I was looking for an audiobook for a short trip. I used the CommonSense list of 50 books every child should read by age 12 as a starting point to see if the library had any of them. This was the perfect length for our trip.
Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 280 pages
Setting: various locations within the U.S., 1990s Continue reading
Picked this book up as an audio book for a couple of car trips a few years ago. Cussler is always a fun and safe bet. It’s the first book in the Oregon Files series.
Length: 527 pages
Setting: Cuba and Tibet, present day Continue reading
The family took a quick trip to Toronto just before Thanksgiving. It’s only about a three-hour drive, but we needed something to listen to. My husband found this book and asked if it sounded interesting. I was thrilled to hear it was by Tamora Pierce, since I’d loved the other two series I’d read by her, The Song of the Lioness, and the Beka Cooper trilogy.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 362 pages
Setting: Tortall, soon after the events of Lioness Rampant Continue reading
Gymnastics season has started, which means Miss Adventure and I have meets to drive to. I have the chance to carpool to a couple of the meets, but our first meet was 3.5 hours away and just the two of us in the car. Audiobooks to the rescue to keep me awake on that long drive home! I didn’t bother to get an audiobook myself because Miss Adventure had two on her device that we could listen to. I have listened to the first three books in the Infinity Ring series (although it’s been a while), so the fourth one was appropriate
Genre: middle grade science fiction
Length: 192 pages
Setting: Mostly in a Mayan City, ~600 A.D. Continue reading
Back when I didn’t have many podcasts I listened to, I found a source of audiobooks put out in podcast format. Podiobooks is still going strong and looks to be published new titles. I was looking for science fiction stories and found this one. You can listen to it for free from Podiobooks, and maybe throw a few bucks at the author if you enjoy it. It is not available as a print book.
Genre: science fiction
Setting: out in space, far future Continue reading
I was excited to see that John Scalzi had a new story coming out. I read his blog religiously (it’s one of the few places I enjoy the political writing, even in this horrible election cycle), and I try to get to all his new books. Everything I’ve read so far, I’ve enjoyed. So, when he announced he had a novella coming out that you could listen to for free off Audible, I was in, even if it wasn’t his typical genre. And, if you hurry, you can still get the audiobook for free through November 5th (I think). Just click on the cover to follow a link to the site!
Length: 75 pages
Setting: Chicago, near future Continue reading
Audiobooks have been our saving grace as we drove 20 minutes to rehearsal four times a week. I was first introduced to this book by The Modern Mrs. Darcy and it caught my eye because A Wrinkle in Time is a major plot point. I’ve heard it made a good read aloud, and was excited to see the audiobook was available from our library.
Genre: YA time travel fiction
Length: 199 pages
Setting: New York City, 1978 Continue reading