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Youth/YA Audiobooks That Are Great For Adults Too!


Recommended by Beth, a patron of the Canton Public Library.

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The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo
1315934.jpg The audio experience brings this book to a whole new level. Graeme Malcolm's reading is fantastic, complete with wonderful voices for each of the characters. He does at least five different accents for the many nationalities represented in the story.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Collection

by Tony Di Terlizzi & Holly Black
1364683.jpg These audiobooks are excellent! There is fun, creepy-sounding music to close out each chapter, and the reader does great voices for all of the crazy characters, like hobgoblins and dwarves. Definitely a better reading than I would do for myself.

The Last Book in the Universe

by Rodman Philbrick
lastbook.jpg The story is a truly excellent one, about a kid living in the future who goes on a journey beyond his means and station to save his little sister. The audio reading is equally good. The reader somehow gives his voice a mysterious and tense quality that fits perfectly with the story. A great choice for any sci-fi fan!

Romiette and Julio

by Sharon Draper
romiette.jpg This wonderful, modernized version of Romeo and Juliet is brought to life in the audio version. Two kids from different cultures and places form a deep friendship and fall in love over immense odds. The reader brings fantastic voice to the characters, speaking accurate, well-accented Spanish and capturing the teenaged tone simultaneously.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green

by Karen Cushman
1429698.jpg The story of a pre-teen girl recovering from World War II and experiencing the Cold War first hand is impressive on its own. But hearing Anaka Shockley read it with such a naive quality, so fitting with the character, makes the story much more moving. Worth a listen!