Well, the weeks are ticking down and Club Read will be ending on August 3rd. How many books away are you from finishing? Here’s a suggestion – try some audiobooks. Listen to a book anytime you would normally listen to music—during exercise, while driving, doing chores, etc. Combine audiobooks with your regular reading and you’ll be done in no time!
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) compiles an annual list called “Amazing Audiobooks” and then narrows it down further to a “Top Ten.” Here are a few that can easily be listened to in a few days:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, read by Ramón De Ocampo. 2 hours, 15 mins; 2 discs.
This is not only one of the shortest audiobooks listed, it’s also part of the “Top Ten.” Wimpy Kid books are constantly flying off library shelves and most patrons have to wait to get their hands on one. Not so with the audiobooks! Ramón De Ocampo has won numerous awards for his voice talent, and as Greg Heffley, he’s spot on!
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, read by Steven Boyer. 5 hours; 5 discs.
When I reviewed this book last year, I said, “If the Alex Rider series ever took Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen to a dance, it would probably look something like this. Over the top, but fun.” Steven Boyer’s accents and pacing make listening to this “prom night from hell” a real treat.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, read by Kate Rudd. 7 hours, 19 mins; 6 discs.
Here’s a bonus—by listening to The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll refrain from getting the hardbound edition all soggy! Deemed this year’s best in the teen category, it won the Audie award from the Audio Publishers Association. It was also selected by YALSA and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) as the 2013 Odyssey Award winner for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. If you’ve read and loved The Fault in Our Stars, then this is required listening. Kate Rudd captures Hazel’s distinctive voice and labored breathing so perfectly, be prepared to weep anew. (As a public service, you are warned NOT to put in the last disc if you’re driving.)
Have any other great audiobook suggestions? Leave them below in the comments!