2018 Audiobook Challenge Final Update & Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Giveaways, News | 24 comments

2018 Audiobook Challenge Final Update & Giveaway

Audiobook Challenge 2018 - Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

I can’t believe it is already the end of the year. It has been a great year. I started a new job, and didn’t get as many listens in as last year (117 versus 99 this year), but still a lot of books.

So I saw the end of several series that I’ve loved on audio. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and read by Renee Raudman is over, but the world is not, so we still get some time with those characters (I also did a complete relisten to the entire series before Magic Triumphs). Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles, read by Luke Daniels, has come to an end as well, though we know to have at least one more Meaty Mysteries novella coming out. Rachel Vincent’s Menagerie Trilogy, read by Gabra Zackman, has also ended. Last of my big series enders is Rachel Aaron’s Heartstriker series, read by Vikas Adam, though there is a spinoff out in this series, but I don’t know if it will be on audio. While it is sad to see the end of all of these series, I’m really excited to see what these authors bring next (some of which, we’ve already started to see, like Kevin Hearne and Ilona Andrews).

I also started listening to some cozy mysteries, which has been a lot of fun and found some new-to-me narrators that I’m loving.

I hope you found some great listens and will join us again for next year.

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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

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Frostbite (Ivy Granger 0.5) by E.J. Stevens read by Melanie A. Mason
Magic Shifts Audiobook by Ilona Andrews 390_
Witch Way Home (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries #4) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews read by Renee Raudman
Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #4) by Katie Ruggle read by Callie Beaulieu
Lucky Witch (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries #5) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
Straight Outta Fangton by C. T. Phipps read by Cary Hite
Fury (Menagerie #3) by Rachel Vincent read by Gabra Zackman
Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep read by Lauren Fortgang
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara read byGabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt
Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh read by Angela Dawe
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Outbreak (Nightshades #3) by Melissa F. Olson read by Luke Daniels
An American Weredeer in Michigan (The Bright Falls Mysteries #2) by C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus read by Arielle DeLisle
What Are You Afraid Of? by Alexandra Ivy read by Jim Frangione
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep read by Lauren Fortgang
Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter #11) by Nalini Singh read by Justine Eyre
The Phoenix Illusion (SPI Files #6) by Lisa Shearin read by Johanna Parker
Deacon (Gideon's Riders #2) by Kit Rocha read by Tatiana Sokolov
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Heart on Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet read by Mia Barron
Deadly Assessments (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #5) by Drew Hayes read by Kirby Heyborne
Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou #2) by Molly Harper read by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis
Shades of Wicked (NIght Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost read by Tavia Gilbert
Ashwin (Gideon's Riders #1) by Kit Rocha read by Tatiana Sokolov
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews read by Renee Raudman, Emily Rankin
Once Upon a Hallow's Eve (Haven Paranormal Romance #1) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi

Caffeinated Book Reviews

A big thanks to our Co-host Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Don’t for get to check her final update.


Enter our final Audiobook Challenge Giveaway (Sponsored by Hot Listens)

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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. Had a great year. As of my post, I listened to 62 books, and I’ll hit 63 today. Thanks for hosting!

    • I’m down this year, but still a lot of books. I’m hoping that my number will go up again next year. Glad to have you.

  2. Is there an end date when we should have our post up? I mean so many more listens this year 😉

    • I will have some since posting too. I can’t wait for all the great books coming out next year.

      • I finally did my update post 😀 Might manage one last audio before the years end if it is short and good 🙂

        • I think I’m done for audio (but hope to finish my current ebook before the end of the year).

  3. Great list here, Melanie! I love Ilona Andrews and Katie Ruggle. I’ve listened to all the Kate Daniels and some books from their other series and loved them! I’ve read Katie Ruggle but I bet listening to her books would be great! Thanks for hosting with Kimberly, and good luck! 🙂

    • I’m so glad that I did the complete relisten prior to Magic Triumphs. I love Kate Daniels. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us in that world. I love Katie Ruggle too. She writes some really great characters.

  4. I’m in the middle of my 65 audiobook for 2018. I sent a goal of 75 but I don’t think I’ll get there. I might get a few more in but I don’t think I’ll get in 10.

    • I’m down this year too. I hope to be back up next year, but I don’t know if that will happen. Still a large number of books for both of us. 🙂

  5. This year my goal was 50 audiobooks and I figured that would be a challenge, but somehow my listening habit exploded and I nearly doubled that. 🙂 It didn’t hurt that I had my 3-month trial on KU back in the fall and I chose mostly audiobooks for that. I really enjoyed the Scarlett Falls and Morgan Dane books by Melinda Leigh and narrated by Cris Dukehart. 🙂

    • I love Cris Dukehart. I’ll have to look at that series. I’m glad you’re enjoying all the audiobooks. I’ve not tried KU, but maybe I will one day.

  6. I went over my mark of 20 Audios! I made it to 27 I might just get a last, last one in. Who knows! =)

    Joining next year challenge as well!


  7. Thanks Melanie for hosting and encouraging us to listen to audio, I had a great year of listens, nowhere near 99 but doesn’t matter as the emphasis is on the love.

    • Exactly. We know that each person has a different amount of time to read/listen. We just want to share our love of audiobooks. I hope you find some really great listens in 2019.

  8. I met my goal of 50+ so I’m happy!! 😀 Thank you again for hosting, I love this challenge <3

    • Glad to have you come back for another year. I love hearing how much everyone loves this challenge. I love it too. A fun way to share our love of audiobooks.

  9. I got 14 listened to this year, mostly mysteries as usual. You can bet I’ll be back next year.

    • I’m glad to have you back. I do love a good mystery. I hope you find a bunch of great ones. Happy New Year

  10. I missed the Update Post, but here is my Wrap-up:

  11. Thank you so much for the challenge and for the prize. I’m excited to pick out some books with the gift card!

    • Congrats on winning the prize. I hope you find some great books.

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