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Audiobooker’s Choice, Part Three

Here is Part Three 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). Part One includes titles beginning with A-C, Part Two has D-M, and today we have the end of the alphabet. Now you have a holiday shopping list – do your part in creating a young audiobook aficionado, and spread the cheer of sound literature!

Nation. By Terry Pratchett. Narrated by Stephen Briggs. Harper Children’s Audio.

One-Handed Catch. By Mary Jane Auch. Narrated by Ryan Sparkes and the Full Cast Family. Full Cast Audio.

Peeled. By Joan Bauer. Narrated by Kathe Mazur. Random House/Listening Library.

Playing with Fire. By Derek Landy. Narrated by Rupert Degas. HarperCollins Audio.

The Poet’s Corner: the One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family. By John Lithgow. Narrated by John Lithgow. Hachette Audio.

Puddlejumpers. By Mark Jean and Christopher Carlson. Narrated by Sean Kenin. Random House/Listening Library.

Robinson Crusoe. By Daniel Defoe. Narrated by Simon Vance. Tantor Audio.

Sunrise over Fallujah. By Walter Dean Myers. Narrated by J. D. Jackson. Recorded Books.

The Sword in the Stone. By T. H. White. Narrated by Neville Jason. Naxos Audio.

A Thousand Never Evers. By Shana Burg. Narrated by Kenya Brome. Random House/Listening Library.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Narrated by Paul Giamatti. Weston Woods.



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.

6 Comments on "Audiobooker’s Choice, Part Three"

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  1.' Christopher Carlson says:

    Hi. I’m the co-author of PUDDLEJUMPERS with Mark Jean, Not the narrator!

    Thanks very much for including our book in your list.

  2. Mary says:

    Hello Christopher!

    Thanks for catching my mistake. I guess I was a bit distracted when posting by the pending birth of my very first grandchild, the perfectly beautiful Mia Elizabeth Marie Burkey 😉

  3.' Karen says:

    Agree that Book of a Thousand Days is wonderful. And certainly the audio of Good Masters, Sweet Ladies makes the book much more appealing. The story of Well Witched by F. Hardinge is worthy of mention, perhaps honor level. True Story of the Three Little Pigs is great!

  4.' Amy says:


    Thanks so much for doing this! Now I have some suggestions for new audios, since they no longer come to my door in those big, long-awaited, yet dreaded (at the end) boxes. I LOVED Skullduggery Pleasant on audio. It was so well-narrated, funny and the best one I have listened to in a long time, so I am anxiously awaiting the sequel on audio. I am glad to see it made your list–now I can look forward to it even more.

    I am curious about Peeled, though. I was rather disappointed in the book and am wondering if this was a case where the narration made the audio better than the book, or if I was just too critical of the book. What are your thoughts?


  5.' Colleen says:

    I thought that Tunnels by Roderick Gordon would make your list. The depictions of things the characters encountered was so fascinatingly gruesome at times, but so absorbing. It was kind of Sci-fi, horror and fantasy all rolled into one. Maybe not horror in terms of being scary, but definitely horrific at times! It all seemed so real. I could tell by the way it ended that a sequel would come and now it is out-Deeper! Tunnels is not cheap but Recorded Books picked a great narrator-our library added it to our YA collection but I see some libraries have added it to their juv. collections.

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