2019 Audiobook Challenge Sign-up

December 15th, 2018 Kimberly Event 110 Comments

15th Dec


Join Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 7th year of audiobook fun. Whether you are new to audiobooks or a junkie like me, I hope you join us for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge.

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • 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. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.

Achievement Levels

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 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+

Grab the Button

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110 Responses to “2019 Audiobook Challenge Sign-up”

  1. Nickimags

    I love audiobooks so I’m more than happy to sign up for this challenge again this year. Hopefully I’ll remember to do the update posts this year.

    • Kimberly

      We do two update posts and send out an email reminder to help you. *winks* I am terrible at updated with the host too.

  2. Magda

    It’s my first attempt – I have been listening grossly 12 audiobooks per year – will definitely try to triple it in 2019 – maby get the marathoner ?

  3. Bee @ Little Bee's Reads

    This is my first time participating. I am looking forward to it! I have a massive Audiobook TBR pile and need to start finishing ones I have started, and clearing out the others! Last year I was pregnant and just couldn’t for the life of me read or listen. With my little one now here, I am looking to get back into my reviews and reading/listening! Look forward to the challenge!

    • Kimberly

      I totally get that. I lowered my Goodreads # even though I easily met last years. I want to chill as I read and listen.

    • Kimberly

      There should be linky signup above. You can link it to a blog post, Goodreads shelf for Audiobook Challenge or wherever you want to keep track.

  4. Kara Nelson

    Is that number of books, or number of hours listened? Some of my books are 30-40 hours and some are 5 ??

  5. Lola

    I just recently got into audiobooks and then I saw this challenge and figured that would be a good one to join for 2019. I set my goal for Stenographer 10-15 and hope to read at least 12 audiobooks in 2019.

  6. Stefanie

    I may join in again. I need to think about it for now as I still have presents to wrap and even which book am I going to read the first of the year along with Shelia.

  7. Vi @Inkvotary

    Hi Kimberly,
    I am thinking about doing this challenge next year for the very first time. But not sure if audiobooks I bought in 2018 or before do count too? I canceled my audible abo but have many I haven´t heard yet.

    Best wishes and thanks for your answer & Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Vi @Inkvotary

    • Kimberly

      It doesn’t matter how or when you acquired audiobooks. TBR, new, library, ARC, CD, MP3 all are welcome. As long as you listen in 2019.

  8. Lindsi

    I’m always listening to audiobooks, so this is perfect for me! I wish I’d known about it this year, but I’m so pumped to be participating in 2019. I’ll get my initial post up soon and then I’ll add myself to the list. I’m looking forward to listening with everyone! 🙂

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  9. sherry fundin

    I’m going to flag your email and think on this. I have some audiobooks I want to listen to and this may motivate me. I do fine with Kindle and physical books, but tend to forget the audio.

  10. Daniela Ark

    This is surely the only challenge I should do next year sine all I’m doing now is audio LOL 🙂 Thank you for hosting it Kim!

    • Kimberly

      That is awesome about audiobooks, but i like to have one audio and one book going at the same time (different genres)

  11. Jennifer

    I’ve done well over 100 audiobooks in a year in the past but with job change, my listening time is down. So I’m cutting my goals again in 2019. I think I will shoot for 25 in 2019 since I will be focusing on tackling my print and ebook TBRs in 2019.

    • Kimberly

      Hey Lorna, Yes go to Goodreads. In your books create a bookshelf like 2019 Audio. Then link that to the linky. Be sure it is public or that you are at least friends with me. You can declare your intentions on social media and spread the word if you want.

  12. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I listen to audio books so much since I have an hour commute each way back and forth to work. I’d go insane if I didn’t have them to entertain me. I rarely join challenges, but I’m going to join this one! Thanks for hosting, Kimberly! 🙂

  13. Jorie

    Hallo, Hallo –

    I’ve been wanting to attempt this challenge for the last two years and I think finally I can! 🙂 I’ve been a bit particular which challenges I wanted to do in 2019 – as I have some rather distinct goals for myself. However, one of them is to listen / consume more audiobooks – therefore I can’t wait to get started! I’m doing this challenge a bit differently – as I am hoping to listen to 30 audiobooks *over and beyond* the grand total I listen to in 2019 as I do review audiobooks during the year. I wanted to challenge myself to listen to more audios than I regularly might and see where the year takes me!

