Audiobook Month: Audiobooks You Need to Listen To!

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This year, this space has been reserved for some of my bookish spotlights, but with audiobook month upon us, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite audiobooks with you! That is, audiobooks I think you should be listening to!

THE MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

the mysterious howlingThe Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #1) by Maryrose Wood

What is it about? 
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Why do you need to listen to it?
Well, mainly because the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is AWESOME at narrating this beauty. It’s also a LOT of fun. I guarantee that within the first minutes you will fall in love with the narration, the story, and the characters.

wonderWonder by R. J. Palencia

What is it about? 
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school?until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you?ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power. Wonder is a book with such a big, wide heart? it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures.

Why do you need to listen to it? 
This is a beautiful story about a boy, bullying, and the beauty of ALL life. Seriously, you will fal in love with Auggie and I bet you will shed a few tears in the process.

liesl and poLiesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

What is it about? 
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

Why do you need to listen to it? 
Right off the bat, I was completely in love with the narrator, Kei Acedera. This story is magical, fun, and such a joy to listen to. Lauren Oliver proves that she can write middle grade and write it well!

THE YA BOOKS

will grayson will graysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

What is it about? 
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

Why do you need to listen to it?
This is a book that NEEDS to be read via audiobook. One of the narrators, Nick Podehl, is absolutely AMAZING and really brings the characters to life. I also loved the contrast between Nick’s narration and MacLeod Andrews’s narration. Really, a great listen!

ready player oneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

What is it about? 
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Why do you need to listen to it? 
Will Wheaton is the narrator. Do I need to say more?

THE JUST BECAUSE’S

hitchhikersThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (THHGTTG, #1) by Douglas Adams

What is it about? 
Don’t panic! You’re not timetripping! It’s the tenth anniversary of the publication of Douglas Adams’s zany, best-selling novel, and to celebrate Harmony is reissuing a special edition of this cult classic!

By now the story is legendary. Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch earth-ling, is plucked from his planet by his friend Ford Prefect just seconds before it was demolished to make way for a hyper-space bypass. Ford, posing as an out-of-work actor, is a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Together the gruesome twosome begin their now-famous inter-galactic journey through time, space and best-sellerdom.

Why do you need to listen to it? 
The version I listened to was narrated by the author and had me BUSTING A GUT the whole time I was listening. Seriously, this story is best devoured through audiobook — especially if you’re like me and had already picked up the book a few times to read but always put it down. The audio will grab you right away!

stardustStardust by Neil Gaiman

What is it about? 
Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

Why do you need to listen to it? 
My honest answer? Because it’s Neil Gaiman and it’s awesome. Really, though, the story is so great and one that I’ve reread a few times. Love the audio version becuase Neil narrates and he’s just a natural storyteller.

This really is only a tasting of some of my favourites. Since I started listening to audiobooks in 2011, I’ve listened to over 70 of them … they’re really great for everything! And a fun way to read a book, too.

What are some of your favourite audiobooks you think that people need to listen to? 

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4 thoughts on “Audiobook Month: Audiobooks You Need to Listen To!

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  2. I really need to get back to listening to audiobooks. I don’t as much any more because I’m constantly listening for James to start crying…lol

    I have the first book you have listed that I need to listen to, as well as Ready Player One to listen to. Plus a whole slew of other books..lol I have yet to reactivate my Audible account because I have so many books to listen to still.

    • Oh you have to listen to Ready Player One! It’s sooooo good! I haven’t listened to any audiobooks, but I’m betting they’d be pretty good during naps when I have other things to do and can’t physically sit down with a book.

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