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ALEX AND ELIZA

ALEX AND ELIZA A Love Story

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author de la Cruz admits that the musical HAMILTON inspired this fiction loosely based on history. In this story Hamilton's future wife, Elizabeth, becomes Eliza Schuyler, and Hamilton himself becomes Alex. The story attempts to flesh out their romance from their first meeting to their eventual marriage and honeymoon. Cassandra Campbell's narration may engage young adults. She... Read More

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE

by Steven B. Frank | Read by Ruffin Prentiss, Christopher Gebauer, Karen Chilton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Charlie and Armstrong take turns recounting the events of their sixth-grade year at Wonderland Middle School during the 1970s, as the school opens its doors to African-American students. Narrator Ruffin Prentiss portrays Armstrong with a passionate and determined tone as he deals with the difficulties of attending a new school and facing the prejudices of his white classmates... Read More

AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Gibson Frazier

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Gibson Frazier gives a sober narration of this story, told from the perspective of a teen. Ozzie is shaken by his long-term boyfriend's disappearance--not just from his life but also from people's memories and, it seems, the world. Frazier's serious tone matches Ozzie's grief and growing bewilderment as he comes to realize that the universe is shrinking, and no one notices but... Read More

BALL DON'T LIE

BALL DON'T LIE

by Matt de la Peña | Read by Dion Graham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Sticky is a foster kid with a gift for basketball; he's had a hard life, but he just might be on his way to greatness. Narrator Dion Graham gets a vocal workout in Matt de la Peña's 2005 novel. He switches from the driving momentum and intensity of a fast and furious basketball game to two teenage girls chatting in a mall food court. Another character has a pronounced stutter.... Read More

BANG

BANG

by Barry Lyga | Read by Charlie Thurston

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Charlie Thurston turns in an energetic performance of Lyga's young adult novel. Sebastian, a high school senior who accidentally shot and killed his infant sister when he was 4 years old, can no longer live with the guilt and determines to end it all. Then he meets his new neighbor, Aneesa. His friendship with Aneesa, a practicing Muslim, gives Sebastian hope that life... Read More

THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL

THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL

by Peternelle van Arsdale | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Candace Thaxton's raspy timbre is perfect for Van Arsdale's spirited prose. With calm, measured pacing and a mix of brusqueness and warmth, Thaxton's delivery engages listeners with a complex and unnerving coming-of-age tale. Alys is a young woman with unusual powers. When all the adults in her home of Gwenith are killed, she makes her way to devout, fearful Defaid.... Read More

THE BLACK WITCH

THE BLACK WITCH Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Laurie Forest | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This debut fantasy introduces listeners to Elloren Gardener, granddaughter and spitting image of the powerful, celebrated Black Witch. This ambitious story is impressively narrated by the talented Julia Whelan, who creatively details its world of intricate magical practices and diverse inhabitants. Studying at cosmopolitan Verpax University, naïve Elloren must question the... Read More

THE BONE WITCH

THE BONE WITCH Bone witch, Book 1

by Rin Chupeco | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller's stellar collection of voices entices listeners into Chupeco's rich and diverse fantasy realm. Here, girls gifted with magic are spirited away and trained to become highly skilled practitioners of a magic known as asha. Will Damron gives an inquisitive and pithy performance as a bard who finds himself face-to-face with Tea Pahlavi, an exiled asha with the rare... Read More

CARAVAL

CARAVAL

by Stephanie Garber | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rebecca Soler is an ideal listener's companion through a heady world. Scarlett's lifelong wish is to travel with her sister, Tella, to Caraval, a spectacular annual performance that draws its audience into the show. But when the sisters manage to escape their cruel father and attend, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind, Legend, who makes her the feature of this year's... Read More

THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE

THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE

by Corey Ann Haydu | Read by Julia Whelan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

To be loved by a Devonairre Street girl is to be sentenced to death--or so says the neighborhood curse. Narrator Julia Whelan packs emotional punches with her narration. Set in a reimagined New York City with an alternate history, the audiobook follows Lorna and her teen friends as they come of age. The small group of girls is focused on grief and made famous by its victim... Read More

CARVE THE MARK

CARVE THE MARK

by Veronica Roth | Read by Emily Rankin, Austin Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a distant galaxy, a life force called "The Current" bestows powers upon each individual and with them, a predetermined, secret destiny. Narrator Austin Butler solemnly recounts the story of Akos, a young man from the ruling nation of Thuvhe whose quiet life changes in a flash when his fate and those of his siblings, unknown to even themselves, are made public--leaving them... Read More

