Many thanks to Alaine at Royal Reviews for hosting the 2010 Audio Book Challenge!
I joined at the “Addicted” level, committing to listen to 12 audiobooks in 2010. The next level up was “Obsessed” at 20 audiobooks. I came close to that (with reviews of Room, Matterhorn, and Earth pending), but met my “Addicted” level with the following:
- The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
- A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
- Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson
- Selected Shorts: American Classics by Symphony Space
- Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
- A Long Stone’s Throw by Alphie McCourt
- The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
- What the Dog Sawby Malcolm Gladwell
- Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- The Time Traveler’s Wifeby Audrey Niffenegger
- Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
- Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
- The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
While I still tend to download CDs (my own, or borrowed from the library) to iTunes, then my iPod, I did try some other formats this year. I enjoyed Matterhorn on ”Playaway” (borrowed from the library), and listened to a few books and short stories via MP3 download direct to iTunes.
If you listen to audiobooks, be sure to check out the Audiobook Jukebox site maintained by @BethFishReads and @Audiobook DJ. This site has reviews cross-referenced by title, author, narrator, genre, etc.; a great resource!
I’ve also subscribed to AudioFile magazine, so I can browse the latest audiobook reviews and offerings (a print subscription includes access to the online archives, very nice for ease of searching).
Although I don’t plan to join an audiobook challenge in 2011, I do plan to continue to listen to audiobooks - they’re a super motivator to keep me on the treadmill or folding laundry (and other ‘mindless’ housework).
I think I listen to one audiobook for every three print editions I read … what’s your ratio?