  14. Tari Hann

    I was just thinking about this challenge when I was signing up for reading challenges yesterday. I didn’t do very well last year but I came within my Newbie status lol.. I’ll just do it again and hope to do better!

  15. Pamela Rhea Davis

    Is there a way in Goodreads to import my books purchased on Audible or to connect the two accounts? I was able to easily do this with my Amazon books, so I’m thinking there has to be a way but I can’t figure it out!

  16. FHC

    Blog Posted and signed up – just wondering if I add my 2019 listens to my current challenge list [linked to this comment by commenter] at the goodreads group site. or will there be a new signup there as well ? thx

    • Kimberly

      You can get up to 2 credits a month, and buy all the additional audios you want. There is also the library, which allows you to borrow audiobooks. Then sites like Tantor, HarperAudio, etc have sales. If you are part of KU you can listen to audiobooks and if you get the Audible Romance pkg you can listen to 10 audiobooks at a time Hope this helps you discover more audiobooks Laurie..

      • Tari Hann

        Wow I didn’t know you could listen to audiobooks if you’re in KU. I did drop my Audible membership, but I have lots of books yet to listen to. I’ve been getting them from my library and also Hoopla has tons of them!

      • Jorie

        I agree – I used to have an Audible script and then I added the Romance package to it – at a lesser rate (as they give you a discount) – I felt that was the best way to approach it really as I was surprised by how man audios in the Rom pkg aren’t necessarily strictly Romance!! They have a lot of cross-genres – from Crime to Historicals to Contemporarys or YA – yes, they have a romantic connection in some fashion but I loved the diversity of choices!

        I gave both scripts up this year as it was outside my budget to keep them; tried Scribd for awhile and want to re-subscribe as for the price and the amount of audiobooks you can listen to – is incredible! Ideally, I eventually want to have Scribd & Audible 3x scripts as you’d get the best of everything that way as sometimes audiobooks are strictly Audible releases.

        Secondly, I agree with using public libraries!! I have three library cards and I can listen to audiobooks through them. Sadly my region doesn’t believe in Hoopla so I can’t use those but between the libraries & Scribd it works out rather well! Even if you just use your library though – I also ILL (interlibrary loan) audiobooks on CD and/or borrow them directly locally.

        There are ways to listen without spending a lot or feeling as if your budget will break to hear audiobooks. I also review audiobooks whilst hosting blog tours for Audiobookworm Promotions – which is another option, not just for review tours but she hosts an adopted audiobook programme for reviewers.

        • FHC

          Thanks for the tips,Jorie ! another review option is Audio Book Boom sending out options every Tuesday. Wondering if your library uses Overdrive or Recorded Books? Ours changed to these for cost saving vs hoopla [ a total hoopla fan!] but I do appreciate the new options for offering variable speed options . And..
          Anyone interested in classics has the free librivox selection.
          HapPy listening !

          • Jorie

            Hallo, Hallo –

            I was just on your blog commenting about this challenge!! 🙂 Small world, eh? I should have mentioned which ones my libraries use – that was an oversight as other places I’ve been mentioning it all along! They use OverDrive which for me is brilliant as I love the OverDrive app but I don’t use the Libby app as that one is stress inducing!

            I am also a bit unusual I suppose, as I never change the speed on audiobooks? I listen to them just as they are — I also either knit or colour (adult colouring books) whilst I’m listening to the stories as it helps me alight inside those worlds the best. I’ll be blogging more about those adventures in 2019 as I failed to mention them too much in 2018!

            I hadn’t heard about Audio Book Boom – checking into that now, thanks!

            I should have mentioned, there are some LibriVox selections on Scribd – as well as the fact on Scribd its unlimited audiobooks per month to listen too. The only bit there is that sometimes a new release is held back til your next billing cycle. I can send you a trial for Scribd if you were new to it or were curious? You get to sample it for two months?

            I also liked the theatrical plays on Scribd in audiobook format – I can’t recall who put them together but I saved a lot of them to listen too!! I had forgotten to mention Librivox as well, so that’s good that you did! 🙂

      • FHC

        more audios for review available at Audio Book Boom every tuesday …
        my public library offers audios via Overdrive and Recorded Books.
        Christian Audio offers 1 free audio / month
        Librivox has a large collection of classics on audio at no charge
        Enjoy exploring. You’ll probably come up with others to inform us 🙂