Memorial Day, check. Fourth of July, check. Final Harry Potter movie released, check. Summer’s biggest milestones have already passed us by. Stores are even getting school supplies in! No worries, there’s still plenty of time for road trips or long drives and what better soundtrack than a great audiobook.
Previously reviewed on the Hub, Marcelo’s story is wonderfully narrated by Lincoln Hoppe who captures Marcelo’s voice and his wonder at new experiences. It’s a great listen when traveling late at night wondering about the mysteries of life.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, narrated by Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren.
Katherine Kellgren’s name should look familiar as the narrator of the Jacky Faber books, recently honored at the 2011 Odyssey Award Presentation. Kellgren and Kevin Free set Riordan’s newest series of Egyptian gods and goddess alive with lots of humor and fast-paced action. This listen is perfect for the whole family, adventure, ancient myths and a little romance.
Heist Society by Ally Carter, narrated by Angela Dawe.
Mix equal parts Ocean’s Eleven with a Scooby Doo gang and add a dash of art history and you have the perfect fun summer read. A YALSA Teens’ Top Ten in 2010, Heist Society makes a great listen for that weekend trip with the gang.
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, narrated by Allan Corduner.
While The Book Thief, a 2007 Printz Honor, may not seem like an obvious choice for summer reading, it is a book that packs an emotional punch. Allan Corduner (one of my all time favorite narrators) has the hard task of bringing the most unreliable of narrator’s to life, Death. The Book Thief touches on so many themes, war, the Holocaust, family, love. What better soundtrack for a long road trip with your best friend discussing the big issues in life?
Nation by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs.
Yes, I am mentioning Nation, 2009 Odyssey Honor, again because this is one of those books that can never be sung enough praise for. But what better summer read is there than being stranded on an island with Mau and Daphne, two of Pratchett’s most engaging characters, while Stephen Briggs works his narrating magic? Recommend purchasing this title since one listen isn’t enough.
What other audiobooks make for great road trip soundtracks?
– Amanda Margis, reading Chime by Franny Billingsley and listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett