Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults
The Audio Book and Media Exploration Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, announces its fifth Selected List of Audiobooks for Young Adults.
The titles appearing here have been selected from the past two years of spoken word releases. They have been selected for their appeal to a teen audience, the quality of their recording, and because they enhance the audience’s appreciation of any written work on which they may be based. While the list as a whole addresses the interests and needs of young adults ranging in age from 12 to 18, individual titles may appeal to parts of that range rather than to its whole.
All-American Girl, by Meg Cabot, read by Ariadne Meyers, Listening Library, 2002, 5 cassettes, 7 hours, 0-8072-0902-3.
The Beetle and Me: A Love Story, by Karen Romano Young, read by Julie Dretzin, Recorded Books, 2001, 4 cassettes, 5.75 hours, 0-7887-5017-8.
Breathing Underwater, by Alex Flinn, read by Jon Cryer, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 5 hours and 8 minutes, 0-8072-0686-5.
Catalyst, by Laurie Halse Anderson, read by Samantha Mathis, Listening Library, 2002, 4 cassettes, 6 hours, 0-8072-0940-6.
Devil’s Island, by David Harris, read by Peter Hardy, Bolinda Audio, 2001, 2 cassettes, 2 hours and 30 minutes, 1-74030-355-5.
Firehouse, by David Halberstam, read by Mel Foster, BrillianceAudio, 200?, 4 cassettes, 5 hours, ISBN 1-59086-344-5.
Forged by Fire, by Sharon M. Draper, read by Thomas Penny, Recorded books, 2002, 3 cassettes, 3.75 hours, 1-4025-0892-1.
A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton-Porter, read by Christina Moore, Recorded Books, 2001, 9 cassettes, 12 hours, 0-7887-5106-9.
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, read by Chad Lowe, Listening Library, 2002, 4 cassettes, 6 hours and 30 minutes, 0-8072-0923-6.
Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff, read by Heather Alicia Simms, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 3 hours and 33 minutes, 0-8072-0689-X; and True Believer, by Virginia Euwer Wolff, read by Heather Alicia Simms, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 3.75 hours, 0-8072-0692-X.
Martin Luther King, Jr., by Marshall Frady, read by the author, Books on Tape, 2002, 5 cassettes, 7.5 hours, 0-7366-8491-3.
The Rag and Bone Shop, by Robert Cormier, read by Scott Shina, Recorded Books, 2002, 2 cassettes, 3 hours, 01-4025-1028-4.
Sabriel, by Garth Nix, read by Tim Curry, Listening Library, 2002, 7 cassettes, 10 hours and 40 minutes, 0-8072-0563-X; and Lirael, by Garth Nix, read by Tim Curry, Listening Library, 2002, 9 cassettes, 14 hours and 44 minutes, 0-8072-0564-8.
The Secret Armies: Spies, Counterspies, and Saboteurs in World War II, by Albert Marrin, read by Johnny Heller, Recorded Books, 2001, 4 cassettes, 5.5 hours, 0-7887-5511-0.
The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, read by Michael Maloney, Listening Library, 2001, 6 cassettes, 7 hours and 51 minutes, 0-8072-0546-X.
Seek, by Paul Fleischman, dramatized by Ben Fred, David Minnick, Kari Wishingrad, Vonya Morris, Richard Goodman, Randi Merzon, Anne Galjour, and Clark Taylor, Listening Library, 2002, 2 cassettes, 2 hours and 42 minutes, 0-8072-0821-3.
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, read by Scott Snively, Audio Bookshelf, 2002, 4 cassettes, 6 hours, 1-883332-49-4.
A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park, read by Graeme Malcolm, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 3 hours and 12 minutes, 0-8072-0702-0.
Son of the Mob, by Gordon Korman, read by Max Casella, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 4 hours and 36 minutes, 0-8072-0971-6.
Spite Fences, by Trudy Krisher, read by Kate Forbes, Recorded Books, 2001, 6 cassettes, 8.5 hours, 0-7887-8971-6.
A Step from Heaven, by An Na, read by Jina Oh, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 4 hours and 14 minutes, 0-8072-0722-5.
Time Stops for No Mouse: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure, by Michael Hoeye, read by Campbell Scott, Listening Library, 2002, 4 cassettes, 5 hours and 30 minutes, 0-8072-0847-7.
Troy, by Adèle Geras, read by Miriam Margolyes, Listening Library, 2002, 6 cassettes, 10 hours and 6 minutes, 0-8072-0599-0.
Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher, read by Brian Corrigan, Listening Library, 2002, 4 cassettes, 6 hours and 31 minutes, 0-8072-0709-8.
The Witch in the Lake, by Anna Fienberg, read by Melissa Eccleston, Lousi Braille Audio, 2001, 5 compact discs, 0-7320-2535-4.
Wolf on the Fold, by Judith Clarke, read by Dino Marnika, Bolinda Audio, 2001, 3 cassettes, 3 hours and 35 minutes, 1-74030-622-8.
Zazoo, by Richard Mosher, read by Joanna Wyatt, Listening Library, 2002, 5 cassettes, 8.5 hours, 0-8072-0840-X.
Committee members include: Chair, Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley, CA; Jerene Battisti, Renton, WA; Kathleen Degyansky, Woodside, NY; Susan Hawk, Decatur, GA; Mary Hennessey, East Lansing, MI; Pam Spencer Holley, Virginia Beach, VA; E.M. Roublow, Los Angeles, CA; Jamie Lynn Watson, Baltimore, MD; and Carly Wiggins, Fort Wayne, IN.