Audiobooks, 2010 List
The story of Daniel, a thirteen-year-old Jewish refugee from Germany who arrives in Cuba in 1939 is narrated in four different and eloquent voices. A short but memorable episode of a little known facet of the Holocaust period. Ages 10-14.
After a horrendous car accident, 17 year-old Mia navigates the slippery slope between life and death. Exquisite narration adeptly moves between the agony of those in the waiting room, the giddiness of events seen in flash backs, the despair of Mia’s boyfriend, and most vividly the voice of Mia on the brink of growing up…or not. Cello music wafts sparingly throughout. Ages 14+.
This coming of age story in the Alaskan wilderness sparkles to life with an inspired narrator and cast, bringing listeners the magic of living close to nature and traditional Alaskan beliefs. Survival drama abounds, complete with injured sled dogs and raging storms. Hearing the images in this book of diamond-shaped verses may be even effective than reading them. Ages 10-14.
Spectacular narration enriches this quiet tale of brains over brawn. His father dead and leg shattered, 12-year-old Odd runs away from his small Norse village. But when he meets Thor, Odin and Loki, all trapped in animal form and exiled from Asgard, Odd must use bravery, wit and wisdom to help them and, in turn, change his own fortunes. Ages 10-14.
Charles Darwin’s prestigious work on evolution examined species and how they adapted over time. Emma, Charles’s beloved wife, worried that his secular views would mean that they would be apart from one another in the after life. Landor’s clear narration provides an air of importance to this story of a most unusual couple. Ages 14+.
Growing up female in 1899 did not allow many choices. Callie, fortunately, has Grandpa and together they immerse themselves in natural science and forever change the course of Callie’s life. Ross’s performance makes Callie’s quest to become the woman she is meant to be a passionate and believable affair. Ages 10 -14.
The author / illustrator of this panoramic view of the Negro Baseball League’s impact on the history of the sport narrates these personal stories of hardship and sacrifice juxtaposed against comical and ironic anecdotes with great passion and conviction. Ages 10-14.
Jon Scieszka just may be the funniest man writing for kids today. We all know his background must have shaped his writing career…but who knew that “almost true” could be this hilarious. Scieszka’s own narration completes the perfect package. Ages 10-14.
Cynthia Holloway’s crisp reading of this book puts the listener right on the New York streets with savvy Miranda as she puzzles over the strange happenings among her friends, the actions of a vagrant, and a series of mysterious notes. Holloway’s young voice and skillful presentation ring true. Ages 10-14.