Audiobook Challenge 2016 (Final Update) + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Giveaways, Miscellaneous | 35 comments

2016 Audiobook Challenge Final Update

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Audiobook Challenge was back for a year and 2016 was great! Special thanks to my co-hosts over at The Book Nympho for another great year.

What level did you reach in 2016? Did you make your goal? I had a pretty good year. I’ve ended the year with a total of 126 audiobooks, 58 of which came in the second half the year. I’ve been on a relisten kick. I’ve relistened to several books that I’ve listened to before. It was a lot of fun to revisit some of my favorite stories.


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+

We will have a new co-host for 2017. We will be posting the sign up post on December 15, so be on the lookout for that and sign up for next year. We will be keeping the same format. Two wrapup posts with contests for the people who’ve entered. For those of you that joined the Goodreads group, it will still be around for 2017.

My list

On the edge audiobook 150_
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Enter the giveaway


A big thanks to all who participated. We like to wish you all good luck with the giveaway. Giveaway is open to anyone that can receive an audiobook from and who participated in the challenge. Link your second half wrap-up post and enter the giveaway. The winner will be chosen December 24th just in time for Christmas.

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 would pick It ends with us by Colleen Hoover!

    • I haven’t read that one, but I’ve heard really great things. I hope to get to it one day.

  2. Hey, great job of hitting your numbers. I was on a slight re-read kick in that I accepted several reviews for audio that I had already read in print and then I bought a few that I wanted in both because of the narrator.

    But my number. I originally had the goal of 20 books, but ended up hitting 56 with my final number probably will be 58. Loved participating. Thanks so much for doing the challenge. I will definitely be back for 2017’s.

    If I won, I’d like to have Patricia Briggs’ Iron Kissed. Thanks!

    • 56 is a great number. Glad you’ll be back. The Mercy Thompson series is so wonderful on audio. Lorelei King does a great job. Good luck

  3. I need to do my post. Nope, I totally failed. I do blame the election b/c I was going to do nothing but audio this last month. 🙁 Just couldn’t get motivated. *sigh*

    • Oh and I forgot to mention that I would pick a Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels book but I’d have to see which one I need. 🙂 I also listed my goodreads list on the links in the above giveaway. Just in case my brain forgets.

    • You can never go wrong with Kate Daniels. I’ve had issues with the election too. I think that is one reason why I’ve had so many relistens. I’ve picked books that make me laugh and get me out of the real world for a while.

  4. Patiently awaiting the sign-up sheet!!! 🙂 I did great with my challenge this year and went way over what I thought I would and so I am going all out this next year! 🙂

    • We will have the sign up sheet next week. Glad you enjoyed the challenge this year. Always fun to see all the audios that everyone reads.

  5. You are doing fantastic on this, congrats!!

  6. I would pick NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Thanks for hosting the challenge and the giveaway, and I’m looking forward to it returning next year!

    • That is a great book. I listened to it last year. Good luck.

  7. I can’t believe we’re at the end of the year already! I am slightly behind, but I hope I’ll be able to catch up 🙂
    If I win, I’d love a copy of Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

    • I hope you’re able to make your goal. I know you’ve been busy though. KA Tucker is an author that I’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t yet.

  8. Hi, I did not make my goal of 30 again this year 🙁 I did start listening to another so I will have listened to one for December. I will see how I do next year. Here is what I have listened to since the last update:
    The 6th Target–James Patterson
    The 8th Confession–James Patterson
    The 9th Judgment–James Patterson
    Say You Love Me–Johanna Lindsey
    How to Make a Decision–Joyce Meyer
    The Future of Life–Edward O. Wilson
    The People of Sparks–Jeanne DuPrau
    The Prophet of Yonwood–Jeanne DuPrau
    The Diamond of Darkhold–Jeanne DuPrau
    The Kite Runner–Khaled Hosseni
    The Gates–John Connolly
    In the Still of the Night–Ann Rule
    The Genius–Jesse Kellerman (currently listening)

    • Still a nice list of books. Ann Rule is an author that I’ve wanted to read more of. I should try her on audio, I’ve only ever read her.

  9. OH. WOW. YOU. ARE. AMAZZEEE-BALLS!!! This is awesome!! I’m so happy that you had the chance to read so much! I’ve decided that I’m going to slow down, read more, and stop stressing out so much about reaching goals and stuff because for me that takes the fun out of everything. But OMG, so you’re going to have a co-blogger on your blog?? OMG!!

    • It helps that I’m able to listen while at work. Unfortunately, at this time, I do not have a co-blogger. I will have a new co-host for the Audiobook Challenge. We will be posting about that tomorrow.

  10. Thanks for running this great challenge. I made my goal with even a book more than I thought. If I won I think the book I’d chose is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

    • I love this challenge to. I can’t imagine not having it. Congrats on exceeding your goal. Good luck

  11. Not sure if my comment was swallowed so just in case. Thanks for hosting this. I made one more book than I thought I would and had a great year of listening. If I won I think I’d chose Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

  12. Woo! That’s a lot of awesome listens! A few of those are favorite reads of mine 😀

    • I had some really good listens this year. I still have several that have gotten really good reviews that I still need to tackle.

  13. I finished with 35 books this year, which is outstanding for me. If I won, I would choose Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

    • Congrats on meeting that number. Good luck on the contest. 🙂

  14. It amazes me the amount of audiobooks you listen to every year! Wonderful job this year and so many lovely reads. I was able to meet my challenge of 30/30! I had a fun time doing this challenge as always. If I won, I’d choose Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Thanks for the chance!

    • Good luck on the contest and reaching your goal. I’m able listen while I’m at work for many different projects. I also have a hour commute each way, so lots of time to listen.

  15. Dang! That’s a lot!!! Thank you for hosting this challenge. I’m late on my wrap-up but I finally got to it! I did not listen anywhere near you but I got some books in 🙂

    • It’s all about finding some great listens. I hope you found some books you loved.

  16. Yikes! This is my 3rd attempt to post. My apologies if my comment is in triplicate, but I keep getting an error message.

    I missed the deadline to enter the giveaway because I suck at dates. I thought we had until Dec. 31st, oops! I’m listening to my 75th audiobook now, Blood Vow by JR Ward, and I’ll listen to FU Cancer by Hilaria Alexander before 12/31 as my 76th audiobook. My year started to go tits up over the summer and the election insanity just compounded my year of bad luck. So I also did several rereads/relistens via audiobook.

    Next year I think I can do marathoner level again. I’m looking forward to some great listens. Thanks for doing this challenge every year, love it!

    • I think the election hit a lot of people hard. I know that is when I got deep into relistening. I’m still doing relistens. I hope you found some really great listens and more next year. 76 is a great number.

  17. Oh, bummer- I thought the challenge went until the end of December, and missed the giveaway. 🙁
    Any chance we can request the 2017 goes through Dec 30 or 31? I get a lot of listening done over the holidays, with all the travel.
    This year I aimed for 28, and listened to 25 (five less than last year- I’ve gotta up my game!) The comment box won’t let me share my recap URL, but it posted today.

    • Sorry you missed the giveaway. I’m sure we can get that resolved for 2017. I hope you found some great listens and find even more next year. Happy New Year!

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