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Audiobooks: More Favorites

Collection Development Librarian Kristi shares more of her favorite audiobook listens. Whether you are a fan of audiobooks or have never listened to one and don't know where to begin (and whether you are looking for something for children, teens, or adults), this list of audiobooks features more of the best listening experiences the medium can offer.

Be sure to check out Kristi's previous list of favorite audiobooks (from March 2013)!

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

When his wife dies and his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, depressed bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. As surprising as it is moving, this is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Reader Scott Brick, a well-known name in the audiobook industry, narrates with such sincerity and feeling that it is impossible to be unaffected by his reading of this story. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Adult Fiction, 2014

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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

A magical blend of historical fiction and folklore, well-paced and affecting. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Adult Fiction, 2013

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Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of "Veronica Mars: The Movie." When a college student goes missing while on spring break, Veronica, with help from her old friends and her trademark sass and smarts, is hired to investigate and is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime.

Listening to this audiobook, narrated by Veronica Mars herself Kristen Bell, is like experiencing a whole new episode of the TV show. And that's a good thing. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Adult Fiction, 2014

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods.

The book is structured as a character wistfully looking back at her childhood and reflecting on her life and relationships. The melancholy yet matter-of-fact narration is a perfect match for the book's tone and subject matter. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Adult Fiction, 2005

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Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Duff returns to his hometown of Detroit, once the richest city in American and now the nation's capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts, to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city. In doing so, he uncovers the deeply human drama of a city filled with some of the strongest—and strangest—people our country has to offer.

The audiobook's hard-boiled narration is especially effective for conveying the journalistic nature of the writing and the somewhat dystopian, though fascinating, subject matter. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Adult Nonfiction, 2013

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Charming intonations of 1920's slang and a twisty, thrilling plot highlight this fun mix of supernatural horror and historical fiction. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Teen Fiction, 2012

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

This is one of the most laugh-out-loud audiobooks I've ever listened to. The ridiculousness of the teenage boy is displayed in all its glory here, and reader Nick Podehl's interpretation of Carter's inner monologue and the various teenage characters is HILARIOUS.

Teen Fiction, 2009

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

There were sequences in this audiobook that left me absolutely breathless with their instensity. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Teen Fiction, 2007

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until she finally discovers a way to get it right.

Intense, emotional, and thought-provoking. I was so fully immersed that I never even thought about the fact that I was listening to an audiobook and not just hearing Sam's actual voice. A great listen. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Teen Fiction, 2010

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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

This book chronicles the story of the Titanic from construction to sinking to aftermath using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors of the the disaster.

Multiple voices read the real words of various people connected to the Titanic, which makes the tragedy even more real. The book itself contains some great primary sources that would be great to look at alongside listening to the audiobook. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Children's Nonfiction, 2012

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath

In this quirky and hilarious chapter book mystery, middle-schooler Madeline's parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, so she hires a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies--bunnies who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots.

The author reads the book herself and provides the perfect amount of personality and expressiveness to the unforgettable cast of characters.

Children's Fiction, 2012

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The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner. First title in "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place" series.

A great match between book and reader Katherine Kellgren, who has won multiple awards for her audiobook narration. She creates the perfect blend of the sweetness of the central relationships and the humor and wondrous ridiculousness of the plot. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Children's Fiction, 2010

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A Long Way From Chicago: A Novel in Stories by Richard Peck

A Chicago kid recounts the summers he and his sister spend with their unusual grandmother in her rural Illinois town in the 1930's.

I love this book and its companion novel A Year Down Yonder. The audiobook fully captures the wistful nostalgia as well as the adundant humor, both slyly deadpan and outrageously hilarious. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Children's Fiction, 1998