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)

The Diviners

by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy. Listening Library, 2012. 18 hours, 15 mins; 15 discs.

In the era of speakeasies and flappers, Evie is thrilled to be shipped off to her Uncle Will’s Museum of Creepy-Crawlies in New York City, where her newfound paranormal powers help her solve a gruesome series of murders. LaVoy manifests a large and varied cast, from showgirls to specters, musicians to maniacs.


by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren. Brilliance Audio, 2012. 7 hours, 49 mins; 7 discs.

Sunday’s fanciful, story-filled world is changed forever when she meets Grumble, an enchanted frog. But there is more to Grumble than meets the eye, and there is far more to Sunday’s magic than she knows. This fairytale mashup showcases Kellgren’s expressive range and her ability to keep this outlandish tale grounded with solid characterization.

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green, read by Kate Rudd. Brilliance Audio, 2011. 7 hours, 19 mins; 6 discs.

This recording perfectly captures the mercurial characters of Hazel Grace and Augustus, teens whose chance meeting in a cancer support group surprises them both as they embark on an emotional roller coaster of a journey.

The Fire Chronicle

by John Stephens, read by Jim Dale. Listening Library, 2012. 12 hours, 22 mins; 10 discs.

Kate is separated from her siblings by a hundred years, leaving Michael and Emma to find the second Book of Beginnings before she is lost to them forever. Master storyteller Jim Dale returns to this series with his trademark talent of crafting unique voices for many fantastical creatures.

The Freak Observer

by Blythe Woolston, read by Jessica Almasy. Brilliance Audio, 2011. 5 hours, 36 mins; 5 discs.

Loa struggles to cope with the nightmares and hallucinations of her PTSD, brought on by the deaths of her baby sister and, more recently, her childhood friend. Almasy’s distinctive voicing and phrasing are especially effective at revealing Loa’s personality, bringing to light deeper meanings in the text.

Graffiti Moon

by Cath Crowley, read by Ben MacLaine, Hamish R. Johnson, and Chelsea Bruland. Listening Library, 2012. 6 hours, 5 mins; 5 discs.

Lucy is on a mission to find Shadow, the urban graffiti artist to whose work she is drawn. But as the night unfolds, she may find that Shadow is closer than she thinks. Three Australian voices mesh to give this story an authentic sense of character, place, and point of view.

I Hunt Killers

by Barry Lyga, read by Charlie Thurston. AudioGo, 2012. 9 hours, 30 mins; 8 discs.

A chain of grisly murders implicates seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of notorious mass murderer Billy Dent. Transitions from character voices that are chilling to comedic are deftly handled. Thurston delivers a narration that matches the intensity of Lyga's violent, brutal -- and completely mesmerizing -- work.


by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle. Listening Library, 2011. 31 hours, 5 mins; 24 discs.

Former farm boy Eragon and his blue dragon Saphira marshall their allies and ready themselves for the final, unavoidable battle to dethrone the evil Galbatorix. Doyle’s artistry and consistency with voices carry the listener through this epic fantasy, and well-chosen musical interludes add dimension to the production

The Isle of Blood

by Rick Yancey, read by Steven Boyer. Recorded Books, 2011. 14 hours, 30 mins; 12 discs.

Apprentice monstrumologist Will Henry follows his master to Africa, searching for a creature that uses human body parts and toxic goo to create nests capable of turning people into monsters. Boyer’s understated, creepy narration heightens the delicious horror of this Gothic story.

A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness, read by Jason Isaacs. Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 2011. 4 hours, 1 min; 4 audio discs and 1 bonus disc.

Conor, coping with his mother's progressing cancer, is visited at night by a monster who craves the exchange of stories. Isaacs’s monster growls as Conor grieves, and his resonant voice mirrors the mood originally set by the book’s illustrations, which are included on an accompanying bonus disc.