Multcolib My Librarian Diana: Young adult books that are better on audio
Annotation:This has a fabulous setting-- New York City in the 1920s-- wonderful characters, cool 1920s flapper slang, a very scary, possibly supernatural villain, and it was well-written, to boot. But the reader was genius, and made it even better. She beautifully gave voice to characters who differed in age, race, class and personality. There's a showgirl who sounds like Mae West, and the main character sounds a little like Gracie Allen. Delightful! First in a series. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:Julie, an upper crust Scottish spy and Maddie, a lower crust English pilot, are both true friends and a splendid team. A flight into occupied France doesn't go as planned. The first half of the book is told by Julie, and Maddie tells the second half. I loved the obvious depth of research, although it didn't make the story unwieldy at all. I loved the characters, and I loved the readers, who both had pleasant voices with appealing accents AND who were wonderful, funny, affecting actors as well. There's a sequel, too, Rose Under Fire, which is almost as good.
Annotation:Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be rewritten. There will be tears. I love John Green's smart, funny kids.
Annotation: Two misfits meet on the school bus (in the 80s) and are brought together by comic books and some of the music I loved in the 80s. Smart, wonderful dialogue, almost never too sappy. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:This is the first in the series about Nathaniel, an aspiring magician in an alternate reality of Regency England in which magicians hold all the power, and Bartimaeus, an old and powerful djinni who also happens to be one of the best and funniest characters I've ever found in a book. The reader is wonderful-- as Bartimeus, he goes from bone-chillingly scary to slavishly ingratiating to braggy in seconds. First in a series. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. First in a series. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:Two teens meet, in a very random way, and discover that they are both named Will Grayson. As a result of their meeting, their lives and loves take off in interesting ways.
Annotation:In a world where some people are born with extreme skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. This title is also available in digital audio book. First in a loosely connected series.
Annotation: Sarah Dessen's books are all pretty similar, coming-of-age stories about young women with few connections who make new ones. And they're all pretty good. I especially liked this one, which features enjoyably horrible academic parents and a sweet romance.
Annotation:Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. This title is also available in digital audio book. First in a loosely connected series.
Annotation:Death itself relates the moving story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. This title is also available in digital audio book.
Annotation:In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. But when her friend runs away to join the rumored resistance, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. This came out before The Hunger Games and is just as good. There's a movie in development-- listen to it quick! First in a series.
Annotation:By now you probably know the story of Katniss and the dystopian reality show fight-to-the-death, but let me tell you, it's wonderful on audio. The terrible gravity and injustice of this story is quietly expressed by the actor (as it really wasn't, quite, in the movie). First in a series. This title is also available in digital audio book.
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The books are good, AND the actors reading do an amazing job. These books are labeled Young Adult, but they can absolutely be enjoyed by adult listeners. When the books are available in downloadable audio, I've mentioned that in the annotation.