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Now that I am firmly part of TEAM AUDIOBOOK and an avid listener, I signed up for the annual Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. My personal goal is to meet the My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) level 30-50 audiobooks during 2015. For more information about the 2015 Audiobook Challenge, click the image below.
Audiobook Challenge Fourth Quarter Update
It’s time to wrap up a wonderful year of listening to #audiobooks! Although the year isn’t quite over (I *should* be able to get in one or two more books before December 31st), I am happy to report that I completed my personal goal of listening to 50 audiobooks this year. I actually surpassed my goal of meeting the My Precious Level. Here is a list of the audiobooks I completed so far this quarter:
Book 40: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (9/29)
Book 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)
My favorite story that I listened to during the fourth quarter of 2015 is The Martian by Andy Weir; hands down – no contest. After hearing so much hype, I thought for sure it would be a let down. But I am here to tell you that the book will be in my top reads/listens of 2015! The Martian in audiobook format is near perfection when it comes to storytelling and narration. Additionally, I continued my love affair with the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I adored Death Masks (book #5) most of all, giving it an A. I like that we got to see a more human and emotional Dresden than in prior stories.
My favorite narrative performance this quarter is R.C. Bray in The Martian. He nailed the the performance, and absolutely made this story come to life. His voice embodied the passion, frustrations, and humor that defined the protagonist, Mark Watney. Honorable mention goes to James Marsters in The Dresden Files. Listeners enjoy a deep, rich, soothing voice that embodies all that is Dresden, creating the illusion of actually being inside Dresden’s mind as he works his way through his cases and life. His performance alone is worth listening to over and over.
What about you – how are you doing in the Audiobook Challenge? Do you like to listen? What are your favorites of 2015?