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August 2016 BOOKLIST
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Alchemy and Meggy Swann. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $38.
Katherine Kellgren is well-matched to this historical novel about feisty heroine Meggy Swann. Through her ability to sing in character, honk like a goose, and capture the voices of a variety of Londoners, Kellgren transports audiences to Meggy’s Elizabethan world. A 2011 Odyssey Honor title.
Beat the Band. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97.
When Cooper is paired with “Hot Dog” Helen for his health-class project, he decides he must do something to counteract the effect on his popularity—namely, starting a band to compete in his school’s Battle of the Bands. Nick Podehl rocks as smart-aleck, wisecracking Cooper.
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
Dit and Emma create a powerful friendship that transcends racial lines in the American South during a time of strife and upheaval. Kirby Heyborne’s lilting southern accent brings to life this tender coming-of-age story.
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, plus Techniques for Taming Them. 5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30.
Ruby Oliver reflects on the disastrous events of her sophomore year by looking back through the Boy Book, which she created with the help of her former friends. Kirsten Potter’s narration captures the humor and drama of Ruby’s high-school misadventures.
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery. 4hr. Recorded Books, CS, $33.75; CD, $46.75.
Fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes, younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, uses her detective skills and various disguises to save Lady Cecily Alistair from an arranged marriage. Katherine Kellgren perfectly captures Enola’s spunky personality as well as the demeanors of the supporting characters.
Silksinger. 13hr. Brilliance, CD, $79.97.
While fleeing the devils that killed the last of her faerie clan, Whisper Silksinger meets Hirik, a young mercenary with an ancient scimitar and secrets of his own. Cassandra Campbell’s rendition of this mesmerizing story is sure to keep readers engaged to the very end.
Finnikin of the Rock. 12hr. Brilliance, CD, $74.97.
Finnikin was only a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and an imposter seized the throne. Now on the cusp of manhood, he is compelled to join forces with the mysterious Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will break the curse that exiled half their kingdom. This engaging epic fantasy is enhanced by Jeffrey Cummings’ pacing and captivating voice.
Heist Society. 6hr. Brilliance, CD, $71.97.
Katarina Bishop’s escape from the family business of stealing valuable art pieces is cut short when a powerful mobster pins the theft of his secret works on her father. Angela Dawe does an amazing job of creating a range of characters in this high-stakes adventure in which Katarina races against time to find and steal back the missing paintings in order to save her father’s life.
Impulse. 7hr. HighBridge, CD, $29.95.
After their failed suicide attempts land them in a psychiatric hospital, teenagers Vanessa, Tony, and Conner forge a friendship while they attempt to resolve their various emotional issues. Steve Coombs, Laura Flanagan, and Jeremy Guskin provide the characters with distinct, emotionally charged voices.
Incarceron. 11.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $65.
Finn is an inmate in Incarceron, a prison sealed off from the rest of the world, while the warden’s daughter, Claudia, is imprisoned by an oppressive society. After Finn and Claudia each find a mysterious key that allows them to communicate, they work together to escape their individual prisons. Kim Mai Guest portrays myriad characters and nails the pacing of the story.
It’s Not Summer without You. 7hr. Recorded Books, CS, $51.75; CD, $66.75.
After a heartbreaking loss, Belly reevaluates her relationships with family, friends, and love interests Conrad and Jeremiah. Jessica Almasy’s clever, skilled narration convincingly alternates between Belly’s and Jeremiah’s points of view.
Jerk, California. 10hr. Recorded Books, CS, $56.75; CD, $87.75.
Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man who sends him on a road trip designed to help Sam discover the truth about his life. Andy Paris is convincing as a young man struggling with the effects of Tourette’s, capturing the inner turmoil in this coming-of-age story.
The Knife of Never Letting Go. 12hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97.
In a futuristic settlement on New World, the thoughts of men and animals can be heard by all. On the brink of manhood, Todd discovers a secret so dark he must flee for his life. Nick Podehl’s gripping narration of this disquieting work of dystopian fiction is masterful. A 2011 Odyssey Honor title.
Leviathan. 8hr. Simon and Schuster, CD, $29.99.
In this steampunk adventure, Austrian prince Alek is on the run from assassins. To save his life and his empire, he forms an alliance with Deryn, a member of the British War Service who just happens to be a girl disguised as a boy. Alan Cummings’ narration takes listeners into the heart of the action as heavy machinery and unique creations collide.
Muchacho. 5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45.
Eddie Corazon is smart, angry, and bent on finding trouble. Then along comes Lupe, who makes his blood race and sees something in Eddie he doesn’t see in himself. Ozzie Rodriguez perfectly captures the voice of a Hispanic teenager and others who populate this story.
One Crazy Summer. 5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $33.75; CD, $46.75.
