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Audiobooker’s Choice, Part Two

On to Part Two of Audiobooker’s Choice – a completely personal list of my suggestions for great audiobook listening for children & young adults (and grown-ups who love a good story). This isn’t an official “best of the best” where winners gain gold medals. Just my way of being your personal online audiobook librarian! Hope you found some titles to add to your must-listen in Audiobooker’s Choice Part One. Today’s outstanding selections are my favorite audiobooks with titles beginning with D-M. I’ll post the final list on Friday. Happy listening!

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners. By Laurie Keller. Narrated by Jack Sundrud and a full cast. Weston Woods.

Elijah of Buxton. By Christopher Paul Curtis. Narrated by Mirron E Willis. Random House/Listening Library.

Fairest. By Gail Carson Levine. Narrated by Sarah Naughton & the Full Cast Family. Full Cast Audio.

Give Peas a Chance. By Morris Gleitzman. Narrated by Morris Gleitzman and Ruth Schoenheimer. Bolinda Audio.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Narrated by Christina Moore & a full cast. Recorded Books.

The Graveyard Book. By Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman. Music by Bela Fleck. Harper Children’s Audio.

I’m Dirty! By Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan. Narrated by Steve Buscemi. Music by David Mansfield. Weston Woods.

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Animal Tales. By James Herriot. Narrated by Jim Dale. Macmillan Audio.

King for Kids: Featuring Recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Clayborne Carson. Hachette Audio.

Lock and Key. By Sarah Dessen. Narrated by Rebecca Soler. Penguin Audio.

Mack Made Movies. By Don Brown. Narrated by George Guidall. Live Oak Media.

Masterpiece. By Elise Broach. Narrated by Jeremy Davidson. Macmillan Audio.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

7 Comments on "Audiobooker’s Choice, Part Two"

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  1.' Sue-Ellen says:

    The Grammy nominees were announced Wednesday night. The nominated titles in spoken word category (childrens)are listed below. See for all nominees. As usual, some of these titles are not ones that spring to mind as best of the year.
    Around the Campfire: Buck Howdy with BB
    The Big One-Oh narrated by Dean Pitchford
    Brown Bear and Friends narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow
    The Cricket in Times Square narrated by Tony Shalhoub
    Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live (this is on Booklist 2008 Editors’ Choice list and contains both music and stories)
    Whether we agree or not, it’s always fun to see the Grammy nominees.

  2. Mary says:

    Thanks so much for the update, Sue-Ellen!

  3.' Deb says:

    I totally second Fairest by Gail Carson Levine, that is one book that has to be experienced in Audio. I loved the experience of escaping into her fairy tale world.
    Great list, thanks!

  4.' Cass says:

    I just finished Elijah of Buxton. By Christopher Paul Curtis. Omagosh!! The voices and dialect captured by Mr.Willis are so endearing to the African American community. Mr. Curtis with his gift of storytelling always comes through with a humorous and down-to-earth snippet of history that make you feel so doggone fra-gile.

  5.' Priscilla says:

    I loved Graveyard Book and would definitely put a plug in for Well Witched by Frances Hardinge
    Narrated by Bianca Amato

  6.' Ed Spicer says:

    I finally GOT Good Masters, Sweet Ladies by listening to it. This is a magnificent audio book!

    Elijah of Buxton is a book that I listened to on my way to the University of Rochester, which allowed me to stop in Buxton, visit the museum, and take pictures. This made for an especially enjoyable audio experience.

  7. Mary says:

    Priscilla, I have Well Witched on my to-listen shelf and have moved it to the top of the stack now! So many audiobooks, so little time…

    And Ed, don’t you think the Good Masters book should absolutely be packaged with the audiobook? Once you HEAR it, the book alone seems incomplete!


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