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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

by Jules Verne | Read by James Frain

Listening Library
Classics Family Listening

Teen listeners may be happy to skip Ray Bradbury's literary introduction, titled "The Ardent Blasphemers"—which makes comparisons between Herman Melville and Jules Verne—and get right to the granddaddy of steampunk novels. This seminal science fiction work recounts the story of three survivors of an American frigate, sunk while searching for the sea monster that has been... Read More

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
AIRBORN

AIRBORN

by Kenneth Oppel | Read by David Kelly, a Full Cast

Full Cast Audio
Young Adult Family Listening

This full-cast narration of a young adult science fiction adventure is, despite minor flaws, pure fun. Hero/narrator Matt (David Kelly), a cabin boy on a lighter-than-air liner in the book’s Jules Vernesian world, finds adventure and romance among pirates and mysterious flying creatures on an uncharted island. Kelly’s voice is irresistibly likable and engaging, though he does... Read More

AIRBORN
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

by Lewis Carroll | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Classics Family Listening

Forget the cartoon version! Dale's expert handling of the characters in Carroll's classic banishes any preconceived voice characterizations from the listener's mind. The old favorites are all here: Alice, the Queen, the Caterpillar, and so on. However, there's more to it than just those few. Carroll's absurd landscape is populated with equally absurd characters, many of them... Read More

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

by Jules Verne | Read by Jim Dale

Listening Library
Classics Family Listening

Commemorating Listening Library's 50th Anniversary, the publisher reprises the first book recorded as an audiobook in 1955. This new edition, read by Jim Dale, offers a good, if not brilliant, rendition of Verne's 1873 classic. Dale paces himself to Verne's narrative, which seems a bit slow and plodding. As the urgency of the circumnavigation increases, Dale's characters seem... Read More

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel James Brown | Read by Edward Herrmann

Penguin Audio
History Family Listening

When you have an author who writes with enthusiasm about a topic as arcane as competitive rowing and a narrator of the caliber of Edward Herrmann, the result is a fun and compelling work. There’s action and drama, particularly when the story moves to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the American crew’s unexpected but well-earned gold medal. But it’s in the details of the sport... Read More

BOYS IN THE BOAT
DAIRY QUEEN

DAIRY QUEEN

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock | Read by Natalie Moore

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

Fifteen-year-old D.J. lives in Red Bend, Wisconsin, in a family in which all the boys play football. She’s a basketball star. When her father breaks his hip, D.J. must give up sports and do all the milking, mucking, and mowing on their farm. During the summer D.J. trains the quarterback from rival Hawley High and discovers that football is her passion. Natalie Moore does an... Read More

DAIRY QUEEN
THE DEATH COLLECTOR

THE DEATH COLLECTOR

by Justin Richards | Read by Steven Pacey

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

Dinosaurs roam the foggy streets of Victorian London? In this Frankenstein retelling, an industrialist with a God-complex exhumes bodies to create zombie slave laborers. George is a clerk in the British Museum investigating unexplained mysteries when one falls into his lap, or rather, out of his pocket when it’s picked by urchin Eddie. With the help of Liz, daughter of a... Read More

DEATH COLLECTOR
GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD

GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Pullman | Read by Samuel West

AudioGO
Children Family Listening

Too often we hear fairy tales told through the filter of satire or Saturday-morning cartoons, so it’s a distinct pleasure to hear a writer of Philip Pullman’s talent, humor, and intelligence ever so slightly and cleverly reimagine 50 of the original 200 Brothers Grimm’s tales, first published 200 years ago. English actor Samuel West provides a superbly wry and cultured... Read More

GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD
HEAT

HEAT

by Mike Lupica | Read by Paolo Andino

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

Michael Arroyo is growing up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. He is the star pitcher of his Little League team, dreaming of pitching them to the Little League World Series. Everything is on track for his dream to come true; then he is benched until the birth certificate that didn’t make it out of Cuba with the family can be produced to prove he is only 12 and eligible to play.... Read More

HEAT
HITLER YOUTH

HITLER YOUTH Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow

Earphones Award Winner

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti | Read by Kathrin Kana

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

This Newbery Honor book is enhanced by the narration of Kathrin Kana, who voices the facts and information as a compelling story and leaves the listener to gradually become aware of the implications of Hitler’s plans for Germany and the Hitler Youth. Hitler’s exploitation of Germany’s young bought their devotion to the Nazi cause while blinding them to the true motives behind... Read More

HITLER YOUTH
THE HOBBIT

THE HOBBIT

by J.R.R. Tolkien | Read by Rob Inglis

Recorded Books
Classics Family Listening

Rob Inglis expertly bridges the gap between the whimsical, childlike aspects of Tolkien’s fantasy classic and the hints of darker things to come later in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Though content to enjoy his cozy life, cheerful hobbit Mr. Bilbo Baggins agrees to help his wizard friend Gandalf aid a group of dwarves seeking their lost treasure. As their various adventures ensue,... Read More

HOBBIT
JAZZ

JAZZ

by Walter Dean Myers | Read by James “D-Train” Williams, Vaneese Thomas

Live Oak Media
Children Family Listening

"Start with rhythm/ Start with the heart"—so begins this collection of Walter Dean Myers poems, where listeners will find plenty of rhythm and plenty of heart. R&B artists James "D-Train" Williams and Vaneese Thomas read and sing the 17 poems—joyful tributes to jazz and bebop, to the piano and the slide trombone, to Louis Armstrong and New Orleans—with energy and verve,... Read More

