Audiobook Challenge 2016 (Semi-Annual update) + Giveaway

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2016 Audiobook Challenge Update


2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 is starting off great for audiobook. I just read that audiobook sales were up 20% in 2015 over 2014. Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly article about how Digital Audio Drove 2015 Sales Gains. This means even more books are being made into audiobooks and our selection is larger than ever. I’m seeing more and more bloggers talk about how they’ve finally made the jump to try audiobooks and how much they are loving them. It is a great way to multitask and get more of these books we want read without neglecting those never ending chores that we all have. I’ve even seen a ton of people who are taking to the great new trend of adult coloring books while listening to audiobooks at the same time.

As I write this, I’ve already listened to 50 books so far this year. As I’ve made the rounds to blogs, I’m continuing to add to my TBR (or I guess that should be TBL) faster than I’m listening through them. This is not a bad problem to have in my book. πŸ™‚ I’m sure I will add even more as I read through many of the wrap up posts. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful audiobooks everyone has found so far this year.

My favorite audiobook so far this year is: Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop. But I also finally got on the bandwagon for The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I have no idea why I waited so long to start this series. It is amazing.

What is the favorite audiobook you’ve listened to so far this year?

My list

Marked by Rebecca Zanetti
Blood Rites Audiobook
Mate Claimed Audiobook
Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti
Dark Descendant Audiobook
Deadline Audiobook by Mira Grant
Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep
Endless Knight Audiobook
Blackout by Mira Grant
Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison
The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison
Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti
Otherworld Secrets by Kelley Armstrong
Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook by Drew Hayes
Tiger Magic Audiobook
The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Croc's Return by Eve Langlais
Burning Bright by E.J.Stevens
Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy
Marked in FleshAudiobook by Anne Bishop
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Deadly Descendant Audiobook
Against the Dark by Carolyn Crane
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Lone Wolf Audiobook
Python's Embrace by Eve Langlais
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Admiral by Sean Danker
Birthright by E.J. Stevens
The Drafter by Kim Harrison
Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper
Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow
The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin
Grave Visions by Kalayna Price
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti
Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler
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Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti
Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Dead Beat
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Wolf with Benefits Audiobook
Rogue Descendant Audiobook
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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. If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to sign up and join for the second half of the year. We will be doing another wrap up post and giveaway at the end of the year.
This giveaway is open to all the 2016 challenge participants. Link your first half wrap-up post and enter the giveaway.

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. My top favorite so far this year is Naked (The Blackstone Affair, #1) by Raine Miller. I did an immediate audio re-read. That hasn’t happened since my Twilight series audiobook binge listening days.

    You are killing it with 50 audiobooks read already, wow! I’ve been hoarding as many audiobooks as I do e-books and physical books. My combined TBRs is insanely unrealistic now, but I can’t seem to stop book window shopping and one-clicking, doh! I do get to the autographed books I’ve collected faster if I then collect the audiobook format. So that has really been how I’m staying on top of my general GoodReads Reading Challenge for 2016 as well as being on target for this 2016 Audiobook Challenge.

    Happy listening!

    • I’m able to listen a lot. I have an hour plus long commute one way to work. Plus, I listen while doing house work and any other chores I can think of. I also listen to audiobooks while building blog posts.

      Glad you’ve had a good year so far.

  2. I’ve been meaning to start listening to The Others series! I just finished Ninth Grave. I’ve been leaning towards audiobooks more lately as I’ve been doing a lot more hiking and long treks. One of my favorites this year has been The Nightingale. Awesome list there, Melanie!

    • The Others series is so much fun. I really love the narrator for this series. I think she fits the series really well. I loved Ninth Grave. Darynda is so much fun. I’m really looking forward to Tenth Grave. I’ll have to check out your favorites.

  3. I’ve actually been doing better with this challenge that I thought :). I have a few, I mean a boatload of, audiobooks waiting to be listened to.

    • I feel like I”m adding two or more for every one I finish. πŸ™‚

  4. Holy crap ladyface, you rock!! I can’t believe you’ve already hit 50! πŸ˜€ I need to step it up lol I think I’m at 18 for this year so far @_@

    • I have an hour plus commute one way to work. Add in chores and even some work tasks and I have a lot of listening time. 18 is a very respectable number.

  5. You listened to some good ones. I need to catch up on Suzanne Wright’s audios.

    • I do love Suzanne Wright. I still need to post my review for that one.

  6. 50 Audiobooks?! Damn that’s a HUGE accomplishment! Congrats πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Braine. I have a lot of time to listen. Long commute, plus I can listen while at work (depending on what I”m doing at the time).

  7. I don’t just have a favorite audiobook because I listened to the whole Graveyard Queen Series by Amanda Steven and it was so good, can’t wait for a new one to come out. πŸ™‚

    Next to that series would be all the Krewe of Hunter books I have managed to listen to this year as well. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • I do want to try Amanda Steven’s Graveyard Queen series. I don’t know the other series. I’ll have to look it up. Good luck in the contest.

  8. My favorites so far are Stars Above Marissa Meyer which was such a great end to the series and Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    by Shonda Rhimes which got me out of a terrible listening slump!

    • I’ve heard really great things about Shonda Rhimes. I don’t know much about the other book. I’ll have to check it out. It is great when you find a book that pulls you out of a reading slump.

  9. Way to go on the challenge, Melanie! I love seeing all the books in your list and so many are ones I’ve loved or they are on my wish list.
    My favorite for both book and narrator together has been LC Chase’s Pick Up Men trilogy narrated by Dorian Bane.

