Welcome to the Lovely Audiobooks audiobook challenge 2024! 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 and genres.
Twenty-five prompts will introduce you to all aspects of the audiobook world!
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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 or GoodReads challenge, this audiobook challenge isn’t only about numbers!
The prompts cover different narration styles and forms of audiobooks, as well as many book genres, to help you explore the many facets 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 (e.g., a Thriller read by a new-to-you narrator who has a British accent would cover three prompts).
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 as little as a month! It’s a fantastic way to get rid of a reading slump and mix up your listening habits.
What if I’m only getting started with Audiobooks?
Excellent, good plan! The audiobook challenge will help you to find out which genres and narration styles you like best.
You might also want to check out my beginner’s guide How to Listen to Audiobooks!
How to keep this Challenge affordable
Audiobooks are expensive, but there are many ways to make them more affordable. The best way to do this is with a library card that gives you access to Hoopla, Libby, or another digital library app that lets you borrow audiobooks.
But not everyone has access to a library, or maybe 5 – 10 borrows in Hoopla are too little for you. Fortunately, there are alternatives!
You can borrow an unlimited number of audiobooks with a Kindle Unlimited or Audible subscription.
I also recommend Everand, an audiobook subscription that was previously known as Scribd. For a flat monthly fee, you can listen to a lot of books here.
Grab the audiobook challenge prompts as a printable so you can easily mark which ones you’ve already done! You can also note down the title of the book you listened to on each line.
Audiobook Challenge 2024 Prompts
Explore different audiobook productions and narration styles and find your favorite!
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 reading a whole chapter.
3 Duet narration: A book narrated by two people who each read the same characters in every chapter.
4 Full-Cast / Multi-Cast or Radio Play: A book with at least three narrators voicing different characters.
5 A new-to-you Narrator
6 A book narrated by the Author themself
7 A famous Narrator: Pick a book narrated by an actor or someone who is famous for something other than audiobooks.
9 Narration with an Accent different from Yours
10 Audiobook-only or audiobook-first: A book that’s only available as audiobook or was first released in the audio version. Audible Originals are a good place to find something for this prompt!
11 An Audiobook Podcast: This could be a narrated, scripted, or story podcast, or you can choose a podcast about audiobooks.
12 Women’s or Literary Fiction
13 Science Fiction
15 Urban / Paranormal Fantasy
16 Thriller or Mystery
17 High Fantasy
18 Historical Fiction
19 Middle Grade
20 A short story audiobook
22 A Classic
24 A Memoir or Biography
25 LGBTQ+ Fiction
For inspiration on which books to listen to, check out these lists:
Have fun and happy listening! 💕
Eline Blackman (pronouns: she/they) fell in love with books as a child – with being read to and reading herself. 10 years ago, she bought her first Audible book. It was love at first listen! An average of 250 audiobooks per year has become the new normal and you will rarely see Eline without a wireless earbud. Romance and Fantasy are the go-to genres for this audiobook fan.