Delphine and her sisters fly to Oakland to meet the mother who abandoned them, only to be foisted off on the staff of a Black Panther community program. Sisi Aisha Johnson is convincing as the young Delphine, conveying the emotional impact of this historical novel.
Ostrich Boys. 6hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
In their misguided grief, three friends decide the funeral for Ross, one of their best mates, wasn’t what he would have wanted. To remedy the situation, they steal his ashes and hit the road for a Ross-inspired adventure. Bruce Mann’s voice and dialect give a strong sense of place while depicting the vulnerability of the teen characters.
Precious. 5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $60.
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother and raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved, and generally unnoticed. Bahni Turpin’s emotionally raw and gut-wrenching reading renders Precious and the supporting characters as living, breathing human beings.
Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy. 12hr. Listen and Live, CD, $29.95.
Jacky Faber once again finds herself in the makings of history as she is forced to pioneer the first deep-sea diving bell in pursuit of Spanish treasure. Katherine Kellgren brings feisty Jacky to life along with the other colorful characters.
Revolution. 15hr. Listening Library, $54.
In a story told across continents and centuries, Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering portray both an edgy Brooklyn teen mourning the death of her younger brother and an eighteenth-century Parisian girl, caregiver to the doomed dauphin. The narrators’ dramatic, forceful performances meld two emotional and wrenching plotlines. A 2011 Odyssey Honor title.
The Rock and the River. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97.
Sam, the son of a civil rights leader and brother to a member of the Black Panthers, observes the injustice around him and tries to decide if he should follow the path of his brother and father or forge his own. Dion Graham’s deep, gentle voice fits Sam perfectly as he contemplates the world and his place in it.
A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom. 3hr. Recorded Books, CS, $30.75; CD, $30.75.
The Battle of Antietam turned the tide in favor of the Union, allowing Lincoln to put forth the Emancipation Proclamation. Kevin Orton’s narration renders the frustration of this deadly battle through the stories of the people involved.
Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto. 7hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97.
After Seth Baumgartner has the worst afternoon of his life (his girlfriend dumps him, and he sees his father on a date with another woman), he launches a Podcast to delve deeper into the mysteries of love. Nick Podehl is pitch-perfect as a teenage boy who has been burned.
Split. 8hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
Jace shows up at his estranged brother Christian’s apartment with nothing but his car and some new bruises. As Jace negotiates his rocky relationship with his brother, he must come to terms with his father’s abuse and his mother’s codependence. Joshua Swanson’s performance embodies the somewhat cocky voice of a smart, popular, funny teen.
Stop in the Name of Pants! 6.5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $51.75; CD, $66.75.
British teenager Georgia Nicolson fills her diary with tales of her successes and failures with boys and her adventures with her friends. Stina Nielsen captures the fabulosity and over-the-top humor of this British teenager.
Swim the Fly. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97.
Fifteen-year-old Matt and his best friends Coop and Sean’s summertime goal is to see a real live naked girl. Nick Podehl renders a range of characters, from a senior citizen with one thing on his mind to a teenage girl with a French accent in this hilarious, slightly raunchy summer romp.
This Full House. 8hr. Listening Library, CD, $54.97.
LaVaughn’s hard work pays off when she is accepted into a women-in-science program that just might be her ticket to college. However, in an attempt to do a good deed for a friend, she ends up jeopardizing her dreams. Heather Alicia Simms’ narration conveys the uncertainties and triumphs that LaVaughn experiences as she navigates her senior year of high school.
This World We Live In. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $55.
Miranda’s diary chronicles the continuing struggle to survive the aftereffects of a meteor hitting the moon. Emily Bauer portrays Miranda’s moods and emotions, which are as turbulent as the chaotic world in which she lives.
The True Meaning of Smekday. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $65.
Bahni Turpin gives an unforgettable performance, seamlessly slipping into the voices of wiseacre eighth-grader, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci and her alien Boov companion as they embark on a rollicking road trip to track down Tip’s missing mother and save the planet. A laugh-out-loud presentation of Adam Rex’s popular satire. The 2011 Odyssey Award winner.
What I Saw and How I Lied. 6hr. Scholastic, CD, $29.95.
Full of romance and complex emotions, this scandalous story is set immediately following the end of WWII. Caitlin Greer personifies the longing and desire of a 15-year-old girl coming of age during a turbulent time in history.
White Cat. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $40.
Cassel is the only member of his family who does not possess powers attributed to curse workers. Life becomes confusing when he finds himself on the roof of his boarding school after a bout of sleepwalking. Jesse Eisenberg’s dark tenor gives listeners a glimpse into this intriguing alternate world of curse workers and organized crime.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $71.97.
A Facebook misdirect and a poorly forged ID bring two teens with the same name together. What connects them is Tiny Cooper, a gay football player who explores his heartache by writing a fabulous musical. Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews take us from riotous moments to tearful revelations in this groundbreaking production. A 2011 Odyssey Honor title.
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