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. Full list can be found here.

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2018 Selection(s)

The Beast Is an Animal

by Peternelle Van Arsdale, read by Candace Thaxton. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017. 8 hours, 51 minutes

In a world where soul eaters roam the countryside and evil is very real, Alys finds herself drawn to the very forest where the Beast makes its home. Candace Thaxton’s narration is well-paced and haunting, adding to the fairy-tale feel of the story.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson. HarperAudio, 2017. 10 hours, 47 minutes

During a Grand Tour of Europe that goes horribly awry, Henry “Monty” Montague must reconcile his roguish habits with his growing love for childhood-friend Percy. Coulson perfectly characterizes Monty’s vices and virtues in this romantic, swashbuckling, 18th-century adventure.

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin. HarperAudio, 2017. 11 hours, 45 minutes

Racial tensions build after Starr Carter witnesses her childhood friend, Khalil, killed by a police officer. Turpin’s performance of this gripping story is unadulterated perfection.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, read by Robbie Daymond. Listening Library, 2017; 11 hours, 53 minutes

It’s Sal’s senior year, and he is struggling with his future, his family, and his best friend.  Daymond’s narration amplifies all of Sal’s emotions and feelings, taking the reader on an emotional listening journey.

The Pearl Thief

by Elizabeth Wein, read by Maggie Service. Bolinda Audio, 2017. 7 hours, 55 minutes

When teenager Julie Beaufort-Stuart, the unforgettable heroine from Wein’s Code Name Verity, loses her grandfather and must help pack up her family’s ancestral estate, she is entangled in the mysterious disappearance of a London professor and her family’s collection of Scottish river pearls. Julie’s vivacity, love, and quest for justice is brought to life through Service’s captivating narration.

The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon, read by Dominic Hoffman, Raymond Lee, and Bahni Turpin. Listening Library, 2016. 8 hours, 4 minutes

Fact loving girl meets poetry-writing dreamer in this anything but typical love story. Dominic Hoffman, Raymond Lee, and Bahni Turpin’s unique voices prevent the shifting perspectives from becoming confusing and add even more layers to the already rich story.

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green, read by Kate Rudd. Listening Library, 2017. 7 hours, 15 minutes

Aza, a teenage girl who suffers from anxiety reluctantly looks into the disappearance of a childhood friend’s publicly disgraced missing father, while her best friend Daisy, encourages a romance between Aza and that childhood friend. Rudd narrates Aza’s anxiety with fortitude and honesty and Daisy with humor and wit.


by Steve Sheinkin, read by Mark Bramhill, Listening Library, 6 hours, 31 minutes

In 1904, Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner join together to make the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania’s football team a force to the reckoned with.  Bramhill’s narration breathes life into this book that is more than a story about a football team.

Who Killed Christopher Goodman?

by Allan Wolf, read by Jesse Lee, Nick Podehl, Lauren Ezzo, Scott Merriman, Scott Lange, Kate Rudd, Will Damron, and Whitney Dykhouse. Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 2017. 4 hours, 54 minutes

Alternating viewpoints of Doc Chestnut ‘The Sleepwalker’, Squib Kaplan ‘The Genius’, Hunger McCoy ‘The Good Ol’ Boy’, Hazel Turner ‘The Farm Girl’, Mildred Penny ‘The Stamp Collector’ and occasionally from the murderer himself complete this tale of tragedy.  The cast adds unique qualities to each character, especially the narrators of Squib and Hazel. 


2018 Selection(s)

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, read by Damaras Obi. Listening Library, 2017. 1 hour, 1 minute

Lowery’s compelling memoir recalls her teenage activism in the 1960s. Obi reads with a conviction and urgency that brings the civil rights movement to life and underscores its relevance today.