Five Audiobooks I Hope to Finish in 2019

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I'll be the first to admit that I have a TERRIBLE time focusing on audiobooks. They're right up there with films. Can I read a 900 page book in a few days? Hell, yeah. Can I binge-watch an entire season in a week? Absolutely. Can I focus on audiobooks? Not so much.

Still, I'd like to think anything is possible. Which is why I decided to set a goal for myself: listen to a few audiobooks. The likelihood of me doing so is pretty slim--a couple of these, I started listening to in the spring of 2018 and still haven't finished them. Basically, I'm the absolute worst. I'm looking to rectify that.

It's not even that I hate audiobooks. I don't. I enjoyed the Harry Potter ones that were narrated by Jim Dale. I think what made me enjoy Harry Potter in audio form was because I already was familiar with the story and its characters. I mean, aren't we all? Most of us at least know the characters names from HP, if we haven't read the books or seen the films.

What's always struck me as weird about my inability to focus on audiobooks is that I like listening to old radio plays A LOT and I basically lived for story time in my childhood. None of it makes sense! Oh, I'm not here to rationalize it, it just does (to an extent) bother me that I can't stick with one for very long 98% of the time.

So! Here we are. I'm setting up a goal of five audiobooks for 2019. Two new-to-me books, and three I have already read in the past.

Let's dive in!

*means I've already read physical copies of the novel in question

Narrated by Gabe Wicks
Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she's insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband's death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta's cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves.

HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather 
Narrated by Adriana Mather 

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials, and almost immediately she becomes the enemy of a group of girls that call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren't enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hung. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem, but as Sam and her frenemies soon find, history may be about to repeat itself.

RED RISING by Pierce Brown 
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds 

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

Darrow - and Reds like him - are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies...even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

BLUE BLOODS by Melissa de la Cruz*
Narrated by Christina Moore

Schuyler is an outcast at her prestigious private high school filled with fashionable upper-class socialites. But this off-limits world opens up to her when Schuyler turns 15 and discovers that her peers, like her, are budding vampires. Then vampires start getting killed, and Schuyler realizes something else - they are being hunted.

Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda 

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever.
Do you like audiobooks? 
What are some of your favourites?

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