JAZZ
LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY

LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY

by Russell Freedman | Read by Robert Petkoff

Listening Library
Children Family Listening

This kid-friendly and informative biography will engage a wide audience of listeners. A 1988 Newbery Award winner, the book includes interesting stories that may be familiar (Lincoln's rugged, dirt-floor-poor early life) and other facts that may not (he hated being called "Abe"). As the author offers a glimpse of life at a very different time, Robert Petkoff blends a careful... Read More

LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY
LORD OF THE FLIES

LORD OF THE FLIES

Earphones Award Winner

by William Golding | Read by William Golding

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

A plane crashes on an uninhabited tropical island during wartime. A group of schoolboys--the sole survivors--form their own society, an experiment that quickly descends into chaos and death in Golding’s classic allegory. Listening Library recently rereleased this historic 1976 recording, and the timing could not be more apt. As CNN keeps viewers on edge with the latest military... Read More

LORD OF THE FLIES
THE MISFITS

THE MISFITS

by James Howe | Read by Spencer Murphy, a Full Cast

Full Cast Audio
Children Family Listening

Bobby Goodspeed is not your typical 12-year-old. He's probably the world's youngest tie salesman. He also meets his friends at the local Candy Kitchen for regular "forums." When his friend Addie decides they need to create a third political party for the school election, Bobby gets an idea that could really change Paintbrush Falls Middle School. An interview with the author... Read More

MISFITS
NORMAN TUTTLE ON THE LAST FRONTIER

NORMAN TUTTLE ON THE LAST FRONTIER

by Tom Bodett | Read by Tom Bodett

Listening Library
Young Adult Family Listening

Norman is at that awkward age when his body is growing too fast for his brain to keep up. He’s grounded so much he feels like a prisoner in a work-release program. He unwittingly finds it easier to offend Leonard Kopinski, class bully, than to impress Laura Magruder, girl of his dreams. Tom Bodett’s 15 separate but related stories weave a tale of humor, adventure, and... Read More

NORMAN TUTTLE ON THE LAST FRONTIER
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Ernest Hemingway | Read by Donald Sutherland

Simon & Schuster Audio
Classics Family Listening

Donald Sutherland’s gentle and thoughtful reading of the 1952 classic is spot-on perfect. The tale concerns an old fisherman in a Cuban village who, after an especially bad fishing season, sets out in his skiff, determined to bring in a big fish. By noon, the old man hooks a great marlin, but the powerful fish drags the skiff out to sea for two days. Challenged by starvation,... Read More

OLD MAN AND THE SEA
PRIVATE PEACEFUL

PRIVATE PEACEFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Morpurgo | Read by Jeff Woodman

Recorded Books
Young Adult Family Listening

The convergence of an eloquent manuscript and a noteworthy reading is only one of the highlights of PRIVATE PEACEFUL. Evocative language increases the realism of the flashbacks that tell the story of brothers Charlie and Thomas Peaceful. Combining scenes of WWI, life on an English estate, school, loving Molly, and a brother’s bond, the characterizations are exceptional. Jeff... Read More

PRIVATE PEACEFUL
SEABISCUIT

SEABISCUIT An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand | Read by George Newbern

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture Family Listening

Foregoing any bells and whistles, George Newbern’s understated narration is the ideal match for Hillenbrand’s sweeping account of how a small bay horse—an underdog with crooked legs, often described as ugly—came to be more important to the American psyche than President Roosevelt and the war against Hitler. Newbern’s unhurried pace and warm, comfortable timbre invite listeners... Read More

SEABISCUIT
SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

by Jennifer Armstrong | Read by Taylor Mali

AudioGo
History Family Listening

If you think it’s cold this winter, imagine being trapped from 1914 to 1916 on ice floes in Antarctica with barely enough food and too few tents and sleeping bags. Armstong’s vivid biography of Shackleton and his crew is brought to life by Taylor Mali. Excerpts from diaries and newspaper accounts, which flesh out this incredible adventure of survival in the harshest environment... Read More

SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD
SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE

SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE

by David Lubar | Read by Ryan MacConnell and the Full Cast Family

Full Cast Audio
Young Adult Family Listening

Scott Hudson has one goal for his freshman year: to survive. To cope with the expected (friends dumping him) and unexpected (mom’s pregnant!) changes of his first year of high school, Scott keeps a diary in the guise of writing advice to “Smelly,” his unborn brother. Full Cast Audio evokes the humorous growing pains of Scott, his friends, and family. Ryan MacConnell does an... Read More

SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE
THE SNOW QUEEN

THE SNOW QUEEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Hans Christian Andersen | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Blackstone Audio
Classics Family Listening

Katherine Kellgren's performance wrings all of the emotion and suspense from Andersen's classic tale of friendship, innocence, wickedness, and despair. In a large, crowded town, two children become as brother and sister. When Kai is struck by a shard of magical glass, his heart turns to ice, and he's captured by the evil Snow Queen. His loving playmate, Gerda, risks everything... Read More

SNOW QUEEN
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

by Harper Lee | Read by Sissy Spacek

Harper Audio/ Caedmon
Classics Family Listening

It’s good to be reminded of the power wielded by this classic of American literature. As the introductory music fades and Sissy Spacek begins her narration, we immediately enter the small town in the Deep South where all the timeless issues of kindness and cruelty, inclusion and prejudice are played out in a story told by a little girl named Scout. Instead of offering a range... Read More

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
THE WHALE RIDER

THE WHALE RIDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Witi Ihimaera | Read by Jay Laga'aia

Bolinda Audio
Young Adult Family Listening

The book behind the award-winning movie opens with the tale of the original whale rider, immersing the listener in the sweep of Maori culture at the heart of this remarkable story. The new young whale rider takes her rightful name, Kahu. The girl-child’s story is told by her uncle Rawiri: her breaking of the male chain of descendants, her rejection by her great-grandfather, her... Read More

WHALE RIDER

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