June is Audio Book Month, according to the good people at the Audio Publishers Association. As part of the Youth Media Awards, the Association for Library Services for Children (a division of ALA) gives out the Odyssey award, for best audio books for children or teens. Here are some teen winners from the last few years!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd. Hazel is dying of cancer, but gets a last chance at life when she meets August in her Cancer Support Group. This won in 2013.
Artemis Fowl 8: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker. In the final book of the series, Artemis's arch-enemy, the evil pixie Opal is going to destroy the world, unless Artemis, Butler, Holly, and Foaly can stop her. This was a 2013 honor. If you're new to the series, you'll want to start with the first book, Artemis Fowl.
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren. In 1872, Syrenka fell in love with a human and left the ocean. Today, Hester works at a historical reenactment site and fears dying in childbirth, like every woman in her family for generations. Syrenka's decision has consequences that linger, and as the stories intertwine, Hester's determined to figure them out. This was a 2013 honor.
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne. After his mother dies, Joey is sent to live with a father he doesn't know, far away from his friends and the life he's known. It gets harder when he discovers his father is a grave-robber. This won in 2012.
Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson. Cole's mom has had enough, and drives through the night to drop him on his father's doorstep. Suddenly, Cole is thrust into a crazy world where the rough streets of Philly host horses, but the city keeps trying to shut them down. This was a 2012 honor.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand and Fiona Hardingham. Every year there is a race on water horses that want to drown and eat their riders. Sean is the reigning champion. Puck, the first girl to ever enter, needs to win to keep her home. This was a 2012 honor.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl. Todd lives in a world of men (there are no women left) where everyone can hear each other's thoughts. But when Todd and his dog discover something, the only way to keep it a secret is to run away, so there's no one around to hear what they're thinking about. This was an honor in 2011. The first in the Chaos Walking trilogy, follow it with The Ask and the Answer.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering. Andi blames herself for her brother's death--the event that caused her family to disintegrate. When he discovers she's going to fail out of school, Andi's father comes back from Paris to collect her and to check her mother into a psych ward. In Paris, her father is researching a heart that may have belonged to Louis-Charles, a prince killed in the Revolution who happens to have Andi's brother's eyes. When Andi finds the diary of a street performer and friend of the murdered prince, she gets caught up in the horrors of the revolution and when they two story lines finally merge... This was an honor book in 2011.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. Two high school students, both named Will Grayson, are having a horrible night when they meet. Then one Will Grayson starts dating the other Will Grayson's best friend. There's a girl named Jane, who has a boyfriend. There's a musical written, directed, choreographed, etc etc etc and starring Tiny Cooper, the said boy/best friend and the gayest large person on the plant, or the largest gay person. The best part about this in audio is they SING the musical bit, which you can't get in the print version. This was a 2011 honor.
What are your favorite audio books? Who are your favorite narrators?
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