Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Listen Up! Some Great Audio Books for Adults and Teens

This month the library is highlighting our Audio collection--and what a collection it is.  Books on CD, books on Playaway, and digital audios--the choices are endless.  I listen to a lot of audio books and I have discovered that some of my favorite titles are from the Young Adult section.  I discovered the Harry Potter series, devoured the Hunger Games trilogy and enjoyed many others.  The following list contains just a few of my absolute favorites.  So try one or two or all eight and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi--Printz Award Winner--In a Gulf Coast shanty town 100 years in the future, where grounded tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota—and hopefully live to see another day. But when he discovers a clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.
The companion novel is The Drowned Cities.

Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend--Golden Crown Literary Award Winner--This is a hilarious tale of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say goodbye city life” and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon--Rita Award Winner--The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles and suddenly she is in a Scotland torn by war in the year 1743.  Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two conflicting lives. Followed by Dragonfly in Amber and six others and they are all read by the fantastic Davina Porter.

The Middle of Somewhere by Clifford Henderson--Foreword Reviews' 2009 INDIEFAB Book of the Year--Start with one independent, urban lesbian who cashes out her life in San Francisco for a second-hand travel trailer and sets off to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in search of a new life.  Add to this a broken-down ’66 T-bird, a bunch of small-town Texas Baptists, a ton of fried food, and a church scandal and what you get is Eadie T. Pratt’s road trip gone awry.  Funny with great characters!

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck--Newbery Honor Book--What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice--two city slickers from Chicago--make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town?  They help Grandma to trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry--all in one day.  And there's more--much more--as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before. Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.  
Followed by A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Medal Winner) and A Season of Gifts.  These are great for the whole family!!!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein--Edgar Award Winner and Printz Honor Book--In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.  Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.  
The companion novel is Rose Under Fire (Golden Kite Award Honor Book and Audie Award Finalist) and it is just as wonderful if not better.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld--Aurealis Award Winner and Locus Award Winner--In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.  With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever. 
Followed by Behemoth and Goliath and all are read by the superb Alan Cumming!

Blood Red Road by Moira Young--Costa Children's Book Award Winner--Scavenging from landfills to survive in her post-apocalyptic world, Saba embarks on a quest to rescue her abducted twin brother. What Saba learns is that she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent and that she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil and a gang of girl revolutionaries, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.  
Followed by Rebel Heart and Raging Star and all are read by the wonderful Heather Lind.

Also, anything written by Jon Katz, Bill Bryson, or Terry Brooks are fantastic too!   
Please let me know your favorite audio or narrator!  I am always looking for new books!

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