DARK TEMPEST

DARK TEMPEST Red Winter, Book 2

by Annette Marie | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's facility with Asian languages is put to good use in this second part of a trilogy based on Japanese mythology As Emi continues her quest to restore balance to the universe and prepares to become a host for a goddess, Zeller expresses Emi's growing confusion. She's happy about the romantic attraction between her and one of the spirits. But that... Read More

DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT

DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT Theodore Roosevelt's Amazon Adventure

by Samantha Seiple | Read by David de Vries

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Theodore Roosevelt was a war hero, a U.S. president, and a fearless outdoorsman. After his presidency, despite his advancing age, he accepted a dangerous mission to survey an uncharted Brazilian river with a team of Brazilian and American explorers and cartographers. An audiobook with limited dialogue and a lack of character voices requires both an exciting story and a skilled... Read More

DEFY THE STARS

DEFY THE STARS

by Claudia Gray | Read by Nate Begle, Kasey Lee Huizinga

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kasey Lee Huizinga embodies Noemi, a futuristic soldier whose life is changed when she loses her best friend and meets a "mech" named Abel. To Noemi's surprise, Abel appears to have unexpected human qualities despite his mechanical origins. Narrator Nate Begle creates a robotic monotone for Abel with developing hints of emotion as he grows and begins to understand that... Read More

EYES WIDE OPEN

EYES WIDE OPEN Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

by Paul Fleischman | Read by Tom Parks

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Tom Parks narrates clearly and accessibly about global climate change. Neither he nor the author talks down to young listeners in providing a broad context that explains the complicated systems of the environment and the political history of the movement to save it. While occasional recitations of website URLs interrupt the narrative, this audiobook would work well as a... Read More

FACTORY GIRL

FACTORY GIRL

by Josanne La Valley | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tavia Gilbert takes listeners on a difficult journey in the voice of Roshen, a 16-year-old Muslim Uyghur from rural China who is forced to leave her family to work in a factory thousands of miles away. Roshen's fear and horror at her new life are skillfully conveyed by Gilbert; her tone and characterization perfectly reflect the bleak situation Roshen and the girls she... Read More

FLAME IN THE MIST

FLAME IN THE MIST

by Renée Ahdieh | Read by Nancy Wu

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nancy Wu provides a dramatic characterization of a wealthy young woman who seizes an opportunity to be free of the constraints that feudal Japan imposes on women. When Mariko's caravan is attacked, she begins to masquerade as a boy, a practice she will grow reluctant to give up. Wu is comfortable with the story's Japanese words and names. Her portrayal of Mariko is sensitive to... Read More

GEEKERELLA

GEEKERELLA

by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Eileen Stevens's subtle Southern accent and energizing performance are an out-of-this-world pairing for this reimagined Cinderella. Sounding intrepid and animated, Stevens never loses sight of Elle, whose love of the cult sci-fi show "Starfield" is her escape from her evil stepmother. When she begins texting a fellow fan, Elle thinks she may have found her Prince... Read More

GEMINA

GEMINA Illuminae Files, Book 2

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff | Read by Carla Corvo, Steve West, P.J. Ochlan and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the 26th century, a space station is besieged by privateers--but how and why? Kaufman and Kristof's ambitious space opera continues, shifting its focus to a trio of unlikely resistance fighters: the daughter of an assassinated commander, the son of a notorious cartel family, and a wunderkind hacker. The investigation into what's happening unfolds through "found... Read More

GIRL CODE

GIRL CODE

by Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser | Read by Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The authors give listeners an inside look at how two teenaged girls are breaking the tech world's glass ceiling while challenging the taboo of discussing menstruation. In 2014, Andrea "Andy" Gonzales and Sophie Houser's summer project at Girls Who Code became the viral computer game Tampon Run. The girl coders lend their voices to the narration, taking on separate chapters as... Read More

GIRL OUT OF WATER

GIRL OUT OF WATER

by Laura Silverman | Read by Laurence Bouvard

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Laurence Bouvard has the voice of surfer-girl Anise down pat. The summer before her senior year finds her looking forward to surfing, partying, and hanging out with her friends on the beach--until a family emergency sends her and her father to Nebraska to help out when her aunt is seriously injured. Anise sounds confident and self-absorbed yet often unable to be honest... Read More

THE GO-BETWEEN

THE GO-BETWEEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Veronica Chambers | Read by Karla Souza

