Audiobooks, 2011 List
Narrator Dion Graham's softly-cadenced voice is the perfect foil for the tumultuous events of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Carefully differentiating Bartoletti's narrative from the first-hand accounts of freed slaves, former owners, and Confederate generals, Graham paints a disturbingly human picture of the Southern culture that gave birth to the KKK and its white supremacy movement.
Twelve-year-old Liam is "not exactly" on a school trip to the Lake District. He's “more, sort of” masquerading as the supposedly adult chaperone for four younger children on a space ship orbiting the moon. Narrator Kirby Heyborne expresses all the humor, longing, and loneliness in Liam's voice as he records a mobile phone message to his parents explaining how this all came about.
Kim Mai Guest
In this steampunk nightmare, fear and desperation pervade Incarceron, the inescapable, hellish prison that holds Finn, while "protocol" smothers Claudia, the warden's daughter, in the manufactured paradise outside. Narrator Kim Mai Guest clearly differentiates the voices of each character and mimics the intensity and emotional resonance of both worlds as a plot unfolds that leaves listeners longing for the sequel. The text also creates this surprising place through intriguing imagery and appropriate figurative language.
With a bright blend of exasperation and theatricality mixed with gathering dread and despair, Selma Blair narrates the now-familiar story of Anne, the Annex, and her diary. Despite knowing the story’s end, listeners will hang on every word as they feel the restless angst of a teen trapped in an attic wondering about her future. This definitive edition contains new passages not included in the 1947 book.
See the annotation under books for "Ten to Fourteen."
In 1776, British troops tear apart Samuel's comfortable wilderness life when they raid his Pennsylvania settlement and take his parents prisoner. The thirteen-year-old comes of age as he travels east to save his parents and discovers a world different from his remote home in the woods. Sensitive narration and a steady pace draw readers into this gripping tale of courage and self-reliance.
An original musical score and sound effects enhance Jonathan Davis’s grave, confiding voice in this account of a young boy who moves to a small coastal village and realizes that something is wrong with his new home. When he and his sister befriend a local boy, the boy reveals their eerie connection to a nearby shipwreck and a sinister secret that threatens their lives.
See the annotation under books for "Fourteen and Up."
Shades of Don Quixote abound as two teens set out on “impossible” quests. Seventeen-year-old Pancho Sanchez seeks his sister’s killer, and D.Q. hopes to find the meaning of life before he succumbs to brain cancer. Ryan Gesell’s seamless transitions between Anglo and Hispanic accents add life to this tender, vibrant, and sometimes funny novel.