This challenge was given in early January by “Caffeinated Reviewer” and “Hot Listens.” My blogging friend, Carla, at “Carla Loves to Read” accepted the challenge, deciding to read 50 audiobooks in the year 2019. Not to be outdone, I signed on for 30 audiobooks.

This weekend I completed book #10, and have come to the conclusion that this is a good stopping place for me. I do not know if audiobooks, in general, are just not a good “fit”, or if I lack the focus to listen and not be distracted by all the things I could be doing, but I’m calling a halt to my listening.

Here are the books I listened to:

  1.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry  This actually was a successful completion of the book after three false starts, and one I probably would never have finished if I had not listened rather than read.
  2. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King  This book was a good one to listen to, and I could do housework, etc. while listening.
  3. For One More Day by Mitch Albom  Albom’s books tend to be so short that it doesn’t matter whether one reads them or listens to the audio version.
  4. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger  My Better Half and I both listened to this one and enjoyed it immensely. I can hardly wait to read the sequel.
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  This was another I had tried to read unsuccessfully, but completed thanks to the dramatic narration of the audiobook.
  6. The Music Shop  This was a delight that was as easy to listen to as it would have been to read.
  7. Cambridge by Susanna Keyson  I doubt I would have finished this novel had I been reading it, but I was able to listen to the end and was satisfied with the ending.
  8. The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks  I listened to this one after deciding to get into reading “Books about Books,” and its length probably would have prevented my sticking with the printed version; however, listening was a very pleasant experience.
  9. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (pronounced Yah Jesse) This book which traced 300 years in Ghana’s history through characters from several generations was an excellent listening experience.  the “exquisite language” kept me eager to listen several times a day, often making it hard to take a break.
  10. Finders Keepers, the sequel to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King rounded out an even ten audiobooks.

I think this is an excellent place to drop the challenge and to finish up some of the many books I have started (or at least looked at) and to clear some space on my TBR shelf.

Signing off on The 2019 Audiobooks Challenge


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. That was a great foray into audiobooks. I find sometimes I can’t finish reading a book and listen instead and I have also started to listen to a book and switched because I couldn’t get into the narration. i will have to see if I can get the audio of Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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