Books have been a huge part of my life since I was very young and I wanted to instill that love in my kids. So I bought them books every chance I got, starting with baby books and progressing to the adult books they read today. Our family currently has a home library in excess of 14,000 books (not including what's on both of my Kindles). However, reading out loud to them killed my throat. Until the day I had a lightbulb moment. Audiobooks! And a tradition was born. Every evening we listened to 1 disk of an audiobook. Once everyone was in school I changed it to a disk on school nights, so we would listen Sun-Thurs with weekends off. We would get slack in the summer, but we didn't stop listening completely. More than 12 years have gone by and we are still listening. We started with A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and are currently listening to The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. With my daughter graduating this year the fate of the audiobook is up in the air. Will the boys continue on? Or stop in favor of reading their own books in that time slot? I guess it depends on if we find a series we enjoy. We're almost caught up to the newest Dresden book, so I'm not sure what we'll pick up next. Will we finish the Benny Imura series by Jonathon Mayberry? Or maybe the Study series by Maria V. Snyder? I'm sure they'll want to finish The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan now that it's complete and perhaps we'll give The Lord of the Rings another try with a different narrator. Only time will tell.
We had fun sitting down and trying to list all the books we've covered over the years. Between us we managed to get nearly all of them and I discovered a few forgotten ones when I looked through some Goodreads lists. I'm pretty sure the following list is fairly well complete. Not too shabby considering I never kept track of our books until 2011 and there's no way to go back and see what I got from the library. I only bought a few series on CD and a couple from Audible.
Total ~ 128 books
Complete series ~ 15
Incomplete series ~ 11
Series, multiple listens ~ 3 ~ Harry Potter (6x), Artemis Fowl (4x), Children of the Red King (3x)
If you count the multiple listens then we would have a total of 203 books.
Favorite narrator: Tie: Nathaniel Parker (Artemis Fowl) & James Marsters (Dresden Files)
Close second: Jim Dale (Harry Potter)
Except for the first and last books/series, these are in no particular order.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (13 books)
Harry Potter (7 books)
Artemis Fowl (8 books)
Children of the Red King *AKA Charlie Bone (8 books)
The Hunger Games (3 books)
Inkworld (3 books)
Peter and the Starcatchers (2 books~ Peter and the Starcatchers; Peter and the Shadow Thieves, did not complete series)
Nursery Crime (2 books~The Big Over Easy; The Fourth Bear, book 3 not out yet)
The Inheritance Cycle (4 books)
Dragonflight (how they didn't like the Dragonriders of Pern I will never fathom, but we didn't continue with this series)
Freedom's Landing (they didn't want to finish this series either *sigh*)
Study series (1 book~Poison Study, have not completed this series yet)
Bunnicula (7 books)
Snow Spider Trilogy (3 books)
Chronicles of Narnia (7 books)
The Lord of the Rings (1 book~The Fellowship of the Ring, was a BBC Radio dramatization and the kids did not like the voices)
Benny Imura (1 book~Rot & Ruin, have not completed this series yet)
Twilight (4 books)
The First Formic War (1 book~Earth Unaware, have not completed this series yet)
Treehouse Kids ~ (1 book, but could not remember which one)
39 Clues (1 book~The Maze of Bones, have not continued)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books)
The Heroes of Olympus (2 books~The Lost Hero; The Son of Neptune, have not completed series yet)
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (5 books, 1 book to go to complete this series)
Brian's Saga ~ (1 book~Hatchet, have not completed this series)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (5 books)
His Dark Materials (3 books)
Secrets of Dripping Fang (1 book~The Onts, did not complete series)
The Dresden Files (14 books, series is not complete yet)
So there you have it folks. Over 12 years worth of audios including ones we've listened to over and again. Any of these a favorite? Any you've never heard of? Any you'd like to toss in the dumpster? Yes, I'm talking to you Twilight. Even the kids make fun of you now that they're older.