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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Audio Book Challenge Complete!

Audio Book Challenge Here
I completed the 2010 Audio Book Challenge this week.
Here is my ranked list, based on the narration done by the reader. (The month I listened to this book.)

1.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, read by Dick Hill. (July)
2.  Fire by Kristin Cashore , read by Xanthe Elbrick . (April)
3.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore, read by David Baker and the full cast family. (April)
4.  The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, read by Ron Silver. (August)
5.  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, read by Jane Entwistle. (February)
6.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker, read by the author. (September)
7.  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming. (January)
8.  Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, read by Trini Alvarado. (September)
9.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux. (October)
10. The Sky if Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, read by Julia Whelan. (August)
11. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Hilary Neville. (February)
12. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, read by Caitlin Greer. (February)
13. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, read by Anne Flosnick and Michael Page. (March)
14. The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, read by Mark Deakins. (June)
15. The Maze Runner by James Dashner, read by Mark Deakins. (January)
16. Unwind by Neal Shusterman, read by Luke Daniels. (February)
17. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, read by Ari Graynor. (May)
18. The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt, read by Will Patton. (October)
19. Heist Society by Ally Carter, read by Angela Dawe. (June)
20. Wake by Lisa McMann, read by Ellen Grafton. (June)
21. Camilla by Madeline L'Engle, read by Ann Marie Lee. (June)
22. Numbers by Rachel Ward, read by Sarah Coomes. (July)

Just because a book is low on this list does not mean that I disliked the book, it just meant I didn't enjoy the recording as much as the books higher on the list.  In several cases I actually abandoned the audio book half way through because I wanted to "read" faster than the audio version would allow me. Huck Finn and The Color Purple really benefited from this format because they are written in vernacular.  In fact, I have recommended this format to several teachers who want to reread Huck Finn.

Enjoy listening.


  1. wow - that's quite a list! :"o how do you listen to audiobooks? While driving or ironing?

  2. Thank you for your answer! - That is a thing I allways wonder how people manage to sit still for such a long time.. ;")

  3. I'm going to have to try an audio book one of these days. The problems are that I'm not auditory(easily distracted), I don't drive far from work and I don't go on long road trips. You need to talk me into it!! :)


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