2005 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults

The Audiobook and Media Exploration Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces its Selected List of Audiobooks for Young Adults.

The titles appearing 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.

Abomination, by Robert Swindells, narrated by Amanda Hulme, Bolinda, 2004, 3 discs, 3.5 hours, 1-7403-0909-X.

Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Novel, by Gennifer Choldenko, narrated by Johnny Heller, Recorded Books, 2004, 5 cassettes, 5.75 hours, 1-4025-6409-0.

Aleutian Sparrow,by Karen Hesse, narrated by Sarah Jones, Listening Library, 2003, 1 cassette, 1.75 hours, 0-8072-7961-3.

Battle of Jericho, by Sharon M. Draper, narrated by J.D. Jackson, Recorded Books, 2003, 6 cassettes, 8.25 hours, 1-4025-6485-6.

Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan, narrated by Annie Kozuch, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 4.25 hours, 1-4000-9088-1.

Blind Beauty,by K. M. Peyton, narrated by Nicki Praull, Bolinda, 2003, 6 cassettes, 9 hours, 1-7409-4250-8.

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, by Paula Danziger, narrated by Caitlin Brodnick and the Full Cast Audio Family, Full Cast Audio, 2004, 3 discs, 2.75 hours, 1-9320-7656-5.

The Dons, by Archimede Fusillo, narrated by Dino Marnika, Bolinda, 2003, 4 discs, 4 hours, 1-7409-3125-4.

Fault Line, by Janet Tashjian, narrated by Clara Bryant and Jason Harris, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 4 hours, 0-8072-2082-5.

First Part Last, by Angela Johnson, narrated by Khalipa Oldjohn and Kole Kristi, Listening Library, 2004, 1.75 hours, 1 cassette, 1-4000-9066-0.

Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen, narrated by Andy Paris and Carine Montertrand, Recorded Books, 2004, 5 cassettes, 7.25 hours, 1-4025-7307-3.

Girl Underground,by Morris Gleitzman, narrated by Mary-Anne Fahey, Bolinda, 2004, 3 discs, 3.5 hours, 1-7409-3526-8.

Golem’s Eye, by Jonathan Stroud, narrated by Simon Jones, Listening Library, 2004, 10 cassettes, 16.5 hours, 0-8072-1979-7.

Grand Canyons, by Donald Davis, August House, 2004, 1 disc, 49 minutes, 9-8748-3739.

Jennifer Government by Max Barry, narrated by Michael Kramer, Books on Tape, 2003, 6 cassettes, 9 hours, 0-7366-9102-4.

Keesha’s House, by Helen Frost, narrated by multiple readers, Recorded Books, 2004, 2 cassettes, 2.25 hours, 1-4025-9930-7.

Keys to the Kingdom series,by Garth Nix, narrated by Allan Corduner, Listening Library.

Mister Monday, 2003, 5 cassettes, 8 hours, 0-8072-1657-7.

Grim Tuesday, 2004, 4 cassettes, 7 hours, 0-8072-1728-X.

Kite Rider, by Geraldine McCaughrean,, narrated by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Audio Family, Full Cast Audio, 2004, 6 discs, 6.75 hours, 1-9320-7638-7.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, narrated by Jeff Woodman, HighBridge Audio, 2003, 7 cassettes, 11.5 hours, 1-5651-1779-4.

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?, by Eleanor Updale, narrated by Stephen Fry, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 5.25 hours, 0-8072-2370-0.

No Time Like Show Time , by Michael Hoeye, narrated by Campbell Scott, Listening Library, 2004, 0-8072-0887-6.

Peter and the Starcatchers,by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, narrated by Jim Dale, Brilliance Audio, 2004, 7 discs, 9 hours, 1-5935-5979-8.

Pirates,by Celia Rees, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie, Listening Library, 2004, 6 cassettes, 9 hours, 0-8072-2073-6.

Pool Boy,by Michael Simmons, narrated by Chad Lowe, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 3.5 hours, 0-8072-2323-9.

The River Between Us,by Richard Peck, narrated by Lina Patel with Daniel Passer, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 4 hours, 1-4000-8626-4.

Ruby in the Smoke,by Phillip Pullman, narrated by Anton Lesser, Listening Library, 2004, 4 cassettes, 6.5 hours, 1-4000-8512-8.

The Shadow in the North, by Philip Pullman, read by Anton Lesser, Listening Library, 2004, 6 cassettes, 9.5 hours, 1-4000-8971-9.

Shooter , by Walter Dean Myers, narrated by Chad Coleman, Bernie McInerny, and Michelle Santopietro, Recorded Books, 2004, 3 discs, 3.75 hours, 1-4025-8492-X.

The Three Documents That Made America: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the U.S.A. & The Bill of Rights, written and read by Sam Fink, documents read by Terry Bregy, Audio Bookshelf, 2004, 2 discs, 1.5 hour, 0-9741711-2-3.

Walking the
Choctaw Road, by Choctaw Storyteller Tim Tingle, Cinco Puntos Press, 2004, 0-9383-1782-2.

The Wee Free Men,by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, Harper’s Children Audio, 2003, 7 cassettes, 9 hours, 0-0605-6625-6.

Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, Harper Collins Audio, 2004, 8 discs, 9 hours, 0-0607-4768-4.

Members of the 2005 Audiobooks and Media Exploration Committee are: Carly M. Wiggins, Chair, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Sheila B. Anderson, Dover Public Library, Dover, Delaware; Josephine Caisse, Deschutes Public Library System, Bend, Oregon; LeNee K. Gatton, King County Library System, North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington; Pamela Spencer Holley, Hallwood, Virginia; Gail A. Richmond, Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, California; E.M. Roublow, Los Angeles Public Library, San Pedro, California; Amy E. Spaulding, Long Island University, Brookville, New York; Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, Maryland.