Welcome to AAR’s first audiobook listening challenge. For a complete description of the Listening Challenge, please visit the January 11, Speaking of Audiobooks column.
Choose your level of involvement
Level One The I’m Going to Give It a Try Level – Choose 6 of the following 14 categories
Level Two The This Could Be Fun Level – Choose 9 of the following 14 categories
Level Three The I Take Challenges Seriously Level – Choose 12 of the following 14 categories
The Categories All categories refer to romance audiobooks or those containing a romance thread
1. Pick an audiobook that received a DIK grade at AAR in print format.
- You can find those DIK books through our Power Search.
2. Tempt yourself to find a series that grabs hold and won’t let go by listening to the first in a series.
- For series suggestions, take a look at our Romance Audio Bests by Author column.
3. Listen to another listener’s romance favorite.
- You can find many of our listeners’ favorites in our Favorites and Romance Audio Bests by Author columns. We’re also running a thread over at our Romance Audiobook Message Board at AAR to assist you in choosing.
4. Listen to a book recommended in a previous Speaking of Audiobooks column (and following discussion).
- All columns and following discussions include a significant number of recommendations but two columns stand out – Favorites and Romance Audio Bests by Author
5. Listen to a new-to-you author.
- We are targeting romance authors or those authors who include a romantic thread throughout the series such as Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.
6. Listen to a romance sub-genre you usually avoid.
- Do you find yourself listening to the same type of book? Challenge your tired old preferences and discover a whole new world.
7. Listen to a romance book released in 2011.
- Watch our monthly new release columns for suggestions.
8. Listen to an abridged audiobook.
- Abridged doesn’t have to mean cut up with favorite passages missing.
9. Listen to an audiobook that has been languishing in your to-be-listened (TBL) pile
- Whether your TBL pile consists on CDs on your shelf, downloads on your MP3 player, or a book you have on your library list – just do it.
10. Relisten to a favorite book
- Relistening to favorites is not only an affordable audio option, it is also a great way to while away the time.
11. Give a less-than-favorite narrator a second chance
- So you weren’t impressed with that narrator and others are still praising her? Give her another try.
12. Share in your listening – listen to a book someone else chooses for you
- Ask for suggestions in any Speaking of Audiobooks column or check the thread we have going over at our Romance Audiobook Message Board at AAR.
13. Borrow a book from a friend or your library
- Discover a more affordable way to listen. For details on borrowing from a library see our Buy, Rent, or Borrow? column.
14. Listen to a new-to-you narrator
- Find narrator recommendations in just about any column or take a look at the Our Favorite Narrators or Male Narrators columns.
Have fun and come share your progress with us at our twice monthly Speaking of Audiobooks column or at our Romance Audiobook message board.
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