Friday, October 1, 2010

Audio Book Challenge - Completed!

(Now being hosted by Queen of Happy Endings)

I completed the audio book challenge in September.   I can't believe I've listened to 20 audio books this year.  That seems like a ton!  Most of the time I have a couple audio books from the library and I'm able to complete one audio book and immediately start the next one.  However every once in awhile I'll finish one and my holds won't have arrived yet and I start freaking out.  What do I do?!   Well, duh, what I used to do before I started listening to audio books, listen to cd's.  But here's what I found out, I don't want to listen to music in the car anymore.  I want to listen to an audio book. I get so much more enjoyment from audio books rather than music. Call me crazy, but it's the truth.  Hello.  My name is Kris and I'm an audio book addict.  Please, no help yet, I'm enjoying this way too much to join a 12 step program for it.  Oh wait..that's right..there is no 12 step program, us audio book junkies disbanded that because there is now way this is an addiction.  Right?  Right.  I thought so.

I've found that I enjoy some books over others in audio book format.  There are some books that are sooo good I want to own the book as well.  There are some audio books I feel are best read and not listened to.  There are some audio books I feel I would have given up on had I read them, but ended up enjoying them over-all because I listened to them.

I have found that while I prefer to listen to books that I already own in print form because it makes me feel like I'm getting through my TBR stacks faster, I also use audio books as a way to "read" some chunksters I wouldn't normally take the time to read.   On a couple of occasions, I even used it for buddy reads instead of buying books (something Husband would be happy about if I bothered to tell him...which I won't because then he would expect me to do it for all future buddy reads and never buy a book again and that's just not gonna happen).

Here's the list of audio books I read for this challenge (in chronological order of when I listened to them):
(you can also see the list and all reviews by clicking HERE)

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
Blood Brother's by Nora Roberts
Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella
Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Fearless Fourteen by  Janet Evanovich
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown
The Hollow by Nora Roberts
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich


bermudaonion said...


Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) said...

Congrats! Sadly, I don't really listen to audiobooks, except for long car trips which are rare these days.

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

YAY Kris....feel good to have one more completed doesn't it?

Kris said...

Thanks Bermudaonion!

Anna - I'm able to listen to almost 1.5 hours a day (my commute to/from work every day). That's the only perk of not working at the same company with the husband. haha

Bibliphile - It does feel good!

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Well done on completing the challenge and I loved your wrap up post. I agree with you, I find some genres better than others. I can't listen to fantasy but I love YA and I've also listened to a few chunksters. Glad you enjoyed this challenge.

Just Mom said...

Congratulations! Doesn't it feel good to finish a challenge?! (Just assuming good - I can hardly remember how it feels beause I have been such a slacker this year!)

Kris said...

Alaine - Thanks! I found that I didn't like fantasy as much via audio either. I wonder why that is?

Just Mom - haha - it does feel good! Maybe you'll get some completed still you have a couple of months after all.

Literary Feline said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge, Kris! I am hoping to find time to try out another audio book now that I have a nook. Audio books and I don't do too well together but I'm determined to find a venue where I can make it work!

Kris said...

Literary Feline - Thanks! and good luck on your search with audio books.