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Karla Souza (who plays Laurel on "How to Get Away with Murder") creates a pitch-perfect, youthful narration of Cammi, an ultra-privileged teen whose life is transformed. When Cammi's Mexican telenovela superstar mom moves the family to the U.S. to play a maid in an American television show, Cammi's new friends at progressive Polestar Academy assume Cammi is an immigrant kid on... Read More

HONESTLY BEN

HONESTLY BEN Openly Straight, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Dan Bittner

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dan Bittner's narration develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in Konigsberg's earlier book OPENLY STRAIGHT. At the end of that story, Ben has pushed away Rafe, his best friend with whom he had a brief lover relationship. In this follow-up, Bittner quickly reveals Ben's intelligence and introspection. His delivery continually contrasts Ben's... Read More

HUNTED

HUNTED

by Meagan Spooner | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Based on Russian folklore, Spooner's magical fantasy introduces Yeva, who is called Beauty. While hunting in the woods, she encounters the Beast. Saskia Maarleveld takes on the majority of the narration, telling the story through Yeva's eyes. She compellingly depicts Yeva's bravery and resilience and then switches to Yeva's sisters and the Beast, portraying them with subtle... Read More

JUST FLY AWAY

JUST FLY AWAY

by Andrew McCarthy | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Suzy Jackson's accurate teen voicing captures 15-year-old Lucy's confused feelings when she learns of her father's brief affair, which resulted in the birth of her half-brother, who is now eight years old. Outraged at her father's betrayal, dismayed at her mother's acceptance of the affair, and not understanding why her younger sister seems unconcerned, Lucy distances... Read More

LORD OF SHADOWS

LORD OF SHADOWS The Dark Artifices, Book 2

by Cassandra Clare | Read by James Marsters

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator James Marsters brings a large cast of characters to life as the Shadowhunters continue the never-ending fight against evil. Marsters delivers Emma's passion as she struggles to ignore her feelings for Julian, despite their mutual affection for each other. As Emma and Julian embark on a mission to Faerie, they come across many different beings, whom Marsters portrays... Read More

MARESI

MARESI

by Maria Turtschaninoff | Read by Michi Barall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

In the first of a planned trilogy, Finnish author Turtschaninoff introduces listeners to the Red Abbey: an isolated island colony where women and girls seek asylum from poverty, hunger, and the brutality and oppression of misogyny. The author's rich world building introduces a fascinating society that celebrates many aspects of femininity. Sadly, narrator Michi Barall struggles... Read More

MERROW

MERROW

by Ananda Braxton-Smith | Read by Lucy Brownhill

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Steeped in well-researched Irish folklore, with careful attention to the unique culture of an island in the Irish Sea, MERROW is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age audiobook. Neen, an Irish girl, lives an isolated life with her Auntie Ushag in Carrick, where townspeople mix folklore and gossip to explain their world. Narrator Lucy Brownhill portrays 12-year-old Neen as she... Read More

THE MESMERIST

THE MESMERIST

by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Colleen Prendergast

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Colleen Prendergast's steady performance allows young listeners to get caught up in the magical adventures of 13-year-old "mesmerist" Jessamine, who lives in Victorian London. Jess believes she and her mum are fake spiritualists, taking grieving people's money and pretending to have them speak to their dead loved ones. In actuality, Jess CAN speak to the dead, and the... Read More

THE MURDERER'S APE

THE MURDERER'S APE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jakob Wegelius, Peter Graves [Trans.] | Read by Kimberly Farr

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kimberly Farr convincingly renders every accent and personality of the many diverse characters in this unusual novel. In 1904, Sally Jones, a gorilla who can read and write, is caged until compassionate sea captain Henry Koskela purchases her. Farr's Sally Jones is fully believable as she recounts her story on an Underwood typewriter. When Koskela is falsely imprisoned for... Read More

ONCE AND FOR ALL

ONCE AND FOR ALL

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Dessen | Read by Karissa Vacker

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Sarah Dessen is top-notch at fast-moving teen dialogue, and narrator Karissa Vacker is wonderful at delivering it. Vacker captures the witty sarcasm of Louna, who believes that the possibility of love is limited. Vacker nails the jaded attitude of an 18-year-old who's been raised by a busy, problem-solving mother, a wedding planner extraordinaire. Vacker also reveals the... Read More

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

by Emily Barr | Read by Nicola Barber

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nicola Barber voices the confusion and caution of 17-year-old Flora Banks, whose memory retention ended at age 10 when she developed anterograde amnesia. Flora writes messages in notebooks and all over her skin, but Barber represents her continual frustration as she repeats phrases again and again, trying to interpret their meaning. Barber also reflects Flora's growing... Read More

