2004 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 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.


by Garth Nix, narrated by Tim Curry, Listening Library, 2003, 9 cassettes, 11 hours, 0-8072-0560-5.

Alice, I Think,

by Susan Juby, narrated by Angela Goethals, Recorded Books, 2003, 5 cassettes, 6.5 hours 1-4025- 6446-5.

Alt Ed,

by Catherine Atkins, read by Johanna Parker, Recorded Books 2003,
4 cassettes, 5 hours, 1-4025-5904-6.

The Amulet of Samarkand,

by Jonathan Stroud, read by Simon Jones, Listening Library, 2003, 8 cassettes, 13.5 hours, 0-8072-1954-1.

At the Crossing Places,
by Kevin Crossley-Holland, read by Michael Maloney, Listening Library, 2002, 6 cassettes, 9 hours 6 minutes,

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, read by B.D. Wong, Books on Tape, 2002, 3 cassettes, 4 hours 30 minutes, 0-7366-8847-1.

Boys of Blood and Bone,
by David Metzenthen, read by Francis Greenslade, Louis Braille Audio, 2003, 8
9 and ¾ hours, 0-7320-2750-0.


by Deborah Ellis, read by Rita Wolf, Listening Library, 2002, 2 cassettes 3 hours, 0-8072-0974-0.

Canning Season,

by Polly Horvath, narrated by Julie Dretzin, Recorded Books, 2003, 4 cassettes, 6 hours, 1-4025-5894-5.

The Chosen,

by Chaim Potok, read by Jonathan Davis, Recorded Books, 2003, 8 cassettes, 10.75 hours, 1-4025-2199-5.

A Christmas Carol,

Charles Dickens, read by Jim Dale, Listening Library, 2003, 2 cassettes, 3 hours, 1-40008605-1.

Dragon’s Kin,
by Anne McCaffery and Todd McCaffrey, read by Dick Hill,
Brilliance, 2003, 7 discs, 8 hours,


by David Lubar, read by Matt Golden and the Full Cast Family, Full Cast Audio, 2002, 4 cassettes, 6 hours, 1-932076-08-5.

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle, Listening Library, 2003, 10 cassettes,
16 hours 23 minutes,

Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going, read by Matthew Lillard, Listening Library, 2003, 4 cassettes,
5 hours 43 minutes,


by M.T. Anderson, read by David Baron Baker, Listening Library, 2003,
3 cassettes
5 hrs 1 minute,

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K.
Rowling, read by Jim Dale, Listening Library, 2003, 23 discs, 26.5 hours, 0807220299

Harry enters adolescence in his fifth year at Hogwarts.
Jim Dale’s familiar and excellent narration of this series is like eating comfort food—it all goes down so well.

Hole in My Life,
by Jack Gantos, read by the author, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 4 hours, 20 minutes, 0-8072-1645-3.

Horse Thief,
by Robert Newton Peck, read by Tom Stechschulte, Recorded Books, 2002, 4 cassettes. 5:45 hours, ISBN 1-4025-2270-3.


by Cornelia Funke, read by Lynn Redgrave, Listening Library, 2003, 10 cassettes,
13.5 hours,

Lyra’s Oxford, by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast, Listening Library, 2003,
1 cassette, 48 minutes,

Maggie’s Door, by Patricia Reilly Giff, read by Fionnula Flanagan, Listening Library, 2003, 2 cassettes
3.5 hours.


by Jerry Spinelli, narrated by Ron Rifkin, Listening Library, 2003, 3 cassettes, 5 hours 5 minutes, 0-8072-1859-6.

My Heartbeat,
by Garrett Freymann-Weyr, narrated by Christy Carlson Romano, Listening Library, 2002, 3 cassettes, 3 hours 15 minutes, 0-8072-1243-1.

A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly, read by Hope Davis, Listening Library, 2003, 6 cassettes, 9 hours 2 minutes, 0-8072-0896-5.

A Room of My Own, by Donald Davis, told by Donald Davis, August House, 2002, 1 cd 1 hour.

Shattering Glass,

by Gail Giles, read by Scott Brick, Listening Library, 2003, 4 cassettes 5 hours 34 minutes.

Song of the Wanderer,
by Bruce Coville, read by Bruce Coville and a full cast, Full Cast Audio, 2002, 4 cassettes, n.t., 0-9717540-1-2.

Stoner and Spaz,
by Ron Kortge, read by Josh Hamilton, Listening Library, 2003, 2 hours 56 minutes, 2 cassettes, 0-8072-1246-6.

Tadpole, by
Ruth White, read by Kate Forbes, Recorded Books, 2003, 3 cassettes, 4 hours, 1-4025-6256-x.

by Brian Jacques, read by the author, Recorded Books, 2003, 9 cassettes, 12.75 hours, 1-4025-3595-3.

The Thief Lord,
by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Simon Jones, Listening Library, 2002, 5 cassettes, 8 hours, 30 minutes, 0-8072-0977-5.

Wish List,
by Eoin Colfer, read by James Wilby, Listening Library, 2003, 4 cassettes, 5 hours 46 minutes, 0-8072-1881-2.

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water,
by Michael Dorris, read by Barbara Rosenblat, Audio Bookshelf, 2003, 8 cassettes, 14.75 hours, 1-8833-3290-7.