Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

About the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
To select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years.

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2013 Selection(s)

Almost Perfect

by Brian Katcher, read by Kirby Heyborne. Listening Library, 2011. 10 hours, 40 mins; 9 discs.

The arrival of formerly homeschooled Sage -- self-aware and unique -- forces eighteen-year-old Logan to question who he is and whom he loves. Heyborne brings to the surface the tension and angst of both teens’ outbursts as Sage reveals that she is transgender.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

by Eoin Colfer, read by Nathaniel Parker. Listening Library, 2012. 7 hours, 40 mins; 6 discs.

This story immerses listeners in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi -- Artemis Fowl's archenemy. Nathaniel Parker's energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

by Joe Schreiber, read by Steven Boyer. Recorded Books, 2011. 5 hours; 5 discs.

Ferris Bueller meets Kill Bill. On prom night, Perry discovers that Gobi, his family’s dishwater-dull Lithuanian exchange student, is actually a beautiful and deadly assassin. Boyer successfully juggles an assortment of accents in this madcap adventure that speeds along as fast as Perry’s father’s Jaguar.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

by Jess Rothenberg, read by Suzy Jackson. Recorded Books, 2012. 9 hours, 30 mins; 8 discs.

Brie died of a broken heart -- literally. Now in the afterlife, she learns what love and friendship are really about with the help of irreverent Patrick and malevolent Larkin. With humor and song, Jackson takes readers along on Brie’s emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey.

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell. Bolinda, 2012. 10 hours; 9 discs.

The intertwined lives of two young British women, a pilot and a wireless operator, are transformed by World War II when one is lost behind enemy lines. Christie and Gaskell’s masterful use of both voice and pace heightens the nail-biting tension in this haunting narration.


by Niall Leonard, read by Daniel Weyman. Listening Library, 2012. 6 hours, 42 mins; 6 discs.

Prime suspect in the murder of his father, Finn Maguire is forced to overcome his own failings as he tumbles along the trail of clues to save himself. Fast-paced and gritty, Weyman’s narration highlights the emotional aspect of Finn’s by-the-seat-of-his-pants investigation.

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip

by Jordan Sonnenblick, read by Luke Daniels. Brilliance Audio, 2011. 5 hours, 8 mins; 5 discs.

When Pete's future as a high school baseball star is shattered by injury, he immerses himself in photography with his grandfather but worries about the man’s emerging Alzheimer’s disease. Daniels accurately captures the pair’s fear and shame in a narration free of sentimentality, laced with humor, and filled with love.

Dancing Carl

by Gary Paulsen, read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance Audio, 2012. 2 hours, 21 mins; 2 discs

The year Marsh and Willy turn twelve, they have a life-changing encounter with troubled war veteran Carl, the unofficial caretaker of the community ice rink. Podehl and Paulsen are a perfect team, revealing characters’ vulnerability and the story’s deeper themes.


2013 Selection(s)

Warriors Don't Cry

by Melba Pattillo Beals, read by Lisa Renee Pitts. Tantor Audio, 2011. 13 hours; 10 discs. 2 MP3 CDs. 978-1-4526-5494-2. $29.99.

In 1957, nine African-American students became the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beals’s memoir details the daily harassment, name-calling, and physical attacks to which she could not respond. Hearing Pitts passionately deliver the epithets hurled at Beals and her eight fellow students heightens the visceral, personal impact of this classic work.


by Rosalyn Schanzer, read by Jessica Almasy. Recorded Books, 2012. 2 hours, 25 mins; 2 discs.

The context for the Salem Witch Trials, their unfolding, and their consequences are related in this carefully-researched title. Almasy revels in the scandal and outrage propelling the events without trivializing the historical accuracy, clearly offsetting direct quotations and acknowledging primary sources.