OPENLY STRAIGHT

OPENLY STRAIGHT Openly Straight, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rafe, who's been out since he was 14, escapes labeling by leaving Colorado for a private boy's school in New England. From the first, Pete Cross's narration describes the high spirits of Rafe and his family. His loving mother is overly involved and well intentioned. His father is jokey as he records this big event. Rafe teases his parents affably as he prepares for his great... Read More

THE PEARL THIEF

THE PEARL THIEF

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Wein | Read by Maggie Service

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Maggie Service's Scottish accents reflect this novel's strong sense of place. Those who wept at the fate of Julie, heroine of CODE NAME VERITY, will delight in meeting her 15-year-old self in this prequel. Service embodies all the emotions in the first-person narrative--Julie's sadness at the sale of her family's Scottish estate, curiosity about sexuality, envy at the... Read More

A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS

A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS

by Katie Bayerl | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Kyla Garcia, Julia Whelan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Saskia Maarleveld, Julia Whelan, and Kyla Garcia bring to life a teenager's journey to discover if her dead sister is truly the miracle-making modern-day saint everyone believes her to be. Maarleveld handles the bulk of the performance; her cool, casual voice is a perfect fit for the grieving Callie da Costa as she tangles with the death of her saintly sister, Tess.... Read More

RADIO SILENCE

RADIO SILENCE

by Alice Oseman | Read by Aysha Kala

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Teen (and adult) listeners will relish every word of British author Alice Oseman's latest tour de force, narrated by Aysha Kala. Seventeen-year-old Frances Janvier is driven by one goal: getting into elite Cambridge University. Her only distraction is her favorite podcast, the edgy "Universe City." She's thrilled when she meets the genius behind this mysterious channel, Aled... Read More

RAMONA BLUE

RAMONA BLUE

by Julie Murphy | Read by Therese Plummer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ramona Blue loves the water, but between working several jobs and taking care of her pregnant sister, life is like trying to breathe in the deep end. And while Ramona has always identified as gay, she finds herself falling in love with her best guy friend. Narrator Therese Plummer's folksy Southern accents are at home in this audiobook set in the small town of Eulogy,... Read More

REBELS LIKE US

REBELS LIKE US

by Liz Reinhardt | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson clearly contrasts first-person narrator Agnes (Nes), who is from Brooklyn, and secondary characters who reside in a small Southern town. Newly arrived Nes has an edgy Northern accent, which is sometimes colored with the Latina rhythms of her Dominican background. Johnson's portrayal of Nes suggests her emotional pain, which relates to her mother, who... Read More

RONIT & JAMIL

RONIT & JAMIL

by Pamela L. Laskin | Read by Nira Amiel, Assaf Cohen, Aylam Orian, Youssif Kamal

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This contemporary take on ROMEO AND JULIET moves the action to Israel and Palestine and tells the story of the star-crossed lovers in verse. The sparse yet lyrical text proves a significant challenge for all of the narrators, especially Nira Amiel and Assaf Cohen, who tackle the roles of the young lovers. The voices of the poems are extremely similar, and Amiel and Cohen fail... Read More

SCYTHE

SCYTHE Arc of Scythe, Book 1

by Neal Shusterman | Read by Greg Tremblay

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

In 2042, death has been eradicated in MidMerica, and scythes control population growth. Narrator Greg Tremblay establishes the background and tone of this futuristic world. The book's chapters are written by these scythes, who reflect their moral codes with the calm tones of cultural anthropologists. Tremblay's more emotional storytelling comes in his depiction of Citra and... Read More

THE SILENT SONGBIRD

THE SILENT SONGBIRD Hagenheim, Book 7

by Melanie Dickerson | Read by Jude Mason

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Young Adult

Evangeline, young cousin and ward of King Richard, is the Silent Songbird. Blessed with a heavenly singing voice, she silenced it when she escaped a creepy, unwelcome political betrothal by running away and passing herself off as a mute servant. Jude Mason's narration fails to transport listeners to medieval England. Her storytelling cannot overcome the clichés, repetitions,... Read More

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Cassie Simone

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In clear tones brimming with heart, narrator Cassie Simone brings 17-year-old Jasmine de los Santos to life. After hearing she's won a National Honor Scholarship, this studious and hardworking teenager is devastated when she learns of her family's status as illegal immigrants, which means that college may be impossible and deportation is a serious threat. Her life becomes... Read More

THICK AS THIEVES

THICK AS THIEVES The Queen's Thief, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Megan Whalen Turner | Read by Steve West

