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Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

Listen to These Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks with Your Kids and Teens

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

What’s a grandmother to do? My 6-year-old grandson has become so enraptured with listening to Jim Dale’s reading of the HARRY POTTER series that he drew a lightning bolt on his forehead. He did a good job of it—and he did it with a permanent ink marker. Needless to say, his parents weren’t happy, and I had to try very hard not to laugh when this was revealed on our FaceTime call this week. I was just glad he didn’t decide to do it on his 4-year-old sister’s forehead as well. Ah, the power of audiobooks and children’s imaginations!

One of the greatest challenges I see parents facing with children home and in their care 24/7 is how to educate, engage, and entertain without having them glued to a screen. Audiobooks are a great solution, and the Harry Potter series is a great place to start. They can be downloaded for free from most public libraries now through their library apps, such as Overdrive or Libby. (For Harry Potter fans, you can now listen to J.K. Rowling’s THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. This is a novella (a collection of five fairy tales) that grew out of the Harry Potter world of wizardry. The audiobook is narrated by a talented full cast.) Read more…

Narrator Alison Larkin

Narrator Alison Larkin on the Children’s Classic The Secret Garden

Narrator Alison Larkin expertly introduces this classic Yorkshire story to a new generation and shares why THE SECRET GARDEN might just be the perfect audiobook for family listening during this time of lockdown and social distancing.

“It’s about isolation and loneliness and connection and renewal and nature and love, and it’s magical.”—Narrator Alison Larkin

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Julia Alvarez Photo by Brandon Cruz Gonzalez

Julia Alvarez’s AFTERLIFE Helps Us See What Love Can Do

Julia Alvarez Photo by Brandon Cruz Gonzalez

Poet and bestselling author Julia Alvarez’s first novel for adults in fourteen years, AFTERLIFE, is a timely and timeless exploration of what it means to care—for family, for yourself, for the difficult neighbor, for the person in need. Our guide is Antonia, a newly widowed, recently retired professor in her sixties. Dominican by heritage, she lives in a Vermont town where her late husband was everyone’s favorite doctor. As she navigates “a narrow path through loss,” taking “sips of sorrow, afraid the big wave might wash her away,” Antonia is caught up in the troubles of an undocumented Mexican farm worker and his pregnant girlfriend, and in the disappearance of Izzy, the most volatile of her three beloved sisters. Longing for her husband, the one person who would always “champion her way of being in the world,” she turns for guidance to his maxim: Let’s see what love can do. Read more…

Pairing Up Favorite Romance Listens

Pairing Up Favorite Romance Listens

Pairing Up Favorite Romance Listens

I’ve attended so many digital meetings lately, and I’m sure if you’re working from home, you are doing the same. My digital social life is busier than my actual one used to be, BC (Before Corona). I’m not complaining. I’ve had several great digital chats with friends and colleagues about romance lately, which is an undiluted pleasure. In my recent romance chats, it really shook me when numerous people mentioned that it’s hard to focus enough to read. Life is too fast-paced, too different, too stressful. They just can’t sit and read . . .  yet. And usually the second thing they said was, But I’m listening to a lot of audiobooks. To which I say, Great! Let’s create some listening bridges between new titles and familiar favorites with these four romance match-ups. Go ahead and listen—it’s a delightful way to be kind to yourself in jarring times. Read more…

Jason Culp video

Narrator Jason Culp on John Updike’s In The Beauty of the Lilies

In this video, narrator Jason Culp tells AudioFile listeners about IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES, Updike’s novel in which Clarence Wilmot, a thoughtful clergyman in 1910 Paterson, New Jersey, loses his faith but finds solace in movies.

“Being a Hollywood kid myself, I really connected with this book, especially in the ways in which it illustrates how a particular family’s wounds and issues are unconsciously handed down.” — Narrator Jason Culp

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