1st Quarter Update + Giveaway | 2015 Audiobook Challenge

Posted March 27, 2015 by Jennifer in Misc | | 74 Comments

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Sorry this time the giveaway is open to US participants only due to shipping cost.

Next time I host (3rd Quarter) it will be open to everyone.

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Winner will get to pick 4 audio books from my pile. These are audio CDs I’ve received for review and have been opened but they are all like new.

Titles to choose from:



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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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74 responses to “1st Quarter Update + Giveaway | 2015 Audiobook Challenge

  1. Definitely DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole! I read the first two in print ARCs so this was my first time listening to the audio and it was fantasmagoric…… 🙂

  2. Thanks for linking up for me! I was out of town without a computer. BUT long car rides are great for audio!! Thanks again.

  3. I’ve only listened to 11 audiobooks this year, which is shocking. Normally, I fly through them. But… this year I’ve got an impulse control problem. I’ve been raiding my local library on the regular since discovering they get new books about a week after they’re released; this knowledge has not served me well. Not only is it affecting my audiobook count, I’m trying to read everything at once (which has been about 3-6 books per trip). Thus, the amount of books I’ve actually finished reading – in any format – has steadily declined. Goal for April, practice restraint.

    However, the few audiobooks I have listened have been exceptional. My favorites so far have been R.C. Bray reading The Martian by Andy Weir, and Polly Lee reading The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

    • YAY for using your library. If you haven’t yet, you should sign up for the library challenge I’m co-hosting with Felicia (Geeky Blogger). See if your library has audio books. I’m lucky that mine has tons. But I’m working through my purchases and review requests first.

  4. You’re doing great! My goal is 75, but so far I’m on track for close to 100 🙂 Yay! Picking a favoirte is kind of impossible – I’m on an Elemental Assassin binge right now, so I’ll go with that.

  5. So while I only signed up with my GR shelf, I did an update and plan to do the rest of the updates 🙂 I listen on my super long commute, so I might even make it to the Marathoner mark.

  6. Laurie

    My favorite book I have listened to recently is “You” by Carolyn Kepnes.. OMG I loved the story but the narrator was perfection!

  7. I’ve listened to 9 out of my goal of 125 so far this year….. I’m a bit behind so far. This year hasn’t gotten off to a great start but I plan on catching up soon. The last audio book I listened to was actually one of the best ones I’ve listened to so far this year. It was Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent written by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman and was narrated by Fred Berman!

  8. This has officially brought me a new form of fun. I’m quite enjoying listening to books as well as reading them. Thanks for this challenge!

  9. Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison. Sophie Eastlake was amazing, as usual, but gave something extra special in her rendition of Grace and Khalil. Plus the story was simply awesome all by itself. Really one of the best of the entire series.

  10. I’ve been listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, so the narrator is the same for each book. So far I’ve enjoyed Quinn & Blay’s book the best. I love them together.

  11. Btw, my favorite audio so far was Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I thought it was very engaging and hilarious. I liked it so much that I picked up the sequel, also in audio.

  12. Lea

    I’ve only listened to 6 books so far, I’m listening to #7 right now. I’m listening to primarily non-fiction because it’s what I like and there aren’t rules. 🙂
    My favorite so far has been A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It is super long but full of awesome information.
    In the giveaway, I linked to my GR “audiobook challenge” shelf. I don’t have a book blog. Hope that works. Loving this challenge and the GR group. It’s been really fun. Thanks!

  13. I’m currently listening to Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder, narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck. Loving All of Snyder’s books on audio. Susan Ericksen (In Death Series) and Davina Porter (Outlander series) are both great narrators. Enjoyed K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths and have more of this series on my TBL(listened) list. One that was different for me was Tangled by Emma Chase. This one was romance in the Male POV.

  14. Jacqueline Onyon

    My favorite listen so far this quarter was Golden Son by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. Not only was the story fantastic, the narrator was perfect!

    • I keep hearing the series is great on audio. I grabbed book 1 in ebook format when it was $1.99. So I’ll read it to save money. LOL

      • It just threw me at first. I’m no prude but just some of the phrases the the main character used made me glad I listened to it alone in my car. LOL

  15. My fav was the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost read by Tavia Gilbert. Totally obsessed at the moment. It was absolutely wonderful. Going to probably be listened to over and over again.

  16. Krista

    My goal is 10-15 books and I am currently up to 6 books.
    Austenland by Shannon Hale
    The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su
    The Beautiful Ases by Jeaniene Frost
    Iced by Karen Maire Moning (re-listen)
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

  17. The book I enjoyed listening to the best was Pirate King by Laurie R. King, but the book I most enjoyed the narrator, David Brenin, was Look Again by Marliss Melton. Although I think I’ll have two new favorites for the next quarter b/c I’m liking the narrator of the Charley Davidson series and the narrator for the Outlander series.

