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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
After Tupac and D Foster. 3hr. Brilliance, CD, $39.97.
D Foster walks into the neighborhood where the unnamed narrator and best friend Neeka live, opening up a whole new world to the two friends. Reader Susan Spain brings the girls’ intertwined stories to life as she conveys the emotional turmoil that is part of growing up.
Along for the Ride. 13hr. Recorded Books, CD, $108.75.
On a whim, Auden decides to spend the summer with her father and his family. Despite her desire to remain emotionally distant from the drama in the house, Auden lends her stepmother a reluctant hand. Reader Rachel Botchan makes it seem as if Auden herself is sharing her story over a cup of coffee in a late-night diner.
Boys Are Dogs. 5hr. Brilliance, CD, $48.97.
Annabelle doesn’t like surprises or change, but as she starts her first year of middle school, she must cope with both. Ellen Grafton creates an authentic voice for Annabelle, moving from childhood into adolescence, with all the dilemma, wit, moodiness, and confusion of that age.
Carter Finally Gets It. 8.5hr. Brilliance, CD, $87.97.
A year in the life of Carter begins with a party and ends with the teen’s realization of where his interests and talents lie in this hilarious picture of a 14-year-old boy’s life. Nick Podehl reads Carter with a perfect blend of humor, irony, and innocence.
The Chosen One. 5.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $24.99.
Kyra is forced to marry her 60-year-old uncle, who is an elder in their religious group, the Chosen Ones. As Kyra grapples with her emerging independence, she encounters dangerous and life-threatening situations. Jenna Lamia brings perfect tones and emotions to 13-year-old Kyra, enabling listeners to hear her sadness, anger, and love for her family.
Identical. 9hr. Highbridge, CD, $29.95.
Identical twins with seemingly perfect parents are living an illusion. Laura Flanagan does a fabulous job giving the twins unique voices, differentiating intonation and attitude.
If I Stay. 5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45.
Mia is a talented musician with a great boyfriend and family. It all gets taken away when her family is killed in a car crash that leaves Mia clinging to life. This highly emotional story is captured wonderfully by Kirsten Potter’s genuine representation of Mia’s struggle between life and death.
The Indigo Notebook. 8.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $55.
Zeeta and her mother Layla’s nomadic life has brought them to Otavalo in Ecuador, where they help a friend find his birth father, uncover a smuggling ring, and learn to appreciate their life. Justine Eyre brings excellent Spanish accents and the right voice for each character, enhancing a fascinating story.
In the Belly of the Bloodhound:
Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber. 15hr. Listen and Live, CD, $29.95.
Jacky Faber returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls to hide out after learning she is wanted for piracy. While on a school outing, the entire class is kidnapped, taken aboard a slave ship, and held for ransom. Katherine Kellgren keeps listeners on the edge of their seats as Jacky uses her wits to save herself and her classmates. A 2010 Odyssey Honor title.
The Killer’s Cousin. 6hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97.
The jury found David innocent when tried for the murder of his girlfriend, but his name will always be associated with her death. Nick Podehl convincingly voices the self-doubt, fear, and suspicion that build in this tautly crafted mystery.
Living Dead Girl. 3hr. Brilliance, CD, $49.97.
Kidnapped five years ago on a school field trip, 15-year-old Alice is now too old to hold the interest of her abductor. When Ray orders her to find him a new little girl, Alice sees her chance for freedom. Kate Reinders’ portrayal is both disturbing and riveting.
Marcelo in the Real World. 10hr. Listening Library, CD, $40.
To finish his senior year at the high school of his choice, Marcelo accepts his father’s condition that he spend the summer working at his law firm. Lincoln Hoppe becomes Marcelo in this remarkable performance that takes listeners right into the heart of Marcelo’s struggles to make sense of the world.
The Monstrumologist. 12hr. Recorded Books, CD, $108.75.
Will Henry is the assistant to the Monstrumologist, Dr. Warthrop. Together they encounter the Anthropophagi, horrible human-eating creatures. Set in the 1800s, this richly descriptive horror tale is vivid and imaginative. Reader Stephen Boyer paints a frightening yet intriguing picture of Will Henry’s world.
My Bonny Light Horseman:
Being the Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War. 12hr. Listen and Live, CD, $29.95.
Jacky Faber is forced by the British to spy against the French, and although she hates it, she performs splendidly and even meets Napoléon. No one could embody Jacky Faber better than Katherine Kellgren as she switches between British, French, and American accents and also sings beautifully.
Newes from the Dead. 7.5hr. Brilliance, CD, $87.97.
Anne Green regains consciousness at the beginning of her autopsy after being hanged for infanticide. Expert narrators Rosalyn Landor and Michael Page capture this unusual story, based on historical facts.
Peace, Locomotion. 2hr. Brilliance, CD, $39.97.
Through Dion Graham’s heartfelt performance, Lonnie Collins shares hopes for peace in letters to his beloved sister, heightening the lyrical narrative of Jacqueline Woodson’s story. A 2010 Odyssey Honor title.
Slumdog Millionaire. 11hr. BBC, CD, $89.95.
Ram Mohammad Thomas has his own reasons for wanting to win a billion rupees on an Indian quiz show. Christopher Simpson embodies each character through his splendid accents while exhibiting emotions unique to the characters and situations.
Solace of the Road. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
Fourteen-year-old Holly Hogan’s life is not going the way she wants until she finds “the wig.” When Holly puts on the blond wig, she transforms into Solace. Sile Bermingham’s lightly accented, soft voice is dead-on for this multifaceted teen.
The Spectacular Now. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $87.97.
Perpetually drunk and high on life, Sutter Keely struggles to maintain his “live in the now” mantra, despite changes that threaten his relaxed existence. MacLeod Andrews’ drawl injects the reading with a happy-go-lucky, laid-back charm that makes Sutter the guy everyone wants to hang with.
Tree Girl. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30.
Gabi has survived the brutal massacre of her Guatemalan village by hiding in trees. Her harrowing journey to Mexico to build a new life is compellingly portrayed by Amber Sealey’s distant but emotionally charged narration. Based on a true story, the novel depicts the atrocities of genocide.
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. 2hr. Brilliance, CD, $42.97.
Bluesy harmonica music introduces Dion Graham’s smooth baritone, eloquently returning listeners to the era of Negro League baseball depicted in Kadir Nelson’s award-winning book. A 2010 Odyssey Honor title.
Wildwood Dancing. 13hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
Five sisters enter an enchanted forest each full moon to dance the night away with their magical friends. When the mysterious Night People arrive, the sisters’ way of life is threatened. Kim Mai Guest’s light and lilting voice brings the fantasy and enchantment to life.
Zen and the Art of Faking It. 5.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $29.
San has spent most of his life moving from school to school. He’s ready to blend into the background, but then Zen kicks in. Mike Chamberlain’s appropriately wry tones deliver San from clueless to self-aware.
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