet B. Pascal
    The Castle in the Mist–Amy Ephron
    Hotel For Dogs–Lois Duncan
    The Underneath–Kathi Appelt
    Last Light Over Carolina–Mary Alice Monroe
    Island of the Blue Dolphins–Scott O’Dell
    Incantation–Alice Hoffman
    The Broken Road–Richard Paul Evans
    Lincoln in the Bardo–George Saunders
    The Mars Room–Rachel Kushner

  2. I’m at 29 so far and am aiming for 50 so I’m right on track!

  3. Great job. You have some nice picks.

  4. Nice work! I’ve got more than usual for me at the midpoint, but I’m not certain where the extra listening time is coming from! haha

  5. Post is up and I have done 58 so far hihi

  6. That is super that you got to keep up with your audios even with the new job. I’ve got a couple that I want to re-listen someday, particularly ones from when I first started listening to audios and wasn’t used to the format yet.

    Nice numbers there! I’m still plugging along toward my goal of 50 which I will definitely reach and surpass for the first time for the challenge. Woohoo!

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