    Just as a note- I linked to my GoodReads shelf instead of my blog challenges shelf b/c the blog challenge shelf only tracks the books I submitted for blog review which doesn’t reflect all the books that I’ve listened to. I did review each of those on the shelf. Here is the link to the blog challenge page if you need to see it as proof of challenge participation: http://delightedreader.com/sophia-roses-2015-reading-challenges/

    • Oh Lorelei King is the reason Charley Davidson is an audio only series for me. I don’t know if I would enjoy the books as much without her voice.

      You can link to whatever account you want Sophia. No problem!

    • Lorelei King is the reason that Charley Davidson is an audio only series for me. Her performance is the main reason I keep coming back to the series.

      You can link to any account. No problem.

  18. I have listened to some really good audiobooks this quarter. Like… AMAZING ones! I’m generally not an audiobook person but this challenge is quickly making me one! A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, These Broken Stars by Kauffman and Spooner, and This Shattered World by Kauffman and Spooner. Ugh. I just can’t get enough of them!!! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome challenge! Seriously! I’m loving it!

  19. I’ve only listened to two audiobooks so far, but I’m pretty new to the audiobook format, so I’m still getting used to it. My second listen was Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost and I absolutely loved it! I plan to listen to the rest of the series on audiobook. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and her accent for Bones is just perfect!

  20. I’m LOVING the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Johanna Parker brings the perfect amount of southern sass to Sookie, and is great at the many voices to help distinguish the characters. I don’t know if this series would be any better in my own head – in fact, I probably wouldn’t do it the same justice!

    • LOL being a southerner myself, Parker’s voice got on my nerves. I read the books and liked them. I did a reread through audios from the library. Not sure I would have liked them as much if I had listened first.

      • Oh funny! Yeah, not being from the south myself, it is “stereotypical” and just fun and sassy for me. It’s all personal preference…there are other narrators that people rave about that I’ve listened to samples and I’m just not all that interested. Thankfully, there are plenty of audiobooks for us all!

  21. My favorites have been the the Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island all narrated by Barabara Caruso. It’s both the books and the narrator. They’re just both so exquisite! 🙂

  22. I have a couple favorites but hands down my favorite comes from a favorite author/narrator combo that always does the trick and that is The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper..her and Amanda Ronconi are a dynamite duo! 🙂

  23. Wow, 27 audiobooks Jennifer! That’s amazing! You got some great titles on that list too. I definitely need to listed to that CD Reiss title (Jonathan Drazen sounds amazing!); and, of course, I can’t wait to get back to Dannika Dark’s Seven Series (next up for me is Four Days–great review)!

  24. Based on my ratings – a great series with an excellent narrator is my favorite so far this year:
    Audio Book Review: Betrayal in Death: In Death, Book 12 by J. D. Robb Crime Thriller; my rating 4.75.
    I love the series and Susan Erickson enhances the story for audio listening. I just read a novella in between Books 12 and 13 and I could hear Susan’s voices even in the read. She has helped shape the characters for me.
    Thanks for the challenge and the giveaway.

  25. My favorite thus far has been Elizabeth is Missing. The narrator did such a great job with the voices and emotions, making it flow naturally and to the point where it felt less like a narrative and more like a friend talking to me.

  26. My favorites so far Flowers from the Storm by Lauren Kinsale and Rebel Queen, those were the kinds of books that left me with book hangover.

  27. So far the best audiobook I listened to was Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey. First… Lauren Fortgang is AMAZING and she works her magic once again with the Kowalski family. Second… the story is utterly fabulous. Happy, but packed full of emotions. Laugh out loud humor and fun. I’ve since recommended this book and series to 3 people this week alone!

  28. I have discovered Luke Daniels. Good Heavens, but he is a good narrator. I need to find more stuff by him.

    I binge-listened to the Record series by K.A. Linde. Such a captivating (and sometimes frustrating) series! And, Natalie Ross was awesome. I’ve listened to other things narrated by her that I didn’t like nearly as much as I did this series.

  29. LOL, that’s actually going to be easy, Jennifer, as I’ve only listened to a single audiobook so far this year. I’m currently listening to one that I enjoy more, though, so I’m going with Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane, narrated by Bahni Turpin who is the best narrator I’ve had the pleasure to listen to so far.
    Have a fantastic Friday, and a wonderful weekend.

    • Oh my goodness, Lexxie – I’ve listened to every single book in the Downside Ghosts series, and seriously, Bahni Turpin is INCREDIBLE. One of the best I’ve ever heard. And that series is just so complex and twisted and angsty. GAH – I love it so much! I hope you continue with the other books. They get better and better.

  30. I have a tie between The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), narrated by Robert Glenister and The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R. C. Bray. The three of them were excellent books with perfect narrations.