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Listen Up! A Year in Review – 2015

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A Year of Listening!

Here we are on the last day of 2015, and I’m celebrating one year of Listen Up! and audiobooks! I’ve really enjoyed my weekly check-ins, reviews, guest posts, and all things audiobooks. I listened to 52 audiobooks during 2015, ranging from new releases and old favorites, spanning contemporary romance, urban fantasy, young adult, new adult, paranormal romance, and science fiction. I’ve listened to new-to-me authors and “re-read” some of my favorite titles. I find that I can’t enjoy a solo walk or car ride without my audiobooks! Without further ado… here is my year in review:

The MartianTotal Books listened to: 52
Total Books receiving an A or better: 9
Favorite Audiobook overall: The Martian by Andy Weir & Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Favorite Story in Audiobook format: The Martian by Andy Weir
Favorite Narrator: Lorelei King (Mercy Thompson books) & James Marsters (Dresden Files)
Honorable Mention: Lauren Fortgang (Kowalski Family series)
Best Narrated Series: Dresden Files, narrated by James Marsters
Favorite overall Series: Kowalski Family series
Favorite “reread”: London Bound by Jessica Jarman
Most promising start to a new series: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Breakdown of all books:

Book 01. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee Raudman (1/3)
Book 02. The Death Cure by James Dashner, Narrated by Mark Deakins (1/7)
Book 03: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski, Narrated by Emily Eiden (1/10)
Book 04: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/13)
Book 05: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/16)
Book 06: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/26)
Book 07: Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski, Narrated by Emily Eiden (1/29)
Book 08: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (2/2)
Book 09: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (2/4)
Book 10: Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (2/12)
Book 11: Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop, Narrated by Alexandra Harris (3/2)
Book 12: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, Narrated by Holter Graham (3/9)
Book 13: The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin, Narrated by Johanna Parker (3/18)
Book 14: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (3/19)
Book 15: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy, Narrated by Cris Dukehart (3/31)
Book 16: All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Renee Werbowski (4/3)
Book 17: All Her Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (4/7)

Taken from http://www.loreleiking.com

Taken from http://www.loreleiking.com

Book 18: All Her Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (4/9)
Book 19: Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (4/14)
Book 20: Taken with You by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (4/17)
Book 21: Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (4/21)
Book 22: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, Narrated by Coleen Marlo (4/24)
Book 23: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (5/5)
Book 24: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (5/10)
Book 25: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (5/20)
Book 26: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King (5/26)
Book 27: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (6/2)
Book 28: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, Narrated by Lorelei King (6/14)
Book 29: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (6/21)
Book 30: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (6/27)
Book 31: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (7/16)
Book 32: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (7/25)
Book 33: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (7/31)
Book 34: Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (8/6)
Book 35: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (8/12)
Book 36: Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (8/20)
Book 37: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (8/28)
Book 38: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (9/10)
Book 39: Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, Narrated by Alexander Cendese and Lorelei King (9/21)
Book 40: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (9/29)
Yours to KeepBook 41: The Martian by Andy Weir, Narrated by R.C. Bray (10/7)
Book 42: Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King (10/10)
Book 43: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (10/19)
Book 44: Death Masks by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (10/27)
Book 45: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (11/5)
Book 46: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep, Narrated by Brittany Presley (11/16)
Book 47: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep, Narrated by Brittany Presley (11/23)
Book 48: Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis, Narrated by Karen White (11/27)
Book 49: Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (12/8)
Book 50: London Bound by Jessica Jarman, Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov (12/12)
Book 51: Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green, Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov (12/16)
Book 52: The Deal by Elle Kennedy, Narrated by Lorelei Avalon (12/22)

For a complete look at my audiobook reviews posted to date, check my Listen Up! posts or my GoodReads shelf.

Thanks for a great 2015 and here’s to a wonderful 2016! Happy New Year!

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  • Great list of book. You’re two ahead of me on The Dresden Files. I do love Lorelei King and James Marsters. I completely forgot to include him on my list of Top 10 narrators since I haven’t reviewed any of the The Dresden File books. Here’s to a great listening year in 2016. Happy listening!

    • I didn’t review most of the books, yet. I’m way ahead of my listening than reviewing! haha. But I listen for fun and enjoyment, and eventually, all the reviews will get posted. But those two narrators are my favorites by far!

  • stormi34

    You did great! Nice list! 🙂 I have listened to a few of those and some I have read. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m already planning my 2016 list!

  • Smut Matters

    This is a great list! I’m working my way through the Kate Daniels series right now, and Renee Raudman is a great narrator. But overall, I agree with you about James Marsters. He’s my favorite; I’m such a fangirl. 🙂

    • I listened to the Kate Daniels series in 2014 and loved it! Renee Raudman is fabulous!!

  • Great list 🙂

  • Mary

    I loved the audiobook version of The Martian – fantastic!

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