    I’ve done way better than I planned because I’ve been offered several audio books for review that I didn’t expect. It’s been fun.

    I put the link to our monthly challenge update in the linky, but I do have a shelf at GoodReads dedicated to the challenge where the individual books can be seen. I can’t include a link here in the comments b/c it won’t let me,sorry.

    Good luck on the second half of the challenge everybody!

    • It is great when you can get books for review. Between that and the library, it keeps me from going broke. I could never afford to purchase all of these books. I’ll have to check out your list. I hope you have great luck with the second half of the year too. πŸ™‚

  10. I love your listens thus far. I am showing 20 listened to this year, but it doesn’t show the reviews scheduled, and I am at 26 actually listened to. Woot!

    • 26 is a great number. I just saw that is more than Stephen King read a year. πŸ™‚

  11. Hmm. My favorite listen so far this year are the two re-reads I’ve done of Kate Daniels 7 and 8. OMG. I love this series hard and I forgot how amazing the books in audio format. In fact, I’ve listened to 8 Andrews/Raudman books this year! haha.

    • Andrews/Raudman are a great team. They are on my top 10 every year.

    • I have a lot of time to listen. I wouldn’t feel bad about it at all. I can’t wait to see your list.

  12. Wow you listened to some great books. I really want to read The Dresden Files, I should try it out on audio and then maybe I’ll get to it. Happy Reading πŸ™‚

    • The Dresden Files are read by James Marsters. He played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He does a great job with Harry Dresden, but doesn’t use the British accent.

  13. I passed my goal of 15 books already. Since I was new to audiobooks I wasn’t sure how many I would get to this year. My Goodreads count of 20 is more accurate than my blog since I haven’t finished my reviews for some of the audiobooks. I love the list of books you’ve listened too. I started the Charley Davidson and Mercy Thompson series and now I’m hooked! These ladies are crazy and I plan to get caught up on their series. Thanks for hosting this challenge!! I’m finally getting to a lot of books on my TBR!

    • Lorelei King is a great narrator and really helps to bring Mercy and Charley to life (not that those stories weren’t good to just read, I just think they are better to listen). Audiobooks are a great way to put a dent into those TBR list. Mine would be more than twice as long if it weren’t for audios. Good luck on the giveaway and great job for already passing your goal. πŸ™‚

  14. *Winces* I’ve never actually read an audiobook? Well, that is if you count the weird little robot voice thing on my Kindle then YAS, I’ve “read” one. They’re just too dang experience for me.. But I KNOW it has to be so much easier to read and multi-task and stuff so one day when I have lots and lots and lots of money, I may go on an audiobook splurge. It’s awesome to hear that they’re getting more popular! πŸ™‚

    • Libraries are a great resource for audiobooks. I get a bunch of my books from the library still. Audible is the next best. A membership is $14.95 per month and it is a month to month subscription, so you can cancel at any time, plus they have a lot of deals too. Also, check out my post about Whispersync, it shows great ways to get audiobooks really cheap.

  15. Wow! Those are some great listens you did! I wish I could have listened to at least half of your list.

  16. LOL! I’m the awkward one here! I have never listened to an audio book ever! I think I cant manage it! πŸ™

  17. Wow… 50 books you’ve listened to already! That is awesome! I may have listened to 6! A looooong way behind!

    • I have a lot of time for listening. That really helps. I hope you’ve found some great audiobooks.

    • Thanks. I’ve been listening a lot. I’ve had some great books, which has made it easier.

  18. Love the News Flesh Trilogy by Mira Grant. Her Incryptid series is a hoot as well!

    • I plan to try more Mira Grant books. She has a fourth books coming out in Newsflesh series. It goes back to book one, but follows someone on the other side of the campaign. I’m excited to get it when it comes out. I think it will be this year

  19. So many great audiobooks on this list! I have been wanting to try the Jennifer Estep books and Anne Bishop books, but have yet to do so. I also listened to the first Darynda Jones’ book last year and have yet to get back to that one too–eventually I’ll get there: ) I recently listened to Fire Touched and enjoyed that one (can’t believe I finally caught up with the Mercy Thompson series).

    • Yay for being caught up on Mercy!! I can’t recommend the Anne Bishop books enough. I would call that my favorite series right now. I really loved Jennifer Estep’s two series too. I’m not a huge fan of YA, but I liked this YA series by her.

      • Anne Bishop’s books are available at my library and with that Sterling recommendation Melanie, I will definitely be looking to listen to those soon!

  20. Thanks for hosting the 2016 Audiobook Challenge!! I am having a blast with this challenge this year and so far have listened to 20 audiobooks.

    Looks like you’ve listened to quite a few good audiobooks this year. Happy listening!!

    • Twenty is a great number. I’ll have to go check out what you’ve listened to so far. Good luck on the contest. πŸ™‚

  21. So many pretty reads already this year! Hope your second half of the year is just as productive πŸ˜€

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I have a ton of ARCs to listen to right now. It has been fun.

  22. Interesting that audiobook sales are up and therefore more books into audio. Excellent! I loved Marked in Flesh too. Great series.

    • We have become a society of multitasking. Between that and the number of talented narrators making it a great market. πŸ™‚

  23. The Iron Druid series is on my list- sounds like I should definitely get the audiobook version! I’ve only listened to 15 so far this year, but that’s fully half of the books I’ve read this year.

    • You should try Iron Druid series on audio. Luke Daniels does an amazing job with it. 15 is a great number. I hope you found some great books to listen to.


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