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Turner adds to her Queen's Thief series with a story that can also stand alone. Narrator Steve West portrays the two heroes of this audiobook. Kamet is charting his way through foreign lands with mysterious Attolian, who may be his captor or his companion. The story is told through the eyes of Kamet, and West fully differentiates him in his narration. Kamet is an invaluable... Read More

TIMEKEEPER

TIMEKEEPER The Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 1

by Tara Sim | Read by Gary Furlong

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Gary Furlong immerses listeners in a steampunk Victorian world that is controlled by ancient clock towers. Clock mechanics ensure that the flow of time isn't disturbed, and 17-year-old prodigy Danny Hart is the most talented among them. After an accident on the job, Danny is sent on a low-risk assignment, where he meets and falls for Colton. Seemingly a young man,... Read More

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE Rebel of the Sands, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Alwyn Hamilton | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani, who narrated the first in this series, continues Amani's first-person story. Bold, snarky Amani lives in a land that melds the Old West and the world of the Arabian nights. Amani is even more central to this plot, and Nankani deepens her personality accordingly. At the story's opening, Amani is imprisoned, and Nankani stresses equally her sarcasm and... Read More

TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

by Lynda Blackmon Lowery | Read by Damaras Obi

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Damaras Obi who, with director Ally Sheedy, adapted this book for the stage, turns in a robust performance as the youngest child to participate in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Lynda Blackmon Lowery recounts her childhood in Selma where, after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak, she enthusiastically joined the fight for voting rights and... Read More

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED

by Becky Albertalli | Read by Arielle DeLisle

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Arielle DeLisle clearly differentiates the large cast of characters in this audiobook and the rainbow of feelings inherent in adolescent love. Seventeen-year-old Molly is headed for Crush #27--and none have ended in so much as a kiss. DeLisle's narration adds to the story's natural dialogue and honest emotions. She captures Molly's angst, which contrasts with her twin sister,... Read More

VASSA IN THE NIGHT

VASSA IN THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Porter | Read by Madeleine Maby

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Madeleine Maby's performance never waivers throughout this audiobook for teens. Magic appears in many forms in this Russian folktale turned modern-day horror story. Maby maintains credibility and consistency throughout the many characters that populate the story, clearly distinguishing who or what creature is speaking. Especially well done are the two "lawyers," Picnic... Read More

VINCENT AND THEO

VINCENT AND THEO The Van Gogh Brothers

by Deborah Heiligman | Read by Phil Fox

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Phil Fox weaves facts and anecdotes with aplomb as he delivers the biographies of brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Fox's delivery is crisp and precise, a style that goes well with the present-tense writing. The audiobook has the structure of a walk through an art gallery, and Fox helps listeners enter the scenes. This dynamic biography includes imaginative... Read More

WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN?

WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN?

by Allan Wolf | Read by Jesse Lee, Nick Podehl, Lauren Ezzo, Whitney Dykhouse, Scott Merriman, Scott Lange, Kate Rudd, Will Damron

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Master storyteller Allan Wolf fictionalizes the true-crime murder of a teen from his hometown. He tells the story from the viewpoints of the young man's schoolmates, including their various reactions to his death. The mark of excellence in a narrating ensemble is that characters are recognizable no matter who is narrating, but that that is not the case here, especially with the... Read More

WILD LILY

WILD LILY

by K.M. Peyton | Read by Lauren Irwin

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Irwin contrasts a steady narrative with moments of passionate dialogue in this historical import from the United Kingdom. As Lily as grows up in the 1920s, she and her friends take exhilarating chances parachuting from the new contraption called an airplane. Irwin delivers these moments at a fast pace filled with excitement. The dialogue becomes more emotional... Read More

WINDFALL

WINDFALL

by Jennifer E. Smith | Read by Tonya Cornelisse

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tonya Cornelisse's gravelly voice captures the worldliness of Alice, a high school senior who was orphaned at the age of 9. Since then, she has lived with loving relatives. Cornelisse expresses the thoughtful tenderness of Alice's Latina aunt and contrasts this with her uncle's remoteness. She portrays the camaraderie Alice finds with her cousin, Leo, and his friend,... Read More

THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES

by Terry Pratchett | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Standout English actor Julian Rhind-Tutt narrates these early Terry Pratchett gems with a gentle, timeless, settled-in feel. There are also glee and winks in Rhind-Tutt's voice when he reads about cowboys and trolls, three men in a submarine in a bathtub, and, of course, a witch riding a vacuum cleaner who catches the amorous eye of a local magician. Pratchett was just a... Read More

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