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Audiobooks, 2007 List

Frank Cottrell
Boyce
Jason Hughes
Harper Audio
9780061140433
$25.95
2006

Jason Hughes has the comic timing of a stand-up comedian in this hilarious story about the lone boy left in a small Welsh village. Interwoven with his loving family's efforts to revive a failing garage are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, million-dollar art, and a whole cast of entertaining eccentrics—perfect fodder for Hughes’ ebullient performance.

Doreen
Cronin
Angus T. Jones
Abrams
9780439905794
$29.95
2006

Spider's July 9th diary entry reads: "Today was my birthday. Grampa decided I was old enough to know the secret of a long, happy life: never fall asleep in a shoe." Sound effects, music, and deft pacing enhance this arachnid romp.

John
Flanagan
John Keating
Recorded Books
9781419393990
$77.75
2006

This launch of a four-part fantasy series follows young Will, who after abandoning his dream of Battleschool and knighthood, discovers that the dangerous work of a Ranger is every bit as exciting. Keating’s resonant voice and formal style capture the thrilling pace of the action as well as the heroism of a young boy growing into manhood.

Sally
Gardner
Juliet Stevenson
Listening Library
9780307284624
$50.00
2006

In journal form, this intricate tale stitches together politics, religion, rustic reality, and sorcery in Oliver Cromwell's London. Narrator Juliet Stevenson capitalizes on the author’s elegantly cadenced Victorian prose and focuses on the array of vivid images which introduce a shimmering fairy world lying just behind the veneer of ordinary life.

K.M.
Grant
Maggie Mash
Recorded Books
9781419394706
$74.75
2006

After the Crusades, the de Granville men return to England and find their estate in crisis. In this fast-paced sequel to Blood Red Horse, Mash continues her extraordinary performance, effortlessly delineating the wide cast of characters and plunging listeners directly into the passions, intrigues, and dangers of a tumultuous period in history.

Anthony
Horowitz
Simon Prebble
Recorded Books
9781428110205
$50.00
2006

In his sixth adventure, daring Alex Rider tries to outwit an unscrupulous Russian mogul planning to build a luxury hotel in outer space. Prebble's light British accent and slightly formal narration make the perfect foil for the bombs, bullets, and mayhem that riddle the breakneck plot.

Laurie
Keller
Michael
McKean
Weston Woods
9780439849180
$29.95
2006

What could be sillier than a schoolroom-full of rowdy incisors, capering canines and smug wisdom teeth learning about dental hygiene from jolly Dr. Flossman? A full cast not only narrates the text but also delivers comments, reads reports, tells jokes, and makes PA announcements. It all adds up to wacky fun.

Geraldine
McCaughrean
Ruth Sillers and Richard Morant
Chivers Children's Audio
9781405655576
$69.95
2006

Part psychological thriller, part survival story, a young girl’s uncle kidnaps her and so begins a mysterious trip to Antarctica in this novel filled with edge-of-your-seat plotting, gritty authenticity, and beautiful writing. Siller’s voice perfectly embodies the mercurial emotions of a teenage girl hindered by terrible shyness, a hearing impairment, and social awkwardness, while Morant brings almost unbearable poignancy to his portrayal of the vanished Captain Oates.

Catherine Gilbert
Murdock
Natalie Moore
Listening Library
9780739336120
$45.00
2006

After Hawley High School football quarterback Brian begins working on the family farm in exchange for D. J.’s training expertise, she decides to try out for her own Red Bend team. Narrator Natalie Moore melts into the character of D. J., and her bright, young voice brings out all the humor and longing in this affectionately told tale.