Multcolib Recommends: Audiobooks to make the miles fly by (for everyone)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp By Appelt, Kathi (Audiobook CD - 2013 ) CD Children APPELT Available in some locations

Annotation:A Texas tall tale? Featuring raccoon detectives, the Sugar Man, and a horde of rowdy wild pigs? Read by Lyle Lovett? 'nuff said! Also available to download.

Doll Bones
Doll Bones By Black, Holly (Audiobook CD - 2013 ) CD Children BLACK Available in some locations

Annotation:Three kids on the cusp of adolescence take off in the middle of the night possibly on the instructions of a very creepy bone (and we mean bone) china doll. Also available to download.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts By Choldenko, Gennifer (Audiobook CD - 2004 ) CD Children CHOLDENKO All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Moose moves to Alcatraz Island with his family when the tax-evading Al Capone was in residence. It turns out that Scarface may be able to do Moose a favor. Also available to download.

Half Moon Investigations
Half Moon Investigations By Colfer, Eoin (Audiobook CD - 2006 ) CD Children COLFER Available in some locations

Annotation:Fletcher Moon got his detective badge on the Internet and now a classmate wants him to solve a crime. But when he uncovers a conspiracy, it might be Fletcher who pays the price. Also available to download.

The Search for WondLa
The Search for WondLa By DiTerlizzi, Tony (Audiobook CD - 2010 ) CD Children DITERLIZZ Available in some locations

Annotation:Eva Nine, raised in the Sanctuary by the robot Muthr, is forced to flee to an unwelcoming surface where nothing is like what Muthr said it would be. Actress Teri Hatcher narrates. Also available to download.

Fortunately, the Milk
Fortunately, the Milk By Gaiman, Neil (Audiobook CD - 2013 ) CD Children GAIMAN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Dad just went out for a pint of milk for the kids' cereal, but when he finally returns, he has quite a story to tell. Author Gaiman narrates. Also available to download.

The Homework Machine
The Homework Machine By Gutman, Dan (Audiobook CD - 2007 ) CD Children GUTMAN All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:The four fifth graders at the 'underachieving' table have a secret -- a machine that will do their homework. What happens when the secret gets out?

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle By Jones, Diana Wynne (Audiobook CD - 2008 ) CD Children JONES All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Sophie Hatter is cursed and turned into an old woman, but the refuge she seeks inside Wizard Howl's castle may not be the safest place to wait out the witch.

Everything for A Dog
Everything for A Dog By Martin, Ann M. (Audiobook CD - 2009 ) CD Children MARTIN All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A dog in need of a home, a boy in need of a dog. But Henry's parents don't think he needs a dog, even though he's got everything all ready.

We Are the Ship
We Are the Ship The Story of Negro League Baseball By Nelson, Kadir (Audiobook CD - 2009 ) CD-j 796.357 NELSON Available in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized narrator relates his memories of the glory days of the Negro Leagues.

Airborn By Oppel, Kenneth (Audiobook CD - 2006 ) CD YA OPPEL Available in some locations

Annotation:Matt -- a young cabin boy on the magnificent airship, the Aurora -- finds himself unexpectedly on an adventure when he hears the dying words of a airshipwrecked scientist. A full cast narration.

The Wee Free Men
The Wee Free Men By Pratchett, Terry (Audiobook CD - 2005 ) CD YA PRATCHETT All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Tiffany Aching is a witch in training, but she needs the help of the Wee Free Men -- tiny, blue-skinned, and VERY EXCITABLE -- to help rescue her unfortunate baby brother. Also available to download.

Larklight A Rousing Tale of Fearless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space By Reeve, Philip (Audiobook CD - 2007 ) CD YA REEVE Available in some locations

Annotation:Art Mumby and his proper sister Myrtle set off from their home near the moon on a rousing tale ... well, the subtitle says it all.

The True Meaning of Smekday
The True Meaning of Smekday By Rex, Adam (Audiobook CD - 2010 ) CD Children REX All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A road-trip novel just perfect for a road trip. Possibly orphaned Tip takes her cat, fixes soupcans to her feet so she can drive the family car, and sets off to where she thinks her mother is -- the Happy Mouse Kingdom. But when she picks up J.Lo -- one of the invading alien Boov -- the trip takes another turn. Also available to download.

Wednesday Wars
Wednesday Wars By Schmidt, Gary D. (Book Plus CD - 2007 ) CD YA SCHMIDT Available in some locations

Annotation:Holling Hoodhood (forgive the name) spends Wednesday afternoons with a teacher reading Shakespeare and it doesn't turn out to be that bad. Also available to download.

Peak By Smith, Roland (Audiobook CD - 2007 ) CD YA SMITH All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Peak Marcello is sent to Nepal for some forced father-son bonding time with his mountain-climbing dad. Once he gets there, he realizes that his dad has something else in mind -- making Peak the youngest climber to ever reach the summit of Everest.

Young Fredle
Young Fredle By Voigt, Cynthia (Audiobook CD - 2011 ) CD Children VOIGT All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A young mouse eats the chocolate and finds himself flung out of this cozy kitchen nest into the great -- and scary -- outdoors. Also available to download.

Leviathan By Westerfeld, Scott (Audiobook CD - 2009 ) CD YA WESTERFEL Available in some locations

Annotation:In a steampunk Europe careening towards World War I, Deryn Sharpe (disguised as a boy) -- from the British Darwinists -- meets Crown Prince Alek -- from the German Clankers -- when the bioengineered whaleship Leviathan crashes in the Austrian Alps. Narrated by the actor Alan Cumming. Also available to download.

The Mysterious Howling
The Mysterious Howling By Wood, Maryrose (Audiobook CD - 2010 ) CD Children WOOD Available in some locations

Annotation:Book 1 in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the three wolfish foundlings meet their extraordinary governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. Also available to download.

Locomotion By Woodson, Jacqueline (Audiobook CD - 2011 ) CD Children WOODSON Available in some locations

Annotation:Lonnie Collins Motion writes poetry, which helps him face his fears and losses as he and his little sister are placed in different foster homes. Try the sequel: Peace, Locomotion.

Annotation:Each year, librarians select a few audiobooks as the best of the best for youth. Check them out for more road-trip listens.

Annotation:The Association for Library Services to Children produces this annual list of audiobooks and music for listeners ages 0 to 14. Check them out for more road-trip listens.

Annotation:The Young Adult Library Services Association produces this annual list of audiobooks for listeners ages 12 to 18. Check them out for more road-trip listens.

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Gearing up for a family road trip this summer? Looking forward to spending hours in the car with bored and restless children? It might be time for a good story! Pop these books in the player for hours of great family listening. Nothing too violent, scary, sexy or literary for this road trip, yet the adventures will make the miles fly by ... for all ages (you, too Mom and Dad). Buckle up!


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