Welcome to the Lovely Audiobooks audiobook challenge! This reading challenge is for every interested listener, whether you’re new to audiobooks or listen every day.
The challenge is very flexible and you can play it however you like. So no matter your listening habits, if you think it’d be fun to explore the world of audiobooks, go for it! The goal is to shake up your usual listening habits and to show you all the different flavors of audiobooks, like different narration styles. That’s why – unlike the Audible challenge – there are 30 specific prompts that introduce you to all aspects of audiobooks.
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What is the Audiobook Challenge?
The point of a reading challenge is first and foremost fun, but also to read a bit differently than you usually do. Unlike the Audible challenge, this audiobook challenge isn’t only about a number! The challenge prompts cover different narration styles and forms of audiobooks, as well as many book genres, to help you explore the world of audiobooks.
What can you do with the prompts?
If you want to start listening to audiobooks or have the reading goal to listen more, you can use the prompts as an inspiration to pick audiobooks. You can also combine prompts and work your way through the list like that.
What if I already listen to a lot of audiobooks?
Perfect! Then you can do the challenge like a marathon and go through the entire list of prompts in one go, maybe even in 30 days! It’s a fantastic way to get rid of a reading slump and mix up your listening habits.
Grab the audiobook challenge prompts as a printable PDF so you can easily mark which ones you’ve already done!
Not everyone loves prompt research. So, if you’d like to do the audiobook challenge but don’t feel like searching for fitting books, you can use my suggestions. However, I’m a Romance reader, so my recommended books are usually… just that 😉 You can also take a look at my audiobook marathon diary where I listed all the Audible books I listened to in January 2020: 30 audiobooks in 30 days!
To keep the challenge affordable, most of my suggestions are included in an unlimited audiobook subscription. Grab a free test month for Kindle Unlimited**, Audible Plus**, and Scribd if you don’t have a subscription yet!
Related article: The Guide to Affordable Audiobook Binge-Listening
Audiobook Challenge 2020 Prompts
Level 1: The World of Audiobooks
1 One narrator: Pick a book narrated by only one person
2 Dual narration: Pick a book narrated by two people who each take turns narrating a whole chapter
3 Duet narration: Pick a book narrated by two people who each narrate the same characters in every chapter
4 Full-Cast / Multi-Cast or Radio Play: Pick a book with at least 3 narrators voicing different characters
5 A new-to-you Narrator
6 A book narrated by the Author
7 A famous Narrator: Pick a book narrated by an actor or someone who is famous for something other than audiobooks
8 Audiobook-only or audiobook-first: Pick a book that’s only available as audiobook or was first released as audiobook
9 A singing Narrator: Pick a book with a narrator who doesn’t only read but also sings in the recording
10 A narrated Podcast: Listen to a narrated podcast or story podcast
11 Narration with a British accent
12 Narration with an accent different from yours
13 A book with more than 1,000 Audible.com ratings
14 Own Voices Author and Narrator: Pick an #ownvoices production
Level 2: Kick that Reading Slump!
15 Short Story audiobook
16 Cozy Mystery
19 Urban/Paranormal Fantasy
20 Women’s/Literary Fiction
21 Historical Fiction
23 Lesfic, Trans, Nonbinary, or asexual Main Character
24 Something smuttier than your usual choices
25 High Fantasy
26 Science Fiction or Dystopian
27 Middle Grade
29 A Classic
30 A book with less than 60 Audible.com ratings (Extra karma points if the audiobook is older than a year and you leave a review afterward!)
Have fun! 💕
The info in this post is also part of my web story on why audiobooks are awesome!