Awesome Audiobooks for Family Road Trips
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy collects his classmates' stories about fellow 6th grader Dwight’s Origami Yoda to determine whether the finger puppet really possesses special wisdom. Celebrate this quirky story the narrators do in this entertaining listen. Ages 8+.
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Full of romance and complex emotions, this scandalous story is set immediately following the end of World War II. Narrator Caitlin Greer personifies the longing and desire of a 15-year-old girl coming of age during a turbulent time in history. Ages 13+.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Eli's billionaire father built the Compound to protect his family from nuclear devastation. Now, six years have passed and Eli finally begins to question his reality. Christopher Lane's intense, well-paced narration adds to the pulse-pounding intensity of this non-stop thrill ride. Ages 12+.
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Liam, a 12-year-old who looks 30, finds himself in over his head when he cons his way into being the "responsible dad" on the first space flight for kids. Narrator Kirby Heyborne delivers an understated yet effective performance of a kid discovering his inner "dadliness." Ages 10+.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
When a plane full of Miss Teen Dream contestants crashes on a deserted island, they must learn to find food, make shelter, and survive without bronzer. Listeners will revel in Bray's over-the-top narration and embellishments which elevate the text to a "whole new world of pretty." Ages 14+.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Katarina Bishop's escape from the family business of stealing valuable art pieces is cut short when a powerful mobster pins the theft of his secret works on her father. Narrator Angela Dawe does an amazing job of creating a range of characters in this high stakes adventure in which Katarina races against time to find and steal back the missing paintings in order to save her father's life. Ages 12+.
Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford
Carter lets his ego get the best of him when he is cast in a movie opposite superstar Hillary Idaho. Nick Podehl's narration captures both the comedy and tragedy of Carter’s real world problems. Ages 13+.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
On a whim, Auden decides to spend the summer with her father and his family. Despite her desire to remain emotionally distant from the drama that is in the house, Auden finds herself lending her stepmother a reluctant hand. Rachel Botchan brings Auden to life. It is as if Auden herself is sharing the story of her summer over a cup of coffee in a late night diner. Ages 13+.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Finn is an inmate in Incarceron, a prison sealed off from the rest of the world. The warden's daughter, Claudia, is imprisoned by an oppressive society. When they each find a mysterious key that allows them to communicate, they begin to work together to escape their individual prisons. Narrator Kim Mai Guest portrays the myriad of characters while nailing the pacing of the story. Ages 12+.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Pursued by a knife-wielding killer, young orphan Bod Owens is taken in by the spirits of a graveyard. Wanting to learn about life beyond the cemetery gates, Bod must face the dangers that await him. Listeners cannot help but be captivated by Bod's tale through the voice of master storyteller Gaiman, who evokes the horror, humor, and heartbreak of an unusual boy raised by ghosts. Ages 10+.
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
In their misguided grief, three friends decide the funeral for Ross, one of their best mates, wasn't what he would have wanted. To remedy the situation, they steal his ashes and hit the road for a Ross-inspired adventure. Bruce Mann's voice and dialect give a strong sense of place while depicting the vulnerability of these teen characters. Ages 13+.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
After fate brings two boys with the same name together, their lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Macleod Andrews and Nick Podehl give brilliant performances in this story of identity, friendship and falling in love. Listeners will be riveted from the opening bars to the final triumphant notes. Ages 14+.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald
Charlie Joe hates reading, but must get creative to avoid it when he's assigned a major research paper. Channeling a frenetic middle schooler, Narrator MacLeod Andrews perfectly captures the inner workings of Charlie Joe's devious mind. Ages 10+.
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
None of the sixth graders on the Air Force base know what to think of their theatrical new teacher Miss Loupe, but when her brother goes missing in Afghanistan, the whole school finds a way to help. Narrator Jessica Almasy's distinct voice and inflections uncover subtle dimensions in the text. Ages 11+.
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Identical twins with seemingly perfect parents are living an illusion. Laura Flanagan does a fabulous job at giving the twins unique voices, differentiating the intonation and attitude in the written word for both. Ages 14+.
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Sam, the son of a civil rights leader and brother of a member of the Black Panthers, observes the injustice around him and tries to decide if he should follow the path of his brother, his father, or to forge his own. Dion Graham's deep, gentle voice fits Sam perfectly as he contemplates the world and his place in it. Ages 12+.
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Jacky is quickly becoming a respected ship's boy aboard the HMS Dolphin. But Jacky has a secret that she is struggling to keep from everyone on the ship –- she's a girl. Narrator Katherine Kellgren's Cockney accent brings this rousing tale to life. Ages 12+.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Le Cirque des Reves is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. Behind the scenes, though, a duel is underway between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood. Despite themselves, they fall in love with one another. The outcome of their duel and their love will determine the fates of everyone involved with the circus. The sonorous voice of narrator Jim Dale (who also read the Harry Potter books) draws listeners in to this magical world. Ages 12+.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
There is no such thing as privacy in New World, a place where men's thoughts are broadcast for all to hear. When Todd discovers a hole of quiet in the chaos, he is forced to run for his life, only to discover that everything he'd been led to believe about New World is untrue. Narrator Nick Podehl does a superior job of bringing the cacophonous Noise and the chaos of Todd's escape to life. Ages 14+.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon finds a mysterious stone that turns out to be a dragon's egg, and he and his dragon encounter much good and evil in this exciting fantasy. Narrator Gerard Doyle creates a multitude of voices for this epic tale. Ages 11+.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a meteor collides with the moon and pushes it closer to the Earth, Miranda and her family's lives change drastically. Emily Bauer tells this funny, frightening, realistic story of survival, family and hope. Ages 11+.
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Narrator Stephen Briggs's crisp, precise British narration artfully enhances Terry Pratchett's survival story focusing on 13-year-old Mau and British teen Daphne, the sole survivors of a tsunami. Ages 11+.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Crivens! Tiffany Aching has danced with the Wintersmith and he is determined to have her for his bride. Stephen Briggs reads quickly, keeping this novel on a breakneck pace. Ages 11+.
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Raised by the Order of Engineers, Fever Crumb finds her engineer rationality tested as she discovers more about her identity in the dystopian world in which she lives. Author Philip Reeve brings an extra element to his riveting story with an author's note and an added scene. Ages 12+.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Doug's move to a small town and his subsequent connection to a librarian and a copy of Audobon's Birds of America offer him a chance to be something other than a hoodlum in training. Narrator Lincoln Hoppe's nuanced delivery gives voice to the community of characters that help Doug find a new direction. Ages 10+.
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
For Bruiser, getting close to people can be more painful than anyone knows, so his relationship with Bronte and her dysfunctional family could be deadly. Four talented narrators lend their voices to this intense story. Ages 12+.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The stakes are high for Sean and Puck in their island's annual race of savage water horses. Narrators Steve West and Fiona Hardingham's lyrical narration evokes the atmosphere of a rugged island culture forever bound to fearsome mythical creatures. Ages 13+.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
To finish his senior year at the high school of his choice, Marcelo accepts his father's condition that he spend the summer working at his law firm. Narrator Lincoln Hoppe becomes Marcelo in this remarkable performance that takes the listener right into the heart of his struggles to make sense of the world. Ages 14+.
The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Wise-cracking djinni Bartimaeus finds himself at King Solomon's court in an unexpected alliance with a female assassin who is attempting to steal the king's magic ring. Simon Jones's fantastical narration animates a cast of larger-than-life creatures. Ages 10+.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In this steampunk adventure, Austrian Prince Alek is on the run from assassins. To save his life and his empire, he forms an alliance with Deryn, a member of the British War Service, who just happens to be a girl disguised as a boy. Alan Cumming's narration takes listeners into the heart of the action as heavy Clanker machinery and unique Darwinist creations collide. Ages 12+.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Will Henry is the assistant to the Monstrumologist, Dr. Warthrop. Together they encounter the Anthropophagi, horrible human-eating creatures. Set in the 1800s, this richly descriptive horror tale is vivid and imaginative. Narrator Stephen Boyer paints a frightening yet intriguing picture of Will Henry’s world. Ages 13+.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
YA Audiobook 920 B
Narrator L.J. Ganser revels in descriptions of the gory, gruesome, and grotesque deaths of nineteen famous people in this engrossing work of nonfiction. Ages 8+.