2020 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Miscellaneous | 17 comments

Audiobook Challenge 2020 - Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

The Audiobook Challenge is back for 2020!

Join Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 8th year of audiobook fun.

Audiobooks are great for those times you want to read but can’t for some reason like driving, doing chores, working out, or just relaxing.

I hope all those new and old junkies can join us once again for The 2020 Audiobook Challenge.

Listening has never been better! Thanks to the continued popularity of Audiobooks just about everything is being published on audio…YAY!

We will hold 2 updates with giveaways. First update will be June 30th, 2019 and the final update will be Dec 15, 2020.

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


Audiobook Challenge 2020 - Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. 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 2020 than you did in 2019.
  • 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, 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.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. First update in June 30, 2020 and last update in December 15, 2020.



  • 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+
  • The 100 Club (Audiobook Elite) 100+



Audible Escape — different from a standard Audible membership.
Chirp — Some pretty good deals here
Apple iTunes
Tantor.com — Great sales, so sign up for their newsletter
Ambling Books
Libro.fm — Support local bookstores


Free Resources

Overdrive — through your local library
Audiobook Jukebox — audios for review
Hoopla — through your local library
Librivox — public domain works

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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’m in! I love experiencing more books through audio than I ever could just in print.

    I’m going for Marathoner this year and hope to hit 100.

    • Agreed. I love how narrators really bring the stories to life.

  2. I’m in! I fell off the wagon with audios in 2019… Life just got in the way. But, I’m determined to get back on board in 2020 with Stenographer!

    • I completely understand. I was quite a bit down on my numbers too. I hope you have a better 2020.

  3. If I could do audiobooks I would be all over this! Good luck to everyone!

  4. Oh yay! A 100+ club! I had 120 this year. Not sure I can outdo that. Most of them were free too throught my library on Overdrive and Hoopla. And they have a new program called RBdigital now too. I am an Audible subscriber and have gotten several free audiobooks free from authors to review.

    • Yes, we added the 100+ club thanks to Kimberly’s suggestion. We do have quite a few challenge participants that do make it over 100 each year. I didn’t make that number this year, but I have in the past. I hope that I can get back up to that number next year. I hope you find some great listens.

  5. I’m going for the 100 + this year. Thanks for hosting, Melanie! 🙂

    • You’re very welcome. I really enjoy this challenge and seeing everyone’s list of audiobooks. I always find new audiobooks to add to my pile.

  6. Forgot to say, hope you’re having a wonderful holiday, too! 🙂

    • Have a wonderful holiday! Here’s to many great audiobooks in 2020.

  7. Signed up! I am also DEVASTATED that there now is a 100 and I know I can’t manage it in 2020 😉

    • Unless something changes next year, I won’t reach it either. I know I didn’t make it this year.

  8. I’m excited to be joining in for the first time! Thanks for hosting! I usually listen to classics via audiobook–some of them are long, and I’d rather listen than have them take up a chunk of my reading time. Plus some of them are wordy, which I don’t mind if I am listening while doing something with my hands. If I were reading them, I’d probably speed scan or skip some sections. I love the nuances I get from listening to a narrator that I probably would not have picked up on with my own reading.

    • So glad to have you joining us, Barbara. I’ve listened to a few classics that I don’t think I could’ve done any other way. The big one being, Dante’s Divine Comedy. I’ve also listened to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Audible’s full cast rendition of Dracula is really good too. I need to pick up another classic, because it has been a while.

  9. Stupid question… but